US Radio Dabangathon Donations

$370 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 11 months
Several Months ago I was asked to help with some experimental funding for an NGO that supports free press and human rights in one of the most conflicted places on our planet.

In combination with a run-a-thon, we have also created this crowdfunding page in case there are people from the US who would like to donate but are not able to attend the Radio Dabangathon.

For those hearing of the Radio Dabangathon for the first time:

Radio Dabanga has 3 million daily listeners in Sudan and Darfur and delivers them important, often life-saving information, where the government controls everything else.

Produced in Amsterdam, but broadcast in Sudan & Darfur, the content is concerned mostly with managing existential threats and community news. 

The University of Maastricht and Radio Dabanga are having a run-a-thon on Dec. 9th from 12h - 18h. A run-a-thon is a charity run where participants gather sponsors per lap (most often friends or family).

All proceeds will be sent to Stichting Free Press Unlimited. 7.5% of the funds raised will be allocated towards two prizes for the teams which complete the most laps per team member or raise the most funds per team member.

Other than a flat donation through GoFundMe, you can also sponsor a runner per lap - for further information regarding this, please contact Christopher Sparks.

All donations will be withdrawn in cash [this is the cheapest method in NL aside from Bitcoin] and handed over to the finance department of the NGO ['Stichting'] called 'Free Press Unlimited' and will be directly deposited into their bank account.

Thank you very much and feel free to ask any questions!

My Profile:
My name is Christopher Sparks and for those of you who dont know me I am an American living in the Netherlands. Alongside doing blockchain consulting and workshopping, I am also a lecturer at the University of Maastricht. Part of my job is to advise this project and help the team with strategy and fundraising. Thank you for being part of something that drew all of us in and gave us significant motivation to make this happen. 

The funds from this project will go toward further crowdfunding and awareness campaigns - specifically toward a well-produced video that will serve two purposes; 1) a cornerstone content piece for the larger crowdfunding campaign, 2) an easily shareable video that will spread the message of Radio Dabanga throughout the Netherlands. Please stay in touch, whether via email or on Facebook to see the result of your contribution!

Further Necessary Details for the Story: 
1) Because of the way things work with gofundme I will be withdrawing the funds from gofundme into my personal US bank account, then withdrawing the equivalent in EU in Amsterdam from the same bank acct - the fee for a foreign withdrawal being $5.00 with TD bank. I will then deposit that cash onto my ING account and transfer it directly to the ING account associated with 'Stichting Free Press Unlimited', which is IBAN NL92 INGB 000 000 7676.

This is public knowledge. 

2) The process for distributing the funds is listed above.

3) The official name of the organization is 'Stichting Free Press Unlimited' and Radio Dabanga is a subsidiary of the Stichting, which is a Dutch word for 'Foundation'. 

4) The BTWNummer for 'Stichting Free Press Unlimited is - NL8506.83.476.B01. This is their tax number. Their business [KvK] number is 52.957.535.

5) The address is: 
Free Press Unlimited
Weesperstraat 3
1018 DN Amsterdam

6) My relationship with the organization as an academic supervisor for an internship program we are running for them. Our operations/ assignment is concerned with exploring alternative funding strategies for Radio Dabanga as they are amicably moving out of the Free Press Unlimited business model.
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