Greek Bailout Crowdfunder, Thom Feeney joins Funder as CMO

Thom Feeney, the man behind the 2015 attempt to crowdfund a €1.6bn rescue package for Greece, has joined Stockholm based funding platform Funder as Chief Marketing Officer.

Funder is an online fundraising platform that enables small to medium sized associations and organisations and their members to raise more funds, through one-off crowdfunding attempts or regular contributions.

Thom will join Funder with a view to launching an international, English language version of the Swedish site as the startup prepares for a fundraising round itself. Thom said:

“Funder is an exciting and ambitious startup with a clear focus on helping smaller organisations to be better fundraisers - it’s a perfect fit for me. Size is no longer an obstacle to fundraising for charities, all you need is an idea and the right technology.

I’m looking forward to helping more organisations reach their crowdfunding and fundraising goals with Funder, even totally outrageous attempts like mine!”

Over 100,000 people pledged almost €2million to the Greek Bailout fund in July 2015, but as the €1.6bn target was not met, under the terms of campaign everyone was refunded. Feeney set up a second Greek Crowdfund campaign which raised almost €300,000. Working with Athens charity Desmos, this money was used to employ 15 young people in charities across Greece for one year. The young people had a phenomenal impact, their work benefiting 50,000 people across Greece.

Funder was launched in 2013 by CEO Adam Hasslert and Carl-Johan Tessmar and won a Vinnova Innovation Award in 2015 as well as the Mobile for Good award at the Swedish Mobile Awards 2015. Over 45,000 supporters have raised a total of 20M SEK ($2.2M) for 400 organisations across Sweden.

CEO, Adam Hasslert said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Thom to Funder, he has unique experience in the crowdfunding space and is naturally ambitious like the rest of the team here. We have a solid foundation in Sweden, our customers love our product, now we’re excited to take this worldwide!”