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At Jolkona, we pride ourselves on being adventurous: always innovating to provide you with compelling philanthropic experiences. Although a few of these bold bets may fail, we believe such life-changing ideas are always worth trying – and these ideas are what makes me proud to be a part of this organization.

Seven months ago, we launched one of the first subscription-based monthly philanthropy platforms: Give Together, a bold bet that we weren’t sure would resonate with our donors or the market. Since then, this giving community has funded 16 different projects in four continents, ranging from life-changing surgeries for children in Bolivia to snow leopard conservation in Nepal.

In the meantime, monthly subscription services continue to grow in popularity for commercial enterprises like Netflix, Birchbox and Dollar Shave Club.  By bringing this model to the nonprofit sector, Give Together appeals to donors who want to give smaller amounts on a monthly basis (instead of coming up with a lump sum every year), while also learning about different kinds of projects and organizations that would not otherwise be on their radar. Our members have enjoyed the donation and educational components of our pilot program, but requested an easier way to participate in the selection process and engage as a community.

What’s new for 2014?

Keeping with Jolkona’s inventive spirit and taking our member feedback into account, we focused on how we could improve the Give Together program for 2014. We wanted to create bigger impacts, provide more community engagement, and further increase transparency around how we sourced our projects. So, starting this January, we have launched the new iteration of Give Together. Rather than fund three small projects each month, our community will give one larger grant to a single project, chosen from among our vetted partners. We believe that by pooling our resources together, the community can create bigger impacts on our world. We’ve also introduced Facebook connectivity with a private group for our members to view and discuss the project proposals applying for our monthly $1,000 grant. And as our community grows, so does the amount that we can give every month.

We’re excited to build off of our success in 2014 and continue to refine the monthly giving model. Whether you’re looking for new causes to support or want to take a more active role in grant-making, Give Together is an adventurous way to start the new year.

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