Small group discussion during workshop: Notice the involvement of the security official in uniform during one of the community dialogues that brought various actors together to plan a peaceful way forward for Burundi.

Be one of the 40 donors needed to raise $5,000 for Innovations in Peacemaking – Burundi (IPB) to become a partner in Global Giving’s crowdfunding organization. To donate to IPB’s initial project, click onReconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi.” The June Accelerator campaign begins at 9:00 AM eastern US time on June 11 and ends on June 29 at midnight. June 20 is a bonus day.

 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. In March Friends Women’s Association (FWA) (Burundi) and Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC) (Kenya) successfully completed Global Givings’s Acceleration Campaign to become permanent members of Global Giving. There were 583 organizations that applied for the campaign, but only 83 (14%) succeeded. To qualify therefore is a major challenge. Under the leadership of Elie Nahimana, Innovations in Peacemaking-Burundi (IPB), which implements the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) and other peacemaking programs in Burundi, has been accepted for Global Giving’s June Acceleration program.

Elie Nahimana, National Coordinator for Innovations in Peacemaking – Burundi.

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, IPB 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 June 11 and 29 when IPB has to have 40 donors contribute $5,000 through Global Giving to IPB’s initial project, “Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi.” While you can’t donate until June 11, you can visit the fundraising webpage at http://goto.gg/33287.

Strategy:

We request your assistance in working with us to reach our goals. In particular we would ask you to recruit donors to this endeavor. If you have been reading the Reports from Kenya, you know the necessary and significant work IPB is doing in Burundi during the current crisis which began in 2015. See IPB’s new webpage, http://innovationsinpeacemakingburundi.wordpress.com/. Elie and I ask you to approach your family, friends, meeting/church members, and other acquaintances to ask them to support this effort. This is what “crowdfunding” is all about – outreach to those who may not have first-hand knowledge of IPB. To help you out with this I have attached a flier which you can forward by email or print out. Goto IPB — Flier for Global Giving Campaign.docx.

In order to set a positive example and to put IPB “on the score board,” I myself with donate $125 ($5,000 divided by 40) on the first day, June 11. I hope that you also can be one of the needed remaining 39 donors.

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

If you can donate on the bonus day of June 20, this would be extra helpful. Internet 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. If you make a recurring donation of up to $200, you will be counted as 2 donors and Global Giving will match your contribution after four payments have been made.

For a description of the project and to donate to IPB’sReconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundicontrol/click on  http://goto.gg/33287.

A HROC basic workshop with university students at IPB office. Photo by Rodrigue I.

Advantages of working with Global Giving:

  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 IPB account by the end of the following month.
  5. After IPB succeeds in the initial Accelerator program, it can fundraise for as many projects as it wants to post on the Global Giving webpage.
  6. Global Giving will be placing IPB projects on its webpage so that the 120,000 donors on GG’s email base who have never heard of IPB and the 250 major corporations associated with Global Giving will have the information needed to donate to IPB. This will increase IPB’s fundraising base. FWA and TCSC have received a number of donations from Global Giving’s base donors and TCSC has received one donation through their corporation contacts.

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 June 20 where Global Giving will give a bonus of up to 10% on all donations on that day. Therefore it would be preferable for you to make your donation on June 20.
  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, #50046 for IPB. Mail checks in US dollars to 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Ste 550, Washington, DC 20005, USA. Mail checks 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 Innovations in Peacemaking – Burundi. If you have any questions on this, please contact me at davidzarembka@gmail.com.

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DONATE

To make a tax deductible (US) or gift aid eligible (UK) donation through Global Giving,

For Transforming Community for Social Change (TCSC), go to http://goto.gg/31755

For Reconciliation on Mt Elgon, go to http://goto.gg/32883

For Kakuma Refugee Camp, go to http://goto.gg/33132

For the Friends Women’s Association, go to http://goto.gg/31891

To support Building FWA’s Maternity Ward, go to http://goto.gg/32980

For Innovations in Peacemaking – Burundi, go to  http://goto.gg/33287

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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/ (Kenya)

innovationsinpeacemakingburundi.wordpress.com/ (Burundi)

www.fwaburundi.com/ (Burundi)

healingandrebuildingourcommunities.org (Rwanda)

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