Is this what grassroots looks like?

Thanks to volunteers coming together to raise money, TNKR can pay its rent and cover basic necessities! One day we may even be a sustainable organization, we have been building a community of support around NK refugees. Recognizing our unconventional approach of focusing on 1:1 tutoring rather than workshops or glamorous fact-finding trips abroad, we realized that we must rely on our volunteers and others who support our work, not big companies or goverment.

So far this year, 95 tutors and 60 refugees have joined TNKR. We strongly recommend that all tutors set up a fundraiser on our new crowd-funding website. We now have 4 months of results.

Based on entry into TNKR, here’s how our volunteers and fans have done at fundraising this year:

Category Number Amount raised (won) Average (won)
Amount raised (US $) Average (US $)
Volunteer Staff 5 ₩10,927,637 ₩2,185,527
$9,669 $1,933
Refugees 5 ₩1,694,832 ₩338,966
$1,492 $298
Tutors 23 ₩4,860,601 ₩211,330
$4299 $187
Fans 3 ₩118,282 ₩39,427 $111 $37
Total 36 ₩17,601,352 488,926 $1,557 $432

 

Lessons and results:

  • Our office staffers are our best fundraisers, raising more than 2 million won (almost $2K) on average.
  • Refugees who have joined the initiative have been amazed that anyone has donated to their fundraisers. On average, they have raised 338,000 won (almost $300). The leader is Cherie, who has raised slightly more than 800,000 won ($738).
  • Some volunteers have embraced this but many more don’t want to do it, some only do so to shut me up.
  • Many people are afraid or hesitant for various reasons, but based on this, fundraisers on average raise almost 500,000 won (about $432)! It is the easiest way to support TNKR.
  • Tutors on average raise slightly more than 200,000 won.

Top fundraisers as of June 17

Name Entry into TNKR Raised (won) Raised (US $) Posted Pitch or strategy
More than 5 million won
Casey Lartigue Co-director ₩6,049,235 $5,370.33 5/2 Matching donations
More than 1 million won
Dave Fry Assistant Director  ₩1,879,834   $1,644.78  2/6 Donated most of it himself.
Youngmin Kwon Assistant Academic Adviser ₩1,530,000 $1,346.16 3/14  
Spencer Kim Intern Manager  ₩1,108,970  $990.23  5/17  
 500,000 to 1 million won
Cherie Refugee  ₩835,001  $738.67  1/26  
Kevin R  Tutor/Coach  ₩775,812  $694.43  5/21  
Peter D  Tutor  ₩586,917  $523.89  5/5 Prince Music Party
200,000 to 500,000 won
Lauren B  Tutor  ₩483,990  $430.18  3/22 Hummus sale
Eunhee P Refugee  ₩419,831  $369.57  2/7  
Ryan A Tutor  ₩401,559  $350.00  3/11  
Annie F  Tutor  ₩390,491  $339.84  1/29  
Tony M  Fellow  ₩359,598  $317.72  2/27 Korean stickers
Daniel C  Tutor  ₩346,731  $306.23  1/28  
Zac P  Tutor  ₩336,867  $300.52 5/9  
Joolee  Tutor  ₩260,000  $226.62  3/9  
Hannah N  Tutor  ₩250,324  $217.35  2/25 Knitting sweaters
Sean A  Tutor  ₩210,00  $186.97  2/2  
Laura N  Tutor/Coach  ₩200,031  $175.07 2/12  
100,000 to 200,000 won
Ken Refugee ₩195,000 $168.08  1/29  
Amy Refugee ₩145,000  $126.85  2/4  
Richard S Tutor ₩144,313  $129.09 5/24  
Taylor Tutor/Coach ₩110,004  $97.23  1/30  
Jun Refugee ₩100,000  $89.42 6/16  
10,000 to 100,000 won
Leonie Fan ₩98,282  $86.88 4/27 Art donation
Celena Tutor ₩86,416  $76.17 4/14  
Jennifer B Tutor/Coach ₩77,370  $67.71  2/27  
William J Tutor/Coach ₩69.773  $61.40 4/30  
Hyeojin Tutor ₩30,002  $26.73 5/19  
Dylan C Tutor/Coach ₩29,998  $26.29 4/19  
Jejoon Tutor ₩20,000  $17.91 6/2  
Phillip C Tutor ₩20,004 $17.91 5/16  
Kevin B Fan ₩20,000  $17.82  5/17  
Josef B Tutor ₩11,999  $10.73  6/4  
Carmel G Tutor ₩10,000  $8.49 1/27  
Jane D Tutor ₩9,996  $8.91 5/14 Mother’s day appeal
Hyunji Fan ₩8,000  $7.14  5/30 BtoB bags

 

What’s missing?

  • More than 40 tutors haven’t set up a fundraiser or we deleted 31 others for lack of activity. Based on other tutors raising an average of 211,000 won, they could have raised another 14 million for TNKR.
  • Some tutors haven’t raised money but have donated to TNKR, and some fundraisers here have contributed to fundraisers set up by others.

Is your name on the list of TNKR volunteer volunteers and fans helping us build the organization’s financial future? If not, you can set up a fundraiser here!

TNKR budget information, 2015-16

2 replies
  1. Eben Appleton says:

    Congratulations TNKR! These are wonderful fundraising results. I am so happy so many volunteers, tutors and fans have worked so hard to help keep TNKR sustainable.

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