Magazine article New Internationalist

We Made It!

Magazine article New Internationalist

We Made It!

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At 10.06pm on Sunday 2 April, 32 days into our community share offer, we hit the £500,000 target. It was an amazing moment.

Then, something even more astonishing happened - the crowdfunder took on a life of its own; funds kept flowing in. As we go to press, the closing figure stands at £704,114 .

Our readers were pivotal to this extraordinary success. You responded with immense generosity and warmth, both by investing and championing our cause. The early cheques and encouraging messages gave us confidence that we could hit this daunting target, and, crucially, prompted others to come on board.

Happily that NI community has just grown exponentially. Our co-op has gone from 18 staffand a handful of trustees to over 3,400 co-owners. At last count, our readers - and former readers - account for roughly a third.

Our owners are all ages and come from all walks of life. They range from (in his words) a 'seasoned old timer of 80 who has been supporting the NI since the 70s' and young activists who have just discovered us. …

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