Has concern about how much money a charity or project is actually getting from your contribution ever prevented you from making a donation? Maz Kessler and Jill Sheffield hoped to alleviate that concern when they created crowdfunding platform Catapult. The idea was developed by the non-profit organization Women Deliver to help fund projects focused on women and girls. The platform had a dual purpose, to streamline donations and to bridge the gap in gender equality.
Catapult requires no fees for their services but gladly accepts donations to help offset the costs of keeping the organization running. You can search projects by focus and by location. Projects range from advocacy, prevention of child brides, food and water availability, maternal health, technology, issues of war and crisis, and other issues related to women and children. It doesn’t matter if you want to fund a project in sub-Saharan Africa or the United States, there are projects available around the world.
You can help fund birthing homes in places like Bolivia or Sierra Leone. There are funding options for girl leadership summits in the United States. You can fund a girl to have extracurricular educational opportunities in Gaza which include sports and the arts. There are children in Afghanistan and Pakistani refugee camps who are in needed of printed educational materials.
The projects are focused on a multitude of interests which makes it easier for you to donate to something which you feel a connection to. Melinda Gates, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Frida Giannini the creator director of Gucci, and Selma Hayek Pinault are just a few of the famous Catapult “curators” who have donated both time and funds to projects on Catapult.
An educated and empowered girl will eventually become a woman. She will be better prepared to care for herself, her children and family. Women don’t just influence their family, they can influence a community. An extra year of education will produce a significant increase in annual income in many parts of the world.
Educated girls are less likely to be involved in child marriages and have healthier pregnancies with access to proper medical care. It is very disheartening to know that the leading cause of death among teenage girls and young women world wide is complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth.
Investing in a girl can change her world, but it will also change the world around her. You can help launch a change for women and girls by investing in projects focused on empowerment and education. There are so many worthwhile projects available on Catapult. Why not skip the takeout and donate to a project today?