Thank you all!
This GlobalGiving campaign which ran for 5 days up to 11:59 pm on 18 September has come to an end. GlobalGiving is an international organisation which provides a platform for small non-governmental organisations. To promote themselves and increase the circle of contacts, to make a donation. During the Little by Little campaign GlobalGiving matched each donation up to $50 with another 50%, in the hope that this would attract a lot of small donors and to show the power of working together for good causes.
GlobalGiving has registered and vetted more than 7,000 projects worldwide. Of course not all projects were actively involved in the Little by Little campaign. The Ruach Foundation has been a member of GlobalGiving for about three years now, and by participating in GlobalGiving campaigns we have been able to raise about $4,000 every year for our work in Juigalpa: a valuable contribution to maintaining our community home, our activities club and our Ruach’s outreach work
With the help of Eric who lives in England and my daughter Daniella from Ecuador we prepared for the Little by Little campaign as professionally and well-thought through as we could, given our combined limited experience in this field. In an attempt to get the máximum benefit from the campaign. Which this time was not focused on our social programmes, but on a new Project: ‘Ruach optics’, i.e the setting up of a spectacles shop with optometrical services with the aim to make progress towards being more economically independent. Therfore becoming less dependent on donations.
The results of the campaign at the end are as follows:
Project Ruach Optics Rank 33
total: $4,782 Donated: $3,930 Matched $852 Donors 42 monthly donor 1
Only 42 organisations attracted more donors that we did (10 organisations were tied for the same rank), which means we managed to be in the top 1% of all GlobalGiving projects. We had a total of, also, 42 donations, our largest number ever for one week! Unfortunately 42 donations was not enough to take away a bonus prize for being among of the the 5 organisations which attracted the largest number of donors. For example, the organisation who got 5th prize in this category had 373 donors, and the winner 824!
But of course we are very grateful and moved by such generous donations by so many donors! From some of them we got feedback why and how they supported us. I’d like to share some of the most remarkable initiatives with you.
- I forwarded your email (explaining the campaign and requesting to forward it to friends) to about 40 addresses. I am curious what the outcome will be.
- Your letter is doing the rounds and got to me via Ada. I've read your letter with a lot of interest and I am full of admiration about your achievements in Juigalpa. I'm delighted to support your work and have spread the news via the website of 'de Regenboog' (The Rainbow) community in Leiden.
- Early this week I forwarded your mail to 43 ecclesiae members with a request to make a donation. I know that at least two of them have done so, but hopefully more will do so. I'll know more coming Sunday. It's such a good initiative. Good luck!
A campaign to support our campaign: flee market in Oegstgeest, Netherlands
I became enthusiastic when I got Astrid's letter about the special Little by Little campaign and the 50% top up on each donation up to $50. I walked through my appartment, looked inside my cupboards, and saw many things I no longer use. Superfluous crockery, travel souvenirs from different parts of the world; lots of handicrafts.
So on 13 september I set up a stall in a beautiful sunny garden in Oegstgeest. Many people looked at the ítems, but I did not sell much. But people did donate in a tin with a picture of Manuel and the text: 'Did you not find anything to buy? We would much appreciate your contribution to Vivir Juntos via the website: www.globalgiving.org/projects/project-ruach-optics
I also put some flyers in the stall and some people said they woulf donate via the site. But I've also received money from friends and family who find it difficult to donate via the GlobalGiving site, so I did it for them. Love, Miek
PS: Miek indeed passed on all her earnings from the flee market and donations from her family and friends to our Project on GlobalGiving. Mieke, you are a star!
The power of working together
So much can be achieved if many people all contribute a little. That's why our slogan is: 'Together we can make a real difference'. We all proved thast again with this campaign. Does that not give energy and a big sense of gratitude? It does that for me. The support we have received is truly inspirational and encouraging. Maaaaaany Maaany thanks!