Request for Proposals and Grant Review Committee announced
Donations were still coming in three weeks after the Seattle JavaJog, bringing the total amount of contributions to $35,235 after expenses. Top fundraisers Elizabeth Goldblatt of Six Degrees Coffee, and Willem Boot of Boot Coffee were neck and neck in their fundraising up to the day of the race and continuing into the ensuing weeks. In the end, each raised more than $3000 for the cause.
Other top fundraisers included Susan Heller of Atlas Coffee, Twin, Wendy De Jong, and Team SCAE. In all, more than 500 individuals and companies from around the world made donations in amounts ranging from $10 to $1000. All sponsorship funds and registration fees, over and above expenses, will be used to fund initiatives on the ground.
JavaJog’s focus now turns to funneling the money to the coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A Request for Proposals has been sent to several organizations working in the region, and is also open for other organizations interested in applying. Applications may be submitted through June 25th, and selected recipients will announced before the end of July.
Members have been selected for the 2014 Grant Review Committee:
- Charlene Farmer, Board member Food4Farmers, former GMCR, Burington, VT
- Craig Holt, Atlas Coffee, Seattle, WA
- Marjoleine Motz, Fair & Sustainable Consulting, Utrect, Netherlands
- Nate Schaffran, Root Capital, Boston, MA
- George Watane, 4C Association, Nairobi, Kenya
JavaJog expects fund to be disbursed for use in early August, with brief impact reports to be submitted every two months. Protocols which govern the granting procedures are available here. Details of the grants and their progress will be available online so that they can be shared with the many participants in the race and supporters of the cause.