Buengo onboards 25 charities in launch run-up

Fundraising app allows users to buy and sell stuff with profits going to good causes.

Chloe Green | 27th Apr 18

Buy and sell fundraising app Buengo – due to launch 21 May – has announced that has now enlisted more than 25 charity partners to participate in its scheme.

Buengo offers users a digital platform for users to buy and sell donated items while simultaneously allowing them to do good by donating the sale proceeds to their favourite causes.

Charities taking part include Bone Cancer Research Trust, Vision Africa, Manchester Cares, Back on Track, Breakthrough UK, Greater Manchester Youth Network, Spoons, and Barnabus.

The online marketplace is being aimed at regular fundraisers and charity givers to people who are looking to buy used items or to declutter their homes.

With the Buengo model, charities can register for a free profile on the app, which allows them to create fundraising campaigns. When a campaign ends, the proceeds (minus a 5% platform fee and a payment provider fee) are transferred directly to the participating organisation.

The platform also supports direct money donations, which to not incur the platform fee. Buengo also allows charities to send updates to their supporters via the app –creating a new donor communication stream.

Buengo will launch in Manchester on 21st May with a ‘Sell It For MCR’ (‘Sell It For Manchester’) week. Manchester-based charities will launch fundraising campaigns on the app and users will post items for sale, choosing their favourite cause to support. The app is already available to download on the App Store, with an Android version due for availability on 4th May.

Interested charities are invited to attend an information session on Monday 30th April to find out how to get involved.

Buengo founders Fela Hughes and Alex Hancock say they wanted to find a way for good causes to receive donations without having to ask supporters to do so with a direct financial contribution.

The founders said that they believe their digitally-enabled concept will have ‘a profound effect’ on the fundraising sector by serving the dual function of raising more money for charitable organisations while also fostering stronger links in local communities.

Following the Manchester launch, Buengo will be rolling out throughout the UK.