Should we apply for the new Unicef Grant ?
Unicef has a new grant opportunity here: http://unicefstories.org/blockchaincall/ "The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make $50-90K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.
If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you." Note Giveth is not a company nor do we have a legal entity in one of their programme countries. However we could partner with an organization that does. That allows Giveth to stay to avoid creating a new legal entity and instead partner with an organization that could benefit from Giveth. One area they are interested in is: "Tokens : Can crypto tokens work to incentivize or support behavior that benefits humanity?" or "How could we utilize digital scarcity, non-fungible tokens, or digital collectibles for social good?" These might fit well into our Token Bonding Curve modelling and Giveth in general. I know this group based in Nepal: Young Innovations - http://younginnovations.com.np/ as I helped to get their company started. I also know other organizations around the world who we could partner with if interested. The question is: Should we apply? This means putting time and effort into writing a grant proposal, creating a partnership with a for-profit in a developing country etc. Thoughts?
Poll Created Sun 24 Feb 2019 3:55AM
Should we apply for a Unicef Grant to pay for developing the DApp? Closed Fri 1 Mar 2019 3:01AM
Unicef is one of the largest charities in the world... Is their money tainted? Is it wrong to use their funds to support our projects? Will we compromise our values if we do?
We can try to apply using this org Michael knows in Nepal and we can try to apply with alibre in Mexico... Should we do it?
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Sun 24 Feb 2019 1:09PM
I think we decided some time ago that there is no bad money (as we use it to build the future of giving), with the exception of funds that have a clearly criminal origin. This decision should be made by people working on grants.
Sun 24 Feb 2019 10:56PM
Hell to the yes. We just need clear gives & gets and there should be no issue that our values are endangered whatsoever. If we can help them in any way by letting them supporting the building of our stack (as we see fit!) then who are we to stop them? It's open source anyways :) yes to grants yes to grants yes to grants. Would love to support by reviewing if useful.
Sun 24 Feb 2019 11:40PM
The overall idea of a grant is well suited with the purpose of Giveth. What is more questionable is whether Giveth will get the grant. GRACEaid could accommodate this also(in addition to other orgs). With clarity and well defined purpose it will work. Maybe they could be allowed on the DApp as the largest org joining (but always after GRACEaid and the other orgs that have so far joined Giveth).
Money is money and yes people dealing with funding should work on this!
Mon 25 Feb 2019 2:06PM
I'm happy for us to re-appropriate funds from Leviathan so long as they don't call the shots on Giveth. If leviathan has requirements and then we'd need to balance things between them and a sub org that would necessarily be more constrained by such if any trade offs. I'd be happy to spin something up but it looks like I'm outside the remit (don't have a business in an emerging economy).
Mon 25 Feb 2019 4:05PM
From the info page: "If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you." I don't know how Giveth's DAPP Dev can fit this requirement of bieng 'registered' .. I would think some of our campaigns may be.