Championship wins help charities win big at fundraising

Love it, or hate it, football is something that millions of people across the globe are passionate about. We’re only in July and already 2016 has seen some real underdogs take home trophies.

In May, we watched with baited breath as Leicester City won the Premier League title, with bookies rating their chances at 5,000-1. After Leicester’s shock victory their popularity increased, the amount of people searching for them on Google soared, and official merchandise was selling out in shops across the country.

eSolidar successfully launched an auction in collaboration with Teenage Cancer Trust, for a Leicester City FC shirt signed by the team. This was viewed over 5800 times and raised a staggering £8000.


Speaking about winning the auction, Martyn the lucky bidder said, I have been a Leicester City supporter for the last 56 years, since I was 11 years old and was a season ticket holder until I moved to Holland. I now live most of the year on Curacao where I am in the happy position of being able to watch virtually all of Leicester’s games, both home and away.  Although obviously not a teenager any more, it is a cause close to my heart, as I have recently been successfully operated on for colon cancer.’ 

Last week also saw the final of the UEFA Euro 2016, with the home country France taking on Portugal. After a tense match, with Portugal’s star player Ronaldo being carried off and having a moth land on his face, they went on to win 1-0 in extra time.

eSolidar once again successfully launched an auction in partnership with Associação Paws Inn Pet Steps who help train assistance dogs, guide dogs as well as training and boarding services for family pets.

Portugal National Team Shirt

With the celebration of Portugal’s success still going strong, the auction raised over £3041 and brought more awareness to a truly deserving charity.

With so much passion and love for a game, it’s important that we spread that to charities to help those less fortunate than us.


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For those who don’t know me, my name is Marco Barbosa and I’m a co-founder of eSolidar, together with Rui Ramos and Miguel Vieira. We’ve been hard at work and are over the moon to announce some exciting news.

In May 2014, we launched officially what we call a “solidarity ecosystem”, so that technology could empower social impact (and vice-versa), connecting and engaging the different factors of the social economy. is a 2-sided marketplace that combines charities and their communities, by offering easy ways to raise funds and awareness to amazing charitable causes.



Field Day 2016 & Shelter team up with eSolidar for charity auctions

This year’s Field Day festival took place in London’s Victoria Park over the course of the 11th and 12th June – and the weather didn’t dampen festival goers spirits. Headlining the event were James Blake on the Saturday and PJ Harvey closing the weekend event on the Sunday, sandwiched between them on the lineup were the likes of Roots Manuva, Skepta, Temper Trap and more.

Shelter, who help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services – were the official charity partner for this year’s festival. Working as part of a cohesive team across three companies – Field Day, Shelter and eSolidar decided upon a charity initiative whereby artists paint and sign canvases backstage.  (more…)

We use the internet to shop, date & consume, so why is charitable giving so low online?

If you’ve been following our eSolidar story you’ll know about the power of online communities and how we’re striving for a better world. Since launching we’ve raised over £82,000 for charities worldwide and that number keeps on growing daily.

Learn how eSolidar is a powerful tool to stay committed with the community and engage with them.

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eSolidar reassesses how charities fundraise online

Last week eSolidar and its founder Marco Barbosa hosted a panel discussion titled ‘Reassessing How Charities Fundraise Online’ at the Impact Hub on York Way, London, to celebrate the launch of its new website. eSolidar is a global giving marketplace that empowers the connection between charities and their communities by providing easy ways to raise funds and awareness.

Recently named in Forbes’ list of 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs for 2016, Barbosa chaired a panel that featured four expert guests: Devi Clark, Scaling Manager at Impact Hub; Mark Salway, Director of Social Finance at Cass Business School; Ana Henneberke, Head of Software Delivery at JustGiving; and Howard Lake, Publisher at UK Fundraising(more…)

Darth Vader donates his signed helmet for Army of Angels

Army of Angels was one of the first UK charities that registered on our platform and has successfully sold items in their online charity shop. In December, a private donor offered Army of Angels a Darth Vader collector’s helmet, which was autographed by Dave Prowse. Prowse played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and signed this item on 1st December 2015 in Croydon. The American Film Institute listed him as the third greatest movie villain in cinematic history. (more…)