FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2012
Garners $4,485 from 63 donations and earns a permanent spot on the website
WATERLOO, ON - MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) has successfully completed GlobalGiving’s Open Challenge, earning them a permanent spot on the crowd-funding website. In a matter of 30 days, MEDA received 63 donations for a grand total of $4,485 raised by donors. All of the newfound support will provide funding for the EDGET project (Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade), which is helping 10,000 farmers and weavers to create more sustainable livelihoods.
From September 1-30, MEDA was one of over 300 organizations from around the world challenged with the goal of raising $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors in order to receive a permanent place on the site. MEDA offered a variety of donation options to suit all giving levels, along with the opportunity to make the donation a gift or in memory of someone else. This victory has opened the gateway to an international marketplace for philanthropy, connecting MEDA to individual donors who wish to support their favorite causes.
Sid Burkey, Chief MEDA Engagement Officer, shared his enthusiasm in receiving a permanent spot on the website, “MEDA is delighted to attain both its donor and fundraising goals for the Open Challenge and looks forward to connecting with this new and diverse audience. The powerful impact of MEDA’s programs was again endorsed by donors’ generous support, and the EDGET project is the beneficiary, creating sustainable business solutions to poverty - a mission that we strive to embody in all that we do.”
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MEDA is an international NGO founded in 1953 that provides technical expertise in subsector and value chain analysis, market linkages, financial services (rural finance, deposit mobilization and youth & financial services), health systems, and financial institution capacity development. MEDA’s expertise cuts across sectors, working with vulnerable and underserved populations like youth, low-income women, and rural populations.