Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Latest

It's been almost 2 months now since we have publicly launched Give Aid Direct.  While the launch day was a very nervous day for me, it went well and within minutes of launching, we had our first donations come through.  Here are a few highlights and some of the challenges we have faced in our first couple months of operations:

  • We have reached the target amount on one project and one person on the site
  • We have received nearly £2,000 of donations from over 20 people in 3 different countries
  • As mentioned in a previous post, we have been granted charitable registration in the UK
  • We've had numerous people contact us either suggesting projects or people to be on the site
  • We've had a number of unsolicited requests from organisations wanting to be a part of what we are doing
  • We have applied for a grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and the Awesome Foundation
  • We have also applied to be in the Impact Den and Filanthrophy Star

Challenges:

  • Getting Paypal to acknowledge that we are a registered charity and thereby reduce their processing charges from 3.8% to 1.8% so that more money can get to the recipients
  • Increasing the traffic to our website so that we increase the awareness of people about what we are doing and more people donate to recipients


We are continuing to apply for grants from other sources and seek to spread our message in many different ways.  Any ideas you have or help you can give - please be in contact.




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