We’re really excited to announce to you today that TingaTinga is launching a capital campaign to enable our growth and sustainability into the future. All the details are on the Growth Campaign page, but we’ll give you the run-down here in the blog post as well:
The TingaTinga Story
TingaTinga started in 2010 because a few guys had some really deep convictions about how Americans can best help people in the third world climb their own way out of poverty. We hold those convictions more genuinely and passionately than ever, and we’ve proven a real model that actually works – but the depth of our own pockets is limited, and we can’t grow without your support.
We’re reaching out to our communities to come alongside us and join this fight. We’re asking people – you – to consider what you can do to make this little reality a bigger one, and this bigger vision a reality. Our goal is to become sustainable as an organization so eventually we, like the entrepreneurs we support in the developing world, won’t rely on donations and hand-outs to run this show. We’re heading in that direction, but to get there, we need to put a considerable amount of capital to work so that the income we make from our investments can cover our minimal operating costs.
The TingaTinga Growth Campaign Goal: In 2013, we need to raise $100,000 to do three things.
What three things?
First, we need to hire a full-time director. Right now, the team is working nights and weekends to make TingaTinga a reality – we love it, and we’ll do it as long as we have to because we believe in the results we’re seeing, but we think we can be so much better with a paid, full-time resource dedicated to growth. Second, we need to send that director around the world a few times to scope out more high-character, talented, and under-resourced entrepreneurs with a vision for restoring their broken communities. Flights aren’t free, so we need some money to make it happen. Finally, we want to keep investing real money into real people with real dreams that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance in the world at getting their ideas off the ground. The majority of the capital we raise from the campaign will be allocated directly to investing in the restorative vision of third-world entrepreneurs.
In exchange for your investment, we’ll give you some say in how things run at TingaTinga. We have important decisions to make about who to fund and where to go, and we value your input in that decision-making process. At such critical times, we’re going to reach out to you, our members, to vote on decisions. The Board will keep 51% of the vote, and the members will contribute 49% of the vote. We’re doing this on automatic monthly subscriptions of $5 or more. If you commit to invest $5/month or more, you’ll be a formal Member of the Tinga Tinga Investor Team. For every $5/month you invest, you’ll receive one vote on our key decisions.
Make it happen.
Will you partner with us in doing great things? We’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions or talk you through what we want to accomplish in the coming years and beyond this growth campaign. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.