GMF#9 | Fun Ways to Fundraise
TL;DR: In our quest to support charities amid potential economic challenges, we've introduced an AI sidekick tool to reduce manpower costs. However, our roots lie in making fundraising enjoyable, and we've partnered with events like Charity Bike 'n' Blade to blend fun and giving. While online platforms have expanded reach, they can't replicate the magic of real-world gatherings. So, we're working to infuse online experiences with offline engagement, aiming to supercharge charity events for more memorable and impactful fundraising.
Introducing an AI sidekick tool to cut charity staffing costs.
Original mission: "Make Fundraising Fun" – blending enjoyment and giving.
Collaboration with real-world events like Charity Bike 'n' Blade.
Online platforms have extended reach but lack the charm of in-person gatherings.
Exploring ways to merge online and offline experiences for more engaging and unforgettable charity events.
This week, we find ourselves pondering ways to support charities in the coming years, especially if the economy takes a downturn. Our latest experiment involves an AI sidekick tool (Sidekick AI), a little helper aimed at reducing the costs associated with staffing gaps.
But that's just one side of the coin.
Let's rewind the clock a bit. Back when Give.Asia was in its infancy, our rallying cry was to "Make Fundraising Fun." It seemed simple yet profound – if we could inject some enjoyment into fundraising, more people would rally together to do good.
That's when we teamed up with exciting events like Charity Bike 'n' Blade (Charity Bike 'n' Blade 2017) and the Standard Chartered Marathon. These events brought sports enthusiasts together, not just for the thrill of physical activity but to make a positive impact.
Over the years, we've witnessed countless inspiring ways in which everyday heroes have made fundraising an absolute blast. Take the "Pimp My Tuk Tuk" campaign (Clean water and electricity projects for rural Sri Lanka), for example, where folks ride souped-up vehicles to raise awareness and funds for charities. Or consider Miss Singapore to Miss Korea (Miss Korea: Scholarship Fund for Korean Orphans!) using their platform to champion social causes.
And then there's the heartwarming story of Lulu from our team, who celebrated her wedding to support children affected by Agent Orange (Celebrate with Evon and Lulu) . Let's not forget the incredible solidarity shown by Liverpool Football Club during the COVID-19 crisis (You'll Never Walk Alone by Community Chest).
However, as we've moved towards online fundraising, it's undeniable that something has been lost. The magic of a real-world event, where people come together in the same room, interacting and sharing moments, simply can't be replicated online.
Participating in a charity auction, attending a virtual concert, or dressing up for a gala dinner from the comfort of your home just doesn't capture the same spirit.
So, here's the plan: We're taking a step back to our roots to rediscover how we can infuse fundraising with fun once again. Our team is putting their heads together to explore ways to seamlessly blend online experiences with offline moments, making events more engaging and unforgettable.
Exciting ideas are brewing, and we can't wait to share them with you soon. Stay tuned for more! 🚀🤗🖐️
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