Spreading live crowdfunding around the world
There have been too many exciting international developments to mention this month. It’s hard to know where to begin, but here are a few highlights:
Congratulations to CAF Russia for highly successful first TFN events in Moscow and Vladivostok this month and to the team at the Mill Community Foundation in the tiny Karelian village of Pryazha in Northern Russian (population 3,500) for their first event attended by 92 villagers (pictured right at the event). One of the event organisers, Vera Titova said; “Our local policeman said that he would donate three thousand rubles if his friend told a joke. He told a joke, and then all the comedy and fun began. Everyone started to tell jokes in a circle and donate money. So we raised 82,700 rubles (£1,000) for three projects - and all three projects have already been implemented.”
A mere 800km south west of Pryazha, the team at Latvian NGO, Ritineitis held their first event in the slightly bigger town of Balvi (population 6,000 ) – you can see a short film of their event here. Huge congratulations also go to our friends, Florencia Roitstein and Andrés Thompson for the first event in Argentina held on the day the Parliament approved a “social emergency” as a result of demonstrations due to a 36% increase in poverty. Given the context, the organisers’ expectations were not high, and yet the group raised around USD 1,500 in total – a brilliant and joyful result. Lastly to Turkey Mosiak Foundation which organised its first event in Istanbul last month raised more than three times their target (the target was EUR 14,000 and they raised EUR 46,000). In a country like Turkey, where individual giving to fund social change is far from the established practice it is in the UK, this is truly ground breaking.
A quick shout out to TFN New Zealand for the next event in Auckland on 25 November which will be supporting innovative, grassroots charities that are helping new-New Zealanders to settle and thrive in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand, translated as “long white cloud”). The event will be hosted by highly respected journalist and TV presenter Aziz Al-Sa'afin who arrived in New Zealand as a refugee from the Gulf War and is a proud LGBT ambassador. Please do forward the details on to any friends or family who may be interested - find the event on Facebook.
If you'd like to read more about TFN's work spreading live crowdfunding globally, have a look at this recent WINGS' blog.