Small Reforestation Charity Needs a Proper Office!
I'm Tracey West, a passionate environmentalist and co-founder of a Dorset based environmental charity called The Word Forest Organisation: we plant trees, build classrooms and facilitate education in rural Kenya. We also founded a women's empowerment group there called Mothers of the Forest (they are amazing).I'm the only full time member of staff and we have a phenomenal team of Trustees and Volunteers who come and help occasionally too. We work out of a spare room in our flat and I'll be honest, if there's more than 3 of us, it's a squash!To Expand, We Need to ExpandWe've got a great charity model that's not only helping mitigate climate change, but the commodities from the forests are also alleviating hunger and poverty too. But we're bursting out of our seams and we're desperate to move our operation into a proper office. More space, will mean more assistance, more funding and more trees in the ground to help our planet.We Need the Key to that Door!I've found an office around the corner! It's 49 sq mt, it's warm, dry, in good condition and available from the beginning of January. We'd have access to a fabulous board room too, all kitted out with incredible tech, so we could have video meetings with our beneficiaries in Kenya and our growing band of ethical corporate partners in the UK.There's room for expansion, so as soon as we've got the funds to employ staff, we can - then we'll REALLY be able to make a difference to our little coastal community, to Kenya and across the globe.Help Us Unlock Our PotentialWhen we started the charity, we made a ruling saying we'd only use a maximum of 20% of what we raise, to run the charity. One year's rent/broadband/bills and moving in costs is about £10,000 and we need ringfenced funds to do it. We're still getting ourselves established as a charity and we don't have those kind of reserves. 80% of what we pull in, we send straight back out.So, I'm sending our Crowdfunder out into the Universe with an optimistic well wish that we can raise £10,000 to move in and scale up our operation, without the worry of whether we can make the rent next month.If, by any remote chance, we exceed our target (a) I'll be blown away (b) we'll put away the rent for year 2 (c) we'll hire a desperately needed member of staff and (d) we'll turn the rest right into trees and schools in the tropics!Thank you, or "Asante Sana" as our friends say in Kenya!