The crowd-funding project to fund the renovation and installation of the new organ in the Oude Kerk church in Soest has raised 27,770 euros. The target set for the fundraising campaign was 85,000 euros. Investors had until 1 December to make their contribution via the online platform www.doorgeven.nl. In return, they could receive a CD with organ music, concert tickets or an honorary mention in the photo book describing the organ. ABN AMRO MeesPierson assisted the Stichting Orgelfonds Oude Kerk Soest foundation during the crowd-funding project.
Peter Kwantes, chairman of the Organ Fund for the Oude Kerk in Soest, says: “It is tremendous to see how much enthusiasm the crowd-funding initiative generated in Soest and the surrounding area. Although we unfortunately didn’t hit the target, we can still look back on this campaign with satisfaction. We are grateful to all donors for their generous contributions. And of course, we will try to raise the remaining funds in a different way. We are convinced we will succeed.”
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Rian Vens-Hagting, Director of Relationship Management at ABN AMRO MeesPierson Institutions & Charities, said: “After a successful first crowd-funding project for the Dom Church in Utrecht, we were keen to try out this new way of raising funds for smaller religious institutions as well. The crowd-funding campaign for the Basilica in Sittard, which ended last week, proved to be a great success, with the target amount being easily exceeded. Looking back, it may be that the bar was set a little too high in Soest.”
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