New Crowdfunding Site Focuses On Disaster Recovery
Tamara Habib, with her partner Paul Lewis, has launched a new crowdfunding site, Firelily, that allows people to raise money after experiencing a disaster, most often a house fire.
Tamara explains, “The majority of families fundraising on Firelily were impacted by house fires, an event in which there is little help to recover. Firelily’s recovery guide, Rebuilding After Disaster, was downloaded over 3,000 times in it’s first four days on their website.”
The site offers some innovative features, Tamara says. “Firelily provides a donor matching function; it’s kind of like online dating, but we connect fundraiser to potential donors based on common interests. Firelily is the only crowdfunding website that verifies the information of its fundraisers to ensure the utmost accuracy.”
On Thurdsay, April 16, 2015 at noon Eastern, Tamara will join me here for a live discussion about her new platform. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about FireLily:
Whether it’s a forest fire or a flood, on nearly every continent of the globe, firelilies sprout up in the immediate aftermath of these disasters and are the first plants to revive the ecosystem. The mission of Firelily is to reengineer disaster by providing the resources needed for individuals and organizations to be successful after disaster. The fundraising platform on Firelily allows for individuals to tell their story, identify their needs and receive the funds critical to a quick recovery. Organizations and communities utilize Firelily to fundraise for their missions, supporting deployments for disaster response and recovery. Firelily provides a series of tools and templates, including the free recovery guide Rebuilding After Disaster, to ensure that those recovering from disaster, and the organizations helping them, have the knowledge needed to best plan for recovery. Every person who fundraises or contributes through Firelily has control, eliminating the feeling of helplessness that persists after a disaster.
Tamara Habib is an impact entrepreneur focused on reengineering disaster recovery. Her career in emergency management has spanned roles that include working as an Emergency Management Technician, responding to local and national disasters with the American Red Cross and consulting major cities on disaster planning and recovery. Through this work, she learned that people and communities impacted by disaster needed better resources to recover and, as a result, founded and is CEO at Firelily, a crowdfunding startup dedicated to empowering those impacted by disaster to take control of their recovery. Tamara enjoys spending time with her fiance and dog, strolling the streets of Chicago and learning about other cultures.
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