The United Nations has stated that it needs $7.42 Billion this year to help meet the needs of the those caught in the war in Syria – both those who are refugees and those who are suffering inside Syria. As of early this month, they are still $4 Billion short of that goal.
The United States has donated $4.5 Billion since the crises began four years ago, and has now specifically requested that the crowdfunding company Kickstarter creates a unique charity version of it’s winning formula to help raise more money for the Syrians.
Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler told BuzzFeed News:
“We were really compelled by an ask from the White House because of some sense of civic duty and wanting to step up, but also just feeling what a global situation this is and felt like this is an opportunity where our product and our community could have real value.”
SO now Kickstarter has partnered with USA for UNHCR, which is a U.S.-based non-profit which raises funds and awareness for the UN Refugee Agency to create the first Kickstarter charity fund.
Similar to the other more creative projects on Kickstarter, the charity campaign will last for one week, however all the funds they raise, even if it’s short of their goal, will go straight to USA for UNHCR, as well as the 5% cut that the good guys over at Kickstarter usually take.
Instead of rewards, donors see what kinds of things can and will be done for their money – such as $30 providing water for 50 people, or scaling up to $600 which can provide care and education for a vulnerable child.
You also don’t need to have a Kickstarter account in order to donate. The largest amount raised in Kickstarter history was $20,338,986. That was for the Pebble Time, in March this year.
As of writing, the Aid refugees Kickstarter has raised $815,643. There is 6 days and 37 minutes left.
Let’s see if we can beat that $20 million to help feed, clothe, and care for the people who desperately need it. Please, if you can, donate, or share this or other stories you see about the campaign on social media.
Here is the link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/aidrefugees