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A community-focused marketplace website for design-led Christian gifts from some of the UK's most gifted designers and makers. Join us?
A community-focused marketplace website for design-led Christian gifts from some of the UK's most gifted designers and makers. Join us?
A community-focused marketplace website for design-led Christian gifts from some of the UK's most gifted designers and makers. Join us?
426 backers pledged £15,746 to help bring this project to life.

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Who Are We?

Cheerfully Given is a marketplace website made up of a community of over 60 Christian designers and makers who have a desire to share the Lord Jesus through great design and contemporary craft. Take a moment to watch our video to find out more. 

We want to worship the Divine Craftsman with excellence in all kinds of creative ways. Creative arts have been at the core of Church life since the tabernacle was constructed, so we want to encourage and share that great treasure.

We launched in June 2016 with our current basic beta website, and have since had over 130 applications from amazing creative businesses all over the world.

We have been totally overwhelmed by the levels of interest in our site, and the time has come that we need to develop a purpose-built website in order to grow any further.

Some of the Cheerfully Given Seller Community
Some of the Cheerfully Given Seller Community

What makes us different?

Our website isn't just a place to buy more stuff on the internet. It's a community of people who are passionate about reflecting the life of the Triune God. We want to encourage thoughtful, fair gift-buying and a new way of sharing Jesus in our homes. 

You can click here to read some testimonials from our sellers about how Cheerfully Given has impacted their lives.

A selection of products available through Cheerfully Given
A selection of products available through Cheerfully Given

What is it?

Cheerfully Given is a marketplace website. This means that it's a larger website made up of lots of individual store fronts -- each member of our community has their own business and their own section, but you can also find their products in the wider website alongside designs from other creatives. It's like a really cool market, but virtual! 

You can read our statement of faith here.

Why do we need a new website?

Our current website is an extremely basic beta website in terms of its software and capabilities, and was used to find out if there was enough demand for what we offer to spend a significant amount of money on a new website.

We have determined proof of concept over the past 8 months, during which time we have grown more quickly than we could have imagined. It has become imperative that we have our website forever-home sooner rather than later. 

 How do we know that our concept works well enough to spend almost £25,000 on a new website? 

We haven't been in print or on the radio yet, we haven't had a chance to go to any of the big Christian events (we launched after Spring Harvest and had missed the deadline for the summer events).

The following stats are from our organic, word-of-mouth growth in the 7.5 months since we launched:

60+ sellers

130+ seller applications

6,100 Facebook followers

2,500 Instagram followers

350,000+ website views

Almost 2,000 orders

Interest from 40+ high street Christian retailers

Best weekend of sales: £4,500 in gross sales

In order to serve our seller community effectively, and provide an excellent resource for the wider world, we need a website that is built to our specific needs. 

Why is it so expensive? 

Marketplace technology is much more complex than your average ecommerce website. It takes a lot longer to develop, and there are a lot of different components to ensuring that it will work properly. Raising £15,000 on Kickstarter will provide us with around half of what we need to build the website debt-free.

It will take our highly skilled developer, Josh, at least four months to develop the site, including a complex piece of software that allows each of our sellers to have their own beautiful store-front -- you won't necessarily see the results of Josh's work, but everything that works about the website will be because of his hard work and skill.

Working alongside him will be Cat, our web designer, whose creative genius will be responsible for stunning, user-friendly layouts (the bit of the website you'll see as a customer) that fit in with the Cheerfully Given brand.

Here are some of the costs so you can see how much is being spent on each element:

Josh's web development: £20,000

Cat's web design: £4,000

Kickstarter fees: 9% of final amount

Fulfilment of rewards: 25% of final amount

To build the website debt-free, we need to raise £35,000 through our Kickstarter campaign.

The Cheerfully Given Moodboard, developed by Cat in 2015
The Cheerfully Given Moodboard, developed by Cat in 2015

 

What is our timeline?

Josh started work on the new website in January, and already has the basics set up. We are hoping that the new website will be ready to go live by the beginning of June 2017, just before our first birthday.

Josh - Menekse - Cat
Josh - Menekse - Cat

 The Team

Josh is married and has a little girl. He and his family are based in the Midlands. Josh is a specialist Craft CMS developer and consultant, and is particularly experienced with complex website builds, writing custom plugins, and all things ecommerce. He's recently launched his own web development company, which you can find here. Josh enjoys music, being outside, swimming with his daughter, and more recently, knitting. website // instagram // twitter

Cat is based in the Midlands with her husband and their black Labrador, called Ellie. She is the creative genius behind Cheerfully Given's branding and collateral, which she designed back in 2015. With experience working as a web designer for well-known retailers, Cat also runs Twin Pines Creative, a design studio which she launched in 2015. Cat is a big film-lover, and her love of design is also reflected in her interests and how she spends her free time. website // instagram // twitter

Menekse is married and they live in Nottingham with their Standard Poodle, Dougal. Having trained as an accountant within the Christian retail industry, Menekse then moved into project management and small business development before founding Cheerfully Given. Menekse *loves* creative business, and enjoys finding lovely things from independent designers and makers. Other hobbies include reading, chatting about theology, and eating Easter eggs for breakfast in January. website // instagram // twitter

Why Kickstarter?

We love the nature of crowdfunding, and feel that it's a great reflection of Cheerfully Given's heart for community: a group of people using their resources to support one another and work towards a larger goal. We would love to be able to testify of the power of a crowd of people with a shared vision to create something that will glorify God for years to come!

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:44-45.

We are taking a leap of faith and asking you to help us -- asking you to share your finances with us so that we can continue building this amazing community.

What if we surpass our goal?

Anything raised up to £34,000 will go directly to paying for our website (the maximum amount we need to build our website debt-free). 

The Rewards

A selection of our rewards.
A selection of our rewards.

 

A closer look at some of our rewards:

Both sides of our Website Builder's Tea mug
Both sides of our Website Builder's Tea mug

 

An exclusive Kickstarter design from Patrick Laurent (A3 limited edition print)
An exclusive Kickstarter design from Patrick Laurent (A3 limited edition print)

 

The Cheerfully Given Unicorn, available in The Unicorn and The Awesome Unicorn, or get your own colours made up with The Custom Unicorn.
The Cheerfully Given Unicorn, available in The Unicorn and The Awesome Unicorn, or get your own colours made up with The Custom Unicorn.

 

Afternoon tea with some of the Cheerfully Given sellers at London's super fun Drink Shop Do as part of The Sophisticated
Afternoon tea with some of the Cheerfully Given sellers at London's super fun Drink Shop Do as part of The Sophisticated

 How can you help? 

1. Pledge to our campaign, and get one of our exclusive Kickstarter rewards.

2. Pray for us as we share this journey with the wider body of Christ.

3. Share this campaign with five of your friends who would be interested in what we're doing.

We are trusting God our heavenly Father with this project. We know the new website is vitally necessary in order for us to continue what has been started with our beta website, and we know He knows! 

We are all immensely grateful for every person who has bought from the current site, who has engaged with us on Facebook or Instagram, and we thank you for your interest in this project and for your prayerful support.

Please note that no charge will be made to your bank card until our campaign closes on Monday 13th March 2016. If we don't reach our goal, no money will be charged to your card.  

Risks and challenges

Risks:

A delay in the project being completed if the stretch goal isn't met due to sourcing funds from elsewhere.

We want to be completely transparent about everything we're doing, so if you have any questions that aren't covered here, please get in touch by emailing Menekse at menekse@cheerfullygiven.com.

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    The Lovely

    A Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Club

    12-month membership to the NEW Cheerfully Given Club -- a Facebook group to encourage creative community with exclusive monthly offers from the Cheerfully Given sellers and VIP access to our new website, plus a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Club

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    The Tea-riffic

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    NEW: The Cutie-Pie

    One of Ooh I Like That Design's beautiful A3 Bible Verse Alphabets, plus a coaster and a hand-written thank you card.

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    The Lucky Dip

    You'll receive an item from one of our sellers (check out our Lucky Dip Facebook album for examples of the things that have been donated), a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Awesome

    One of our exclusive crowdfunder prints designed by Patrick Laurent, a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Awesome

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Delightful

    12-month membership to the Cheerfully Given club; one of our exclusive crowdfunder prints designed by Patrick Laurent; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Delightful

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    The Awesome Lucky Dip

    One of our exclusive crowdfunder prints designed by Patrick Laurent; a lucky dip item from one of our sellers (check out our Lucky Dip Facebook album for examples of the things that have been donated), a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Unicorn

    An exclusive crocheted Cheerfully Given unicorn; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Custom Unicorn

    One of our lovely unicorns, but with your choice of colours; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Micro Biz

    An hour's one-to-one with Menekse to help you optimise your Etsy store or develop your social media marketing; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Awesome Unicorn

    An exclusive crocheted Cheerfully Given unicorn; one of our exclusive crowdfunder prints designed by Patrick Laurent; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Mega Biz

    A feature article on our new blog; a link to your organisation or website for the first 12 months of our new site being live; promotion across on each of our social media channels (>12,000 followers and rapidly growing as of 1st March 2017); a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Stop Motion

    A one-minute long stop motion video for your church, small business, or organisation; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Sophisticated

    Afternoon tea & crafting with some of the Cheerfully Given sellers at London's Drink Shop Do (date tbc, Autumn 2017); membership to the Cheerfully Given Club; an exclusive print by Patrick Laurent; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Sophisticated Unicorn

    Afternoon tea & crafting with some of the Cheerfully Given sellers at London's Drink Shop Do (date tbc, Autumn 2017); an exclusive Cheerfully Given Unicorn; membership to the Cheerfully Given Club; an exclusive print by Patrick Laurent; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Interested

    Menekse to come and speak at a meeting of your choice about creative Christianity; membership to the Cheerfully Given Club; an exclusive print by Patrick Laurent; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card.

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    The Crafty

    A creative workshop for 12 people at your home or church (travel for the workshop host included up to 50 miles); membership to the Cheerfully Given Club; an exclusive print by Patrick Laurent; a Cheerfully Given coaster and a handwritten thank-you card. Email hello@cheerfullygiven.com for more information about the workshops we offer.

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