Friends Women’s Association 

         Transforming Community for Social Change

Wikipedia definition: “Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”

In the last few years Crowdfunding has become a popular method of raising funds for organizations. The Bududa Canada Foundation that supports the Children of Bududa program and the Bududa Technical Institute in Uganda has successfully used Global Giving for some of their fundraising.

Friends Women’s Association (FWA) and Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) are experimenting with this method to see if it is beneficial for its fundraising. This memo describes the issues involved with working through Global Giving.

The next step that requires your support:

In order to be accepted as a creditable organization with the ability to post projects on Global Giving’s webpage, FWA and TCSC will need to succeed in its Accelerator program. The first step was to complete the lengthy application and have it approved by Global Giving. This has been completed. The current step, where we need your help, is between March 12 and 30 to have 40 donors contribute $5,000 through Global Giving to FWA’s initial project, “Providing health care to 1000s in Bujumbura slum” and TCSC’s initial project, “Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya.”

Strategy:

As a FWA and/or TCSC supporter, we request your assistance in partnering with us to reach our goals. If 40 donors each give $125, we would reach the target of raising $5000.  If you are in a position to donate additional funds, please consider a larger gift of $250, $500, or more. No donation is too small and we will gratefully accept the minimum donation of $10.

In order to put FWA and TCSC “on the score board,” I myself with donate $125 to each organization on the first day, March 12.

I will also be giving updates for the next three weeks in my Reports from Kenya so everyone knows how we are progressing towards the goals.

If you can donate on the bonus day of March 21, this would be extra helpful. Donations of up to $1000 from any one donor on this date will receive a bonus of approximately 10% which would mostly compensate for the fees charged. For the donation to receive a bonus, it must be made through the internet.

Please forward this memo to anyone you think might be interested in supporting the Friends Women’s Association and Transforming Community for Social Change. “Crowdfunding” needs a crowd and we rely on you to “spread the word.”

For details and to donate to FWA’s “Providing Health Care to 1000s in Bujumbura Slum” control/click on https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-health-care-to-1000s-in-bujumbura-slum/.

For details and to donate TCSC’s “Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya” control/click on https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/responding-to-deadly-conflicts-in-western-kenya/

Advantages:

  1. Donations from the US are tax deductive and donations from England are eligible for Gift Aid.
  2. Donations can be received from any country in the world.
  3. Donations can be made by PayPal, debit/credit card, or check.
  4. Funds received in any one month (if over $250) are wired directly to the FWA or TCSC accounts by the end of the following month.
  5. After FWA and/or TCSC succeeds in the initial Accelerator program, FWA and/or TCSC can fundraise for as many projects as it wants to post on the Global Giving webpage.
  6. Global Giving will be placing FWA’s and TCSC’s projects on its webpage so that people who have never heard of FWA or TCSC will have the information needed to donate. This will increase FWA’s and TCSC’s fundraising base.

Disadvantages:

  1. Global Giving charges a 15% fee for its services for the first $5,000 raised in its Accelerator program and then 10% for anything above $5,000. But Global Giving has a number of bonus and matching funds programs which they claim, for most organizations, equals or exceeds the amounts collected for its services. For this Accelerator program the bonus day is March 21 so it would be preferable for you to make your donation on this day.
  2. Global Giving only accepts donations in US dollars or British pounds.

Ways of giving to GlobalGiving:  

  • Debit/Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB cards are all accepted.
  • PayPal: Donors can use PayPal from any country in order to make a donation through GlobalGiving.
  • Check: GlobalGiving accepts check donations as long as they are received at their office at least two full business days before the end of the Accelerator campaign. Checks should be made out to GlobalGiving Foundation and include project ID number in the memo line, #31891 for FWA and #31755 for TCSC. Mail checks in US dollars to 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Ste 550, Washington, DC 20005, USA. Mail check is British pounds to 6 Great James Street, London WC1N 3DA, United Kingdom.
  • International checks must be at least US$100, US checks must be at least $10. 

Thanks for your consideration of participating in this crowdfunding for the Friends Women’s Association and Transforming Community for Social Change. If you have any questions on this, please contact me at davidzarembka@gmail.com.

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Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC)

For “Ways to Donate” go to https://transformingcommunityforsocialchange.wordpress.com/donate-2/

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From 1998 to 2016, David Zarembka was the Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams. He continues his peacemaking work in East Africa with Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) and Friends Church Peace Team (FCPT). He has been involved with East and Central Africa since 1964 when he taught Rwandan refugees in Tanzania. David is married to Gladys Kamonya and lives in western Kenya. David is the author of A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region. He is an analyst on eastern Africa issues for TVC News in Lagos, Nigeria.

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David Zarembka

Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC)

Phone 254 (0)726 590 783
Reports from Kenya: www.davidzarembka.com/

Email: davidzarembka@gmail.com

Webpages: healingandrebuildingourcommunitiesinternational.wordpress.com/

transformingcommunityforsocialchange.wordpress.com/

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