We talk to Founder and General Manager, Rosie, about what Step Changers does, and why we exist.
Why do you exist?
To fundraise for education, equality, healthcare and conservation based projects in Asia, the Pacific, and New Zealand! And to make corporate social responsibility normal in the process.
What are the biggest challenges facing Step Changers this year?
I'd say they're twofold. Some of the challenge is to do with starting up as a non profit - there's a lot of rules, and also a lot of work involved in vetting projects and creating high quality content with them, but that is really a case of pressing onwards one step at a time. The biggest challenge for us is - how do we convince our businesses that corporate social responsibility should be normal? How do we formalise a business culture that is by in large run off ad hoc emotions? How do we streamline that philanthropic feeling and make it so purposeful for businesses that they want to do more CSR? If we can figure that out, we'll be away laughing.
How did Step Changers get to where it is now?
It started with a belief that doing more than turning a profit in this day and age is fundamentally cool, and so I started writing on different businesses and non profits and the big challenges they were facing. After six months or so, the decision was made to register as a non profit, so we could fundraise for projects and bring them together with businesses. The idea was always to make it as easy as possible for a business to find the community projects it wants to support. The actual setup process involved living in Asia for four months, visiting projects, and then growing upwards from there.
Help us fundraise for 40 community projects in 2018
If you are a part of a business that likes what we're doing, and wants to help us do more of it, we'd love to hear from you. From one-off donations to ongoing partnerships, we would be so grateful for any support you can give. 100% of what your business gives to Step Changers will go towards developing our projects platform, so that more businesses can find community projects to support.
What are you most proud of in the Step Changers journey so far?
Being approached by a big New Zealand based corporate for help on their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. It was a moment of realising how important this is and how possible this can be.
Who are some of the people you have been helping?
Every project you see on this website has been found by us, and the content created by us. Our work is in the marketing and fundraising side - we find projects worthy of better publicity and create content for them. Some of these have included KidsCan, Wish for Fish, OKE Charity, Cambodia Charitable Trust, UNICEF, Prepair, the Red Road Foundation, and the Friends of National Parks organisation. The list grows longer every month.