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This blog contains all back issues of the FunDonor weekly newsletter. It will also be used to share updates and news. If you wish to add content to the blog, email a request using the BLOG button.

Portability!

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The FunDonor app is designed to be portable. The idea is that it will be used at any event (like an awards ceremony) to spice up charity giving…

Pick myself up!

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This week was my mother-in-law’s funeral…

Sombre Times

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You may recall me sharing that both my in-laws died from COVID…

Rejection…

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For a few years I have reached out to celebrities trying…

Transparency

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FunDonors entire concept is based on transparency…

It’s About You

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FunDonor started with a dream to build a platform that anyone anywhere could be a part of. We’re excited…

It’s Hot

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The weather has been sizzling in the UK recently. So we went camping with family and the boys and we all got crazy…

Celebrity Integrity

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FunDonor is serious about celebrity integrity. Our aim is never to compromise the integrity of the role model…

Match Funding

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Q&A

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From time to time I get a few questions about FunDonor…

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A new volunteer started a couple of weeks ago…

A Little Change

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A volunteer started last week…

Happy Bday

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It was my birthday on Saturday…

Our Ad

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We launched our latest ad…

Strength

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I talked about strength on social media this week…

Keep it Simple

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I shared a few thoughts about keeping it simple on social media this week…

How it Started

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A few years ago I was on safari in Malawi. I was excited. It was my first safari…

At Home

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Last week I mentioned that our next ad would be out soon. The ad is done…

Corona Blues

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These Corona blues can deflate you, make you feel like giving up. Or they can motivate you, inspire you…

Grief Beyond

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Last week there was no newsletter. This was out of respect for my mother & father in law. Both passed from COVID 19.

Celebrate

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This week my father-in-law passed away from COVID 19. Tragic. You see the daily death count on TV …

Kindness

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FunDonor will encourage acts of kindness. Ambassadors who reach out and engage…

We Need Some Colour

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This week I changed themes on social media. I shared images of vibrant colour. I reckon we need more positive energy in these COVID times…

Challenging Times

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This week I continued my theme to share happy faces. What else in challenging times like these? Our world as we know it will change forever. That seems clear…

Sharing Happy Faces

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This week I shared some happy faces on social media. I reckon its one small thing I can do in this pandemic climate. I hope it brings a smile…

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A Different Mothers Day

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Today was Mother’s Day in the UK. It was surreal. A never seen before experience…

Small Size, Big Impact

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Be No. 1 at what you do. No. 2 doesn’t quite sound the same. I said this on social media…

Who is a FunDonor Ambassador?

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A FunDonor Ambassador is the most important person in FunDonor…

Be The Best

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Be No. 1 at what you do. No. 2 doesn’t quite sound the same. I said this on social media…

What Charities Get

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Charities will benefit the most from FunDonor. A role model/ celebrity must nominate a charity to benefit…

Give With Confidence

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Do you give with confidence? According to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), you probably don’t. This is…

A Deeper Look

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I’ve had a few questions about exactly how an ambassador will earn money with FunDonor. It’s actually simple…

Why Should I Get Involved?

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Because FunDonor is designed to empower young people to earn whilst having fun.

A Nice Feature

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FunDonor was featured this month in Business Day’s Corporate Social Impact section.

What You Get

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As our Indiegogo crowdfund launch approaches, I’ll be sharing what’s on offer

Our New Ad

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This week we start our social media ad campaign. Watch a sneak preview here. 

2020

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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020. We launch our Indiegogo crowdfund campaign this year and will be running a few ads soon. Look out on social media. Our platform will be run in partnership with the guys behind Comic Relief & Red Nose Day…

Seasons Greetings

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Seasons Greetings to all our well wishers. Thank you for all your support throughout the year. Some of you have given constructive feedback and have helped shape our campaign. Others have expressed concerns which we have taken on board.

Be Ready

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This week I advised anyone developing an idea to be ready. That is the key. When opportunity knocks and you’re not ready, dare not open the door. Unpleasant experiences might await. At FunDonor we’re ready. We have addressed all T & C’s…

Eye on the Prize

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My phone was out of action last week. It meant we missed some postings on social media. It reminded me how dependent we have become on our devices. A part of me seemed missing as things came sharply into focus. It made me reflect, focus on plan B.

Creating The Dream

FunDonor is my dream. It started a few years ago whilst on safari in Malawi. I had heard of a school being built for charity and went to have a look. Problem was, there was no school, no building, nothing, just a crumbling old sign board. On investigating it became clear that monies…

On The Shelf

This week I advised social media followers not to be left on the shelf. Stand up, brush off the dust and get noticed. We all have something to be proud of, we need to learn how to flaunt it…

My Role Model

We all have role models. One of mine is Oprah Winfrey. Who is yours? Role models inspire us…

Good Grounding

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I reminded followers on social media this week that a good grounding is important…

A Lifelong Stake

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Someone asked me to explain how they can earn a lifelong stake in FunDonor as mentioned..

Launching Soon

I was advised this week by a trustee not to delay our crowdfund launch too long. It might just make people a bit weary…

Young People

This week I’ve been reminding everyone on social media why FunDonor is focused on young people. Quite simple. Young people need money. FunDonor will empower them to earn money. Young people dream big…

I Need Your Feedback

New volunteer input has led to us testing a promo on Instagram and Facebook. You can watch it here or on Instagram or Facebook. It’s only 45 secs long. We would appreciate some feedback…

Don’t Regret

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This week I asked social media followers if they ever regretted not doing something when they were young? Like learning to play a musical instrument? I think we all do, but don’t let it hold you back. Look at FunDonor…

 Keep Walking

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I read an Obama quote the other day – If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress

Slow & Steady

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A few followers were asking why we haven’t launched our crowdfund campaign yet. I don’t think we’re ready. That’s all. We are growing the number of our supporters and I have noticed that progress is slow but steady…

Don’t Stop

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In the last couple of weeks I have been encouraged by my connections on Linked in…

Talk More

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This week I decided to try something new on Linked In. My engagement has been quite poor, so I started reaching out…

For Granted

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We often take the little things for granted. Two people can look at the same picture and have widely contrasting interpretations…

Colourful Footprints

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This week I encouraged our followers on social media to leave colourful footprints in their wake. Adding a little colour to someones life can…

Refreshed

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Just back from a refreshing break to Greece. It was well needed. I’ve recharged my batteries and I’m ready to go. Already excited…

A Nice Mention

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Our recent Cultural Diversity exhibition at the Bernie Grant Art Centre got a nice mention in Tottenham Community Press, a local Tottenham newspaper…

Giving Back

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FunDonor is all about giving back. The focus is on empowering young people. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)’s 2019 report on giving shows a steady decline in people donating to charity…

Confidence

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Looking back over recent workshop outcomes of over 50 children from 3 schools in Tottenham, something struck me. Every child that chose this image as inspiration…

Diversity

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The private view for Cultural Diversity, The Exhibition took place at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre last Friday. The highlight for me was the Diversity Tree…

Obstacles

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Last week I stumbled across a motivational statement. “A path without obstacles leads nowhere”. How true. It made me reflect on mine…

Stand Out

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Over 50 Children from 3 primary schools took part in diversity focused workshops this week. This was all part of Kambani Arts’ Cultural Diversity exhibition…

Let The Children Speak

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Friday 28 June 2019 was a stark reminder of the power unleashed when children express themselves. The cultural diversity workshops took place at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre…

The Last Bus

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I reminded followers on social media this week that no one should feel pressured to get the ‘last bus’. Be patient. Another one will come along, usually better than the last. We need to push hard in all we do…

Fathers Day

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16 June 2019 was Fathers Day in the UK. My boys planned a sweet surprise for me, so touching. With mum’s help, they took me to Cosmo’s eat-all-you-can restaurant in Romford, Essex. I had an amazing time…

A Helping Hand

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This week I shared on social media about giving a helping hand. Remember to offer a hand…

Cultural Diversity

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Our parent company Kambani Arts recently received a grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All programme…

Be                      Inspired

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I’ve been busy trying to recruit a couple of volunteers. Had some good responses from Charityjob

Colour Your Life!

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This week I asked followers on social media to take a moment to reflect on how colourful their life is…

The FunDonor Blog

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The FunDonor Blog is now active. It can be accessed via the website menu. It contains all back issues of the FunDonor weekly newsletter and may also be used to share updates and news…

Social Influence

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I delivered a youth empowerment workshop with VLN this week in North London. I inspired a few more ambassadors to help the FunDonor cause. It was challenging. Young people have a divergent mindset…

Screen Nation 2019

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The 2019 Screen Nation film and television awards took place last night in the classy Mayfair Hotel in central London. The night was good…

Take A Break

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Sometimes you need a break, take stock, replenish your approach. I just did. Went to Italy with my family for a few days. Couldn’t have come at a better time…

Pressure

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What is the best way to mount pressure on those you seek support from? You know they’re poised to help because they’ve said so. Problem is, they’ve also gone silent…

Pre-Launch & Blog

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I’ve been working on our pre-launch page and blog recently. They should be ready after the Easter break…

The Mother Effect

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Yesterday was mothers day in the UK. There was a lot of celebrating taking place. Restaurants were booked out, mothers smiles punctuated your every glance…

How It Works

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I’ve received a number of queries recently about how the donating process works so I’m pointing you to a simple video I made that breaks it down…

Social Influence

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This week I tried a new Instagram approach to engage with influencers. I’ve already got 3 signed up. That’s amazing. Next thing is to persuade them to share content. That would be cool…

Failure

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No one likes failure. Truth is, you may never know what success really means if you haven’t failed. Not just once either. Most success stories we recognise have a foundation in failure…

Network

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This was the setting at London Village Network’s “Donate an Hour” event on 1 March. There were lots of opportunities to engage with people and organisations…

It’s all about giving back!

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This week I shared about giving back. There’s no better feeling than giving back, especially when it’s appreciated, when it changes someones life…

Love Always Wins

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I was told recently, learn to love yourself. When you do, everything falls into place, things get done. But don’t stop there. Love what you do…

Inspiration

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Inspiration was the key word in most FunDonor social media posts this week. I shared that my ultimate inspiration comes from children. Why? Because they are innocent…

Rise When You Fall

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When you fall, people watch to see if you’ll get up. Some don’t. Some get up and convince you they never fell. They transform their circumstance…

Kids, Confidence & Laughter

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On social media this week I shared about kids, confidence and laughter. Kids can be crazy. They’re also innocent. Its a recipe for creativity…

A Single Step

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They say every journey starts with a single step. This week we started taking steps to get closer to some influencers…

Crowdfund Campaign

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Just back in the UK from CES in Las Vegas. Quite incredible. If you’re into gadgets/ electronics, make it your mission to attend next year…

Take a Break

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I’m away this week on a much needed break. We all need one sometimes to help us refocus, to re-prioritise the things that are more important in life…

2019 – Here We Come!

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This is my most endearing image of HOPE. It is sublime. Works of art like this have inspired me to show some appreciation and respect to some of our founding artists on social media. I will continue this into 2019. Some may ask why? FunDonor is an art focused initiative. The inspiration came from our artists. Our crowdfund rewards are art focused and we will be offering lots of art themed incentives before we launch…

Seasons Greetings!

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We wish you a wonderful festive season. Thank you for all your support this year. We hope you continue to support us moving forward. Thank you…

I Need Feedback

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This week I uploaded our crowdfund video. I made some changes from your feedback but I would like more. So kindly take a moment to watch…

MLGV

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Confused about what MLGV stands for? It’s an initiative started by one of our artists. Make Love Go Viral. I shared this on social media this week. I think it’s cool…

The Long Straight Road

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This week on social media, I shared about straight roads, confidence and trust. Life’s roads are rarely straight. They’re full of twists and turns…

Artful Inspiration

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Anyone following our social media campaign would have noticed something this week. I love art. It’s like an illness. It keeps me focused, keeps me inspired…

Are You Content?

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I shared this on social media this week. I called these guys ‘Smiles of Content’. The reason? I recall meeting them at a cultural carnival. They were at ease with their role. They wore signs of torment and strife but smiled with contentment and charm. I could hear the smile in their voices…

The Speed of Youth

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My son has grown. He’s 12. I watched him on his phone the other day. The speed at which his fingers danced over the keyboard. Left me a little dazed. It also got me thinking. Young people engage at speeds we cant comprehend. This can only be good news for FunDonor. Imagine a whole new world of high speed engagements across multiple platforms. I can’t wait…

What If I’m Older?

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I had a healthy exchange with a retired artist on LinkedIn this week. They loved the idea but were put off by its focus on young people. I explained that an ambassador could be any age – 90, 100, doesn’t matter. What matters is attitude. I added that the only reason we focus on young people is because their demographic rarely give back and we want to empower them to. Older people give regularly, young people don’t. At the end of our exchange, they pledged their support, subscribed and expressed a desire to be a ‘Golden Ambassadors’.

I was asked a couple of questions…

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Following last weeks update, I got asked a few questions. Que: How much will the charity get from donations?…

Ask Me Anything!

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I’ve been receiving a few queries via Linkedin. This is good. Please query more. I want to be totally transparent. If we aspire to gain the confidence of influential role models then we must demonstrate integrity…

Be Bold

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Be Bold, Be Graceful, Don’t Fear. These are my key words for the week. They remind me of failed projects, of how fragile start ups are and how most fail. Then I remember that failing is not all that bad..

It’s Times Like This I Feel Helpless

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Taking in all the recent devastation in Indonesia has left me feeling helpless. I want to do something but feel I can’t…

Inspire Young People

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FunDonor is centred on inspiring young people to achieve their dreams. Our mission is to impact lives and create change, empowering young ambassadors to aim high…

Our Indiegogo Launch Date is Changing

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We’ve pushed our Indiegogo launch date forward as we are simply not ready right now. I think its important to be honest and realistic. If we launch in October we risk not hitting our target…

Did You Know…!

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Did you know that FunDonor will be run in partnership with the guys behind the Comic Relief and Red Nose Day platforms? We are in safe hands… Did you also know that when we launch, ambassadors must pledge to protect and NEVER compromise the integrity or confidentiality of the role model…

Rejection Can Be Good

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I’ve been approaching a number of celebrities and role models recently, trying to get them involved in FunDonor. It’s not easy. You inevitably face rejection. Lots of rejection. This week was better. I got a positive responses from Victoria Beckham’s head of PR and the Arsenal Foundation…

We Got A Nice Mention Today!

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FunDonor was featured on the Ask Me Anything Blog today. Left a good feeling. Reminded me why it all started. Take a look. I will be engaging in an AMA session over the next couple of weeks…

Living a Fun Filled Life?

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Is your life fun? Do you sleep like a baby at night? Have you performed a random act of kindness lately? If you can you say yes to these 3 questions then you’re living a fulfilled life…

Who’s Behind FunDonor?

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My name is Chima. That’s me in the picture with my family. FunDonor is my dream. I’m a simple, normal guy, nothing special. I just believe my calling is to give back. That drives me…

I Rarely Give Back… Why?

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The simple reason – I’m not sure the money goes where it’s promised. Do you feel the same? Want to do something about it? I do. That’s why I’m starting FunDonor…

Young People and Giving

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Young people are the driving force behind FunDonor.

Last week I went to a couple of graduation ceremonies and was reminded why…

Things Are Taking Shape

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Things are slowly beginning to take shape with the FunDonor campaign. We will keep you better informed by sending a weekly update until we get closer to our crowdfund launch…