A quick navigation at the website is enough to instill pity at the most callous of persons. First was the story and heartbreaking picture of Kehinde Adebiyi a 2-year old currently going through radio-therapy for the cancerous lump growing by the right side of her head and resulted in partial disability of the ear. It was reported that Kehinde was seen with her mother begging for money at Obalande some weeks ago in other to raise N1.2 million for her treatment which would require surgery.
As if that was not enough, a further navigation of the website reveal calls for donations for braille embosser machines and accessories in order to aid study for blind Muslims, a call for renovation of a dilapidated College workshop and many others.
These and several other tear-provoking articles were posted on www.donate-ng.com, an online portal designated to assisting Nigerians in the area of fund raising. Founded in 2015, the website is a new innovation in the world of charity in that it offers the easiest way to donate. It creates a meeting point for registered charity organisations, communities, NGOs and individuals who wants to raise funds for personal benefit such as healthcare. With a Vision to Changing Lives through Collective Giving, the website has as its mission a plight to help the needy gather resources with the use of the fastest possible method; internet. The mission statement read in part;
“Our mission is to be the ‘go-to’ online crowd funding portal in Nigeria where Nigerians in Nigeria and in the Diaspora or people with Nigerian descent and affiliation can collectively help change lives through social fundraising for projects and charitable causes.”
Not many websites does such but donate-ng does it in a spectacular way. The website has a monitor at the bottom end of each of its fund appeal page. The bars monitors and give accurate status of the amount needed for a project, the amount donated already and the number of days left for such donation. For Kehinde Adebiyi, the amount donated is currently at ₦ 253, 930 , a 21%, donation of N1.2 million which will lapse in 26 days’ time.
How does this work? Do I just walk up to them, complain that I have an ailment or project to execute and they put me on their website? Do I need to pay to deal with them? These of course are part of the question going through your mind right now. Be glad however, for Donate-ng has answers to all.
The process is easy. The first step is to register on the website www.donate-ng.com and the registration is open to individuals, Alumnus, Charities, Religious Organisation, Corporate Organisation, Political Organisations, and others who desire to raise fund in any capacity. Registration information provided is kept discretely and not shared with any third party.
When Registration is complete, you can now create a fund raising portal for the cause or project in which you want to embark upon. Your portal can include short stories, pictures, videos and any relevant information you need to publish your cause. When portal is created you broadcast your portal link for donations to start. After donation is complete or set-date lapse, the amount gathered would be handed over to you as beneficiary with only a deduction of the bank commission and 5% transaction fee.
The website which prides itself as ‘a home for funding your small or big Charity dreams’ in its capacity over the months of existence has tried to curtail all avenues of fraud and mismanagement of funds raised, making sure all funds are used for the designated causes.
Donate-ng is established on some basic principles that stand it out; that no huge cause or life changing project should go unfunded, that it is more blessed to give than to receive, that we should give as we have been given. Yes! Wouldn’t you rather add more to these principles? That visiting the website after reading this is the most profitable thing to do.