The Mustard Seed Project Kenya
It has been another busy few months in our GlobalGiving UK London office, busy programmes, campaigns, annual meetings, lots of international volunteers starting out. Our team members come from all over the world: UK, Portugal, Russia, France, Poland, Croatia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Venezuela, the US, Canada (I could go on)- the conversations get really exciting in our office with such an international team!
We would like to thank you once again for helping us to support our partner charities in doing their great work worldwide: it truly makes a difference.
Our recent ‘50% Bonus Week’ campaign for partners raised an incredible £36,367 for their projects: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/leaderboards/bonus-week/.
Match funding campaigns are a great way to inspire donations, and this proved to be a fantastic opportunity for some of our projects to boost their fundraising. For the Mustard Seed Project in Kenya, this week was hugely important: in the seven day they made huge gains on their £10,000 target- not only did they receive an incredible £5,621 in donations, but this was boosted by nearly £2,000 match funding and a £1,000 bonus for coming in at the top of the leaderboard! This fantastic effort brings them much closer to building a new school where they can provide quality education and meals for 300 children in a Mombasa slum.
We are entering yet another exciting period as we prepare to bring even more partners on board: we are currently building up to our Spring 2014 Gateway Challenge. This is a fundraising competition that will run from 1st May to 5th June, and all participating organisations that raise over £2000 from at least 50 donations in that time will become GlobalGiving UK partners. There is plenty to do before this can begin though: we thoroughly vet all of the participating charities and run a month-long online training program to prepare them for the challenge! This program consists of a course of sessions on topics relevant to online fundraising, helping these small charities improve their skills to make sure they can raise as much as possible. The charities that took part in our Winter 2013 Challenge did an incredible job- raising over £75,000 between them (from over 1500 donors)- so we are excited to see a repeat of this success!
"We were fundraising novices and so the training enabled us to go from nothing to executing a successful campaign.” Salem Union, Kazakhstan
“So very pleased we took part and look forward to a strong partnership in the future. Extremely useful training and learning. We are further along than we were.” Rajesh, Our Sansar in Nepal
Our Annual General Meeting held in February and was a great opportunity for us to connect with the wider GlobalGivingUK community and hear from our project partners. One of our volunteers that attended described it as a “wonderful opportunity for everyone to hear about each others’ successes: I learnt a lot from those that spoke and I am truly inspired by the fantastic things that our projects are doing!” It is events like this that allow us to hear about the genuine impact our partners have, and we can only thank you again for the support that you give: it is you who makes it all possible. Thank you.