Crowdfunding is a technique that harnesses the power of social sharing and personal networks. Individuals ask for donations from their friends, family members, and peers and can create an online crowdfunding page to tell their story, upload photos, and accept donations.
“Fundraising is no simple task to begin with and it’s been my dream to bridge the gap between fundraisers and donors who are in a position to help, says Avi Kehat, Founder of TheChesedFund.com
“I will sometime just pick up the phone and call fundraisers using our platform and ask them if they have any questions or if I can help them out with anything” he continues
“I will sometime just pick up the phone and call fundraisers using our platform and ask them if they have any questions or if I can help them out with anything”
From its inception, TheChesedFund.com has been focused on constructing a user-friendly platform to assist organizations everywhere. “that is easier said than done” laughs Kehat.
The Chesed Fund platform has raised millions of dollars, completely commission free, and that has a lot to do with our amazing 24 hour customer support team” says Kehat
“The Chesed Fund platform has raised millions of dollars, completely commission free, and that has a lot to do with our amazing 24 hour customer support team”
The Chesed Fund currently employs support representatives in Israel and in the USA in order to provide immediate 24 hour assistance to any fundraiser.
Support tickets are handled either via direct calling, email, or the live chat widget on the site. The Chesed Fund support team is led by Baltimore native Donni Lurman who currently resides in Jerusalem.
“A significant amount of fundraising campaign are for emergency cases and time is of the essence for them, in some cases even lives are at stakes” says Lurman.
Prior to the Chesed Fund website launch, people in need of fundraising would start campaigns on typical non Jewish crowdfunding websites. Although these fund raisers were successful in getting people to donate, the fundraisers needed to share the earnings with the platform website. The crowdfunding website would take large commissions, some taking a whopping 10% commission.
Kehat felt that if he could write the code, he could do his share of chesed using his excellent web coding skills.He launched The Chesed Fund which mimics popular crowdfunding websites except the commissions were slashed to 0%. This was completely unprecedented as other websites were cashing in on other people’s misfortune and generating record revenues.
Kehat says excitedly “One of the best things about crowdfunding is that you can use it to raise money for virtually anything
If dinner honorees need to raise money for an organization The Chesed Fund can help. See example
If a college kiruv organization is facing financial issues The Chesed Fund can help. See example
If one is hosting a parlor meeting and wants to be able to collect funds using credit card The Chesed Fund can help. See example
I could never imagine how much good a few lines of code could make in so many people’s lives, and now my support team that just takes takes chesed one step further” concludes Kehat.