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The basic premise that people are motivated only by the pursuit of money, fame and love, is, I think, simply put, not true. When we look around the world I think we see all kinds of people engaged in altruistic endeavors where personal gain is secondary to the charitable purpose.
We continue to go through a process to transform our organization for the better because we believe and are driven by the concept of repairing the world and it’s not based on wealth or personal publicity. There are many things we have learned along the way and continue to experience that motivate us to do this work everyday. We can share the driving forces that helped us get to this point and that may help others looking towards a similar path or experience.
Why Personal Gain Is Secondary To Purpose
1.) Find A Niche and Fill It
My partner and I started Ten Gav about a year ago in order to make a contribution to the people and country we live in. We find more and better ways for families-in-need to leave the cycle of poverty and create better lives for themselves and their families. We take applications from social workers around Israel who are looking for ways to help their clients with needs that cannot be funded by the existing social services structure. For the most part these are sensitive, committed professionals wanting to do good by helping their clients acquire something they need: It might be a stove, a fridge, or a washing machine..r It might be a laptop computer to get through school, or transportation for medical treatments, or soccer fees for the kids. If you visit our website today you will see that we are looking to help fund an aide for a child with a severe illness and a bed for a young adult who suffers from cognitive and motor developmental delays.
2.) Engage with Technology
We use an internet giving model and we find that crowdfunding to fulfill these needs is a viable and meaningful way for people to give and to engage in our work with families in need. Using a combination of social media together with direct email has increased awareness of our stories and the accumulated effect has been to bring in new donors. We post requests on our web site at Ten Gav and then it’s up to the free market to fund them. In just one year we have already funded over 100 needs cases.
3.) Network your Ideas & Ask a lot of Questions
Talk to everyone you meet about your project. You never know who is in a position to help you. And you never know what kind of helpful tips you might receive. The online community is a great place to find information but talking to real people is just as important. We spend a lot of time speaking and meeting with our social services partners, to benefit from their “frontline” experience in order to understand where the needs arise and learn about other potential sources of support. We ask a lot of questions because we want to know how to best serve our “stories” as well as our donors.
4.) Find a Trend That Really Excites You
The Ten Gav giving model is based on crowd funding. We believe that people want to come together to help other people in need when certain criteria are met. The feedback we have received is that giving on our website is an extremely satisfying experience. Ten Gav provides the platform and the access for everyday people to contribute to real needs that have been verified by professional social workers and thereby allows donors to give knowing that their dollars are making a real difference in someone’s life. All of that excites us.
5.) Don’t be Afraid to Experience Some Failures Along The Way
Mistakes are bound to happen. Sometimes it’s difficult to move beyond them. However, he only way to overcome a setback is to keep moving forward, not to be afraid to make additional mistakes and to force yourself to continue to trust your judgment.
At the end of the day, we are privileged to see people pursuing good at both ends of our work and that is uplifting. On the intake side of our work, we meet social workers driven to help their clients by one force alone – by the wish to help those in need. On the other side of our operations we see donors whose personal drive to give to others is only tempered by their wish for assurance that they are funding a real person with a real need.