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The ChangeFunder Weekly is an online newsletter from ChangeFunder.org.  
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Today is World Water Day

Today is #WorldWaterDay. Please consider supporting one of the 23 water-focused projects in Kenya on ChangeFunder. Go to this link and type "water" into the search window: https://app.changefunder.org/search-project

Supporting Local Communities during this Global Pandemic

The world has been thrown into chaos by COVID-19.  One week ago, ChangeFunder’s newsletter focus was still on supporting local community-driven needs with our pilot efforts in Kenya.  Since then, the world has found itself facing an unprecedented global challenge that is dramatically upending community-based challenges no matter where you live.
 
In the United States where ChangeFunder is based, we’ve seen cases of the novel coronavirus spike from a few hundred to more than 18,000 in one week.  Our U.S. based team – consisting of a few unpaid volunteers and a dedicated board of directors – met this week and made a decision to continue serving as a platform for giving for our Kenya pilot, but to also make an important pivot towards finding ways to engage our local communities to help in this unprecedented time.  Below are ways to support communities in the United States as well as in Kenya.

A Letter from our Board Chair
 
 ChangeFunder.org is a nascent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage with and support community-defined needs through social media and online giving.  For our first few months of operation we have been focusing on our pilot efforts supporting community-defined projects in Kenya, and we’ve been heartened to see real attention and support for those initiatives.
 
But we find ourselves now in unprecedented times, and we want to pivot to provide support closer to home, where appropriate.  So in addition to continuing to serve as a platform to support communities in Kenya and around the world, we are also making a concerted effort to focus on communities closer to home.
 
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Support to Communities in the United States

ChangeFunder can help amplify, engage, and support charitable giving to any validated community-based project in the United States.   ChangeFunder is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 organization that is registered in almost every single state as a fundraising entity, which means we can help you raise charitable donations for *your* community-based initiatives.   To learn more, visit our website and our Facebook page.

Support to Communities in Kenya
 
For Kenya-related projects, coordination of COVID-19 related projects is being done through one of our on-the-ground partners, Mzingo Development Partners; we recommend you reach out to them, and that you sign up for daily updates from the Kenya UN Resident Coordinator Blog.  We also encourage you to continue to check the Kenya pilot ChangeFunder app for community-driven projects and their needs.

About ChangeFunder.org

ChangeFunder's mission is to change the world by facilitating direct and ongoing global connections between people of means and people of need over a single digital platform. 

ChangeFunder is the brainchild of three entrepreneurs who want to make a contribution to a better world, by using technology to empower community leaders to share their ideas and needs, and connect them to benevolent individuals willing to support them.  

ChangeFunder.org is an all-volunteer operation for now until we can raise enough funds to hire some part-time staff.  Please consider donating to support our operations during this uncertain time.

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