TOTAL RAISED: $21017 of 15000
Here's what we've raised towards our total so far. If you want to help move that blue bar even further in the right direction, click on the big blue 'donate' button at the bottom of this page and give what you can.
You've heard of crowd-funding sites right? Well, this is like that, but with physical events. We are bringing together 30 trailblazing Misfits from all over the place to run their own individual fundraising event. These 30 people will each raise a minimum of $500 each from their own communities to raise a total of $15,000. Imagine 30 ripples, each caused by one brave person sticking their toe into unknown waters. Then imagine those ripples spreading and running into each other to create one huge ripple. That is what Good Misfit is.
Gambella village in Kenya needs a windmill to complete its five-year journey towards sustainability. The windmill will help irrigate the crops of 500 families all year round, thereby providing them with the ability to eat fresh produce every day and sell the excess in the local markets, eliminating any need for aid. This will serve as an empowering graduation present for a village that is in the final stages of GHNI's rigorous Transformational Community Development program. Click here to watch a video of Jeff Power of GHNI explaining the story behind the windmill in more depth.
How we're going to do this
The Good Misfit project will unite thirty misfits from around the world in making a true and tangible difference to the lives of the people of Gambella in Kenya. Each of these thirty people will raise $500 each using whatever fundraising methods they can, in the hopes of raising a grand total of $15,000 - which will go towards covering the costs of building a windmill.
Any Good Misfits that smash their targets of $500 will get an extra special present from the Misfits for their awesome work.
The Good Misfits
Kristen is a young wandering world-changer living in Chicago. She is organising a Kickstarter-esque fundraising campaign during which she will handmake art in return for donations. These will start with a postcard designed by her and go all the way up to a handpainted canvas.
Berni is a shin kicking entrepreneur from Wisconsin who is partnering with her friends (all the way from the Midwest in Milwaukee to all over the Interwebs), calling on her misfit community to help raise the funds!
For the last two summers Srdjan has been biking across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax. He is a digital nomad/entrepreneur from Kitchener, Ontario. This summer, Srdjan is biking across Canada under the Misfit flag, talking to the people he meets along the way about the Gambella windmill, to bring in $500.
Louella will host a graduation party for local graduates in Chicago in honour of Gambella's graduation, hold exclusive dinner parties for friends because she is a ridiculously good cook, and leverage her network of recent graduates and Googlers to raise money for Gambella.
Ed will be calling on his community of awesome friends in Dublin, Ireland to raise his $500 in aid of this project.
Mary is a strong part of the dog-loving community in Key West, Florida. She and her beautiful dog Prairie are arranging a 'Yappy Hour' in honour of Gambella.
Mattie is a social CRM manager in London, UK. He has teamed up with a successful recording artist to raise money for Gambella. This singer will be offering 'follows' to the first 100 fans that donate to this project.
Christopher is going to prevail to the clients of his awesome Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Parsippany, NJ to each donate a small amount to his Karma Bucket throughout the month of June. By the end he reckons he'll have $500 easy peasy.
Monika is teaming up with the local community dishing out chatpata snackie food to raise funds. She will also be calling on her awesome friends to aid in this project.
Joel has gathered together his generous community of artists, entrepreneurs and general misfits in Pella, Iowa and has already smashed the $500 target.
Connor and a couple of friends will be running a number of small events in his hometown of Anthem, Arizona to raise his portion of the funds.
Aly will be holding a fundraising event in Toronto, Ontario with his fellow change makers, garnering support from his friends and family to contribute to the Gambella Project.
Tracy and her friend and awesome photographer Rico D. Cancio are teaming up for an event in Vancouver where guests will be able to bid to win prints of Rico's beautiful work.
This awesome independent coffee shop in New York's Lower East Side is generously donating 10 cents per cup of coffee to the Good Misfit project.
Elsie is a supremely talented artist who is currently putting on various art shows around her hometown of Pine Lake, Atlanta, the proceeds of which she is donating to this project.
Lisa will be rounding up a crew of fortunate, loving Santa Barbarians who would like nothing better than to help out. She plans to host an evening soiree in June, where each attendee need only donate $10 to fund the project.
Raul will be teaming up with fellow Misfit Bianca Estrada and various local businesses in Puerto Rico to fundraise for Gambella.
Bianca (who is an actual, real fabulous clown) will be teaming up with Raul Colon to help raise their $500 for Gambella.
Mirko and Geni Spinella
Geni and Mirko's two amazing children wanted to help the children of Gambella by running a fundraiser at their school in Duarte, California.
Clay is a genius digital entrepreneur who is generously donating revenue from the profits of a couple of his fabulous projects
Bryan Miller is a fundraising consultant in London, UK and will be generously donating $500 to the Good Misfit project.
Pete recently relocated to Guernsey, UK and will be placing himself at the whim of his new community and pimping himself out for sponsorship.
Jules is an entrepreneur from San Diego and will be teaming up with Garrett Dimon and Heather Ratcliff to raise $200 each.
Garrett is an entrepreneur from Dallas, Texas and will be teaming up with Jules Taggart and Heather Ratcliff to raise $200 each. He will be reaching out to the Dallas web community to help him do so.
Heather will be forming part of a triumvirate of awesome along with Jules and Garrett to raise their funds. Teamwork!
Feed your tummy or feed your soul and help the people of Gambella in the process. Gigi is using two of her talents, baking and storytelling, to smash her $500 target and help the village of Gambella complete their journey toward full sustainability. Choose either homemade, delivered treats (yay, cookies) and feed your tummy, or a 30-minute Skype consultation to help you find your voice, tell your story and change the world. Give something, get something and start a movement.
Susan owns a clinic, Catalyst Medical Center, and an international blog, Positively Beautiful, and will be running a campaign called Wings for Windmills.... She will take artistic professional photos of kids (big and little) with butterfly or angel wings and take donations for the photos.
Indrani is the world's coolest 7 years old.
Indrani and her dad are going to raise $500 for Gambella. Indrani will also be blogging about her fundraising so everyone can follow along with her progress.
Sue-Anne is going to make beautiful crochet blankets, scarves and shawls and sell them on her site to raise her $500 for the Gambella Windmill.
Patrick and Francis are a husband and wife team from County Mayo in the west of Ireland. Patrick is a boisterous master blacksmith artist and his lovely wife Francis runs the show quietly behind the scenes, this dynamic duo sold the beautiful 9 Irons that Patrick is famous for at Misfit Conf and hit their target of $500 in under an hour.
David is throwing a grilled cheese and wine party, with a bad ass DJ to raise some funds for Gambella.
Antenna is a unique collection of marketing consultants based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We believe the best way to move forward is by helping others do so as well - so this project fits us perfectly. For the month of June, we are asking everyone on our team to give up a few lattes and instead put those dollars towards this great project. And, we are planning to spread the word to engage friends and clients as well. Together, we can make a big impact.
Kayla will be baking and selling delicious cupcakes in the Fargo Moorhead area to raise money for Gambella.
Jon and his wonderful class of children will be doing a car detailing fundraiser to raise their $500 for Gambella.
Beverly has been holding fabulous dinner parties for her friends to raise money for Gambella.
About the Windmill
What will the windmill do?
This windmill will give a village of 500 people the ability to properly irrigate their crops all year round. This will hugely increase the yield of crops they can grow which will give the village enough excess income to be completely independent from foreign aid.
How much does it cost?
We are raising $15,000 towards the cost of the windmill but there are always extra costs involved. That is why we are going to try and smash our target to smitherines.
How will it change things for Gambella?
This windmill will mark Gambella's graduation from GHNI's Transformation Community Development program. Gambella has collectively worked its backside off for the last five years to try and create a better future for their children. In just five short years, with GHNI's help, they have gone from having no water supply, very few crops, very high child mortality, widespread disease and completely dependent on aid from NGOs, to being this close to complete self-sustainability. That is a pretty amazing feat in anyone's book.
If you want to donate to this project, please do so by clicking on the link below. You have our undying gratitude and the promise of a bear hug from whichever one of the Misfits crosses your path first.
*Please make sure to write 'Good Misfit' in the 'Notes' section if you donate through this link so we know the donation has come from one of our tribe. Thank you!*
Tell us your idea
The only rule for this project is that you must be sure that you can raise $500 by the end of June. if you cannot commit to the full $500 but still want to be involved, please contact Jessie for more information on how you can still play a part.