GIVE begin its journey on 28th January 2010. Zwee, Aseem, Zhiheng, Khairul, Yu Ming & Gary had a dream − Wouldn’t it be cool if we could all be part of a social movement for good? After all, everyone has something of excess that they can give. If you can have time, volunteer. If you can spare the money, make a donation. And if you just have a set of much-too-small T-shirts collecting dust in the closet, why not give it to the people who need it like the poor homeless guy who would love you for it.
The first hurdle
Just like the geeks we are, starting the GIVE website to share our dream was the natural move to take. It wasn’t so easy to start. We were students right out of school and without a penny in our pockets. How will we fund this social experiment?
Eureka! If we formed a start-up, we could compete in business plan competitions. If we win the competitions, the prize money will kick start our prototype. And if the prototype works like we imagine it would, then maybe we could get some grants and investment to help us improve and help more people. That sounds plausible, right?
The Road Less Travelled
So off we go down the road less travelled just like Robert Frost forewarned. Day turned into night and then night into day. Sleepless nights became our life pouring through mountains of research, crafting a business plan, and developing the coolest web application to make it happen.
Many moons later, we finally found the light at the end of the tunnel. I guess we had to thank the foolish passion and beginner’s luck. We got good and did well competing in Singapore, Hong Kong, and California. And then the neighborhood godfather decided to adopt us, granting the YES! scheme by Spring Singapore to take us to the next level.
The Social Movement for Good
GIVE is about having fun doing good. But it is nothing more than a sweet idea without the continued participation of you and the tens of thousands of amazing people in our community.
That is why we are so proud to share that GIVE is now 100% free for all donors and charities. Day to day running of the website is completely managed by cool folks like you who have joined our GIVEfellows Program. Continuous development and servicing of the servers are privately funded by Givola event-based fundraising solutions.So that means you get the best service for the lowest cost in Singapore!
Thanks everyone for everything. The world need more lovely chaps like you =)