Thursday, 1 October 2015

Posting to Facebook from within Makerble - Tips for Charities

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You can now post to Facebook from within Makerble

Save time and increase the ROI of your Facebook posts

How You Do It:

Write the post you would normally write on Facebook, on Makerble instead.

1. Press Write Update

2. Select which of your projects you are writing about

3. Write whatever you would have written on Facebook

4. Press Publish!

5. Press the Share button

6. Select to share from your charity's Facebook Page

7. Press post and optionally add in additional info if you want

8. Watch the likes, follows and donations come rolling in!


Several of you told us that you desperately wanted to write updates but were having trouble remembering to do it. You were familiar with Facebook but didn't quite know where to fit Makerble in. So we decided to combine the two and make it possible for you to share your updates with your supporters whilst doing your thing on Facebook!


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What We Do for You, for Charity, for the World

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We're asking you to tell us what you like about Makerble. Here's what you've said so far, starting off with one of our founding Makers, Shivang!

For People

  • you get to feel good about giving. The process of discovering new projects is fun and educational; and you get to actually help out with a donation.
  • your money goes directly to the project.
  • you get updates on the project published by the staff on the ground giving you the inside scoop
  • Gift Aid means that over 100% of your original donation reaches the project
For Charities
  • you have more people who become aware of you
  • you save money. Most charities spend up to 15% of their income on fundraising, with Makerble that cost is cut significantly due to the word of mouth fundraising that Makerble makes possible
  • you get the Gift Aid without the hassle. Each year significant sums of money go unclaimed in Gift Aid. We do the Gift Aid processing for you and have that money transferred directly to your account
For The World
  • Makerble is providing essential funds to inspiring projects changing our world. 70% of charitable income goes to the largest 1% of charities, we are here to help the breadth of organisations get the support they deserve.
  • Makerble is unlocking the world's humanity. The amount that people would give extra to charity each year if they knew where their money went is £665million. We believe that people are inherently good. That is why we are passionate about creating ways that make it easier and more enjoyable to give.
  • Makerble is harnessing the power of technology, marketing, design and entertainment for the greater good. We are excited by the role we can play in not just connecting people to charities, but charities to each other, social enterprises and businesses.
The World Is Ours, Let's Change It!


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Makerble Budget Items, Packaged Costs and Impact

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At Makerble we focus on bringing you far closer to the difference your donations make than any other way of giving. One of the ways in which we do this is by being transparent about project costs.

When you see Budget Items on Makerble, you are seeing the real expenditures that a charity has. They are not packaged costs, instead they are the very things that the charity would be paying for.

An example:

A small medical charity specialising in eye operations has the following costs:

  • drugs
  • doctor's salary
  • syringes
  • hospital beds
  • electricity
  • etc
These are the budget items on Makerble. They are the truest representation we can muster of the things that the charity itself has to spend money on.

The charity is an 'impact factory' of sorts. In goes those Budget Items and out come a variety of impacts. The charity can use various tracking techniques to keep an eye on the number of these impacts, which might be:
  • Number of People given eye operations
  • Number of People who are no longer blind
  • Number of People who can now be employed
  • Amount of Income generated by people who are now employed but were previously unemployed due to blindness
  • Number of families which can now afford to send their children to school
All of these are impacts which result from the charity's use of the Budget Items.

What the charity can do is a calculation to estimate the cost of one operation for one person. To do this they could look at their total costs and then divide it by the number of people given eye operations. This is a packaged cost. And it is packaged costs that you typically see in charities' fundraising campaigns because they are a good way of making the work of the charity tangible. However depending on the charity these costs are very estimate and the notion of the packaged costs can give people the false impression that their donation is going directly towards the packaged cost.

E.g. if on the charity website it says £10 pays for an eye operation. You might expect that your money is going to be spend on an eye operation, when in actual fact, it might be spent on the electricity bill or the drugs or the syringes. 

At Makerble we think a lot about how to be transparent around Budget Items, Packaged Costs and Impact. 

We show you as best we can the Budget Items for a given project. This is so you have a real understanding of the realities of what it takes to run the project; and it might be the case that you work for a company which manufactures syringes. In which case, knowing that syringes are an essential cost means that your company might be motivated to give an in-kind donations of syringes for example. The detail can lead to really helpful collaborations.

We also show you the estimated Packaged Costs. This is to give you a picture of what your money could do. We're here to help you adopt the projects you care about into your lifestyle. That's why we have the Lifestyle Checkout. It's all about helping you think in terms of the amount you ordinarily spend and what that spend is equivalent to on a project. You will soon start to see the Packaged Costs in the Lifestyle Checkout and we hope it makes it easier to figure out how much you can give without breaking the bank.

Finally, we are proud to be the only platform in the world that emphasizes the real-time impact made by the projects you support. We invite the project teams working on the ground to share with you the number of people helped by your project, as it happens. That way you get to share in the successes of the project and celebrate the difference that you are helping make possible. 

So there you have it, Budget Items, Packaged Costs and Impact. I hope we have done a good job of explaining how they work. If you have any comments, please post them below.

Budget Items
Packaged Costs
Impact (Change Badges)
What This Means
The specific items that the project needs to buy and spend money.

These are usually materials, staff time or external services
What This Means
Estimates of how much it costs to make one impact
What This Means
The results and achievements of the project.

These split between
  • types of changes to people’s lives
  • activities done
Materials such as:
  • Medicine
  • Syringes
Staff time such as:
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
External Services such as:
  • Electricity
£10 pays for an eye operation
  • Number of eye operations conducted
  • Number of people who are no longer blind
  • Number of previously blind people who are now employed due to having sight restored

Matt, Annabel, Abhi and the team at Makerble


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Your tour of the wonderful world of Makerble

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An introduction to the wonderful world of Makerble!


‘Makers’ is the name we give to you guys! Those who sign­up and donate to projects on Makerble as you are the people who make change possible.


At Makerble, we feel it ́s not the funds someone gives that’s important ­ but the impact they create. This is referred to as ‘Change’ on Makerble, representing the change that a user makes.

Lifestyle Items

We feel that helping the world should be an integral part of all our lives, therefore the way you donate on Makerble reflects the values of products you may purchase in your life on a regular basis. We call these Lifestyle Items and they appear in your Basket when you’re deciding what you can afford to give to each project you care about.


Charities on Makerble are classified into 9 different causes, depending on their area of relevance. These 9 causes are:
● Children and Young People
● Poverty
● Animals
● Vulnerable Adults
● Rights and Freedom
● Culture, Heritage and the Arts
● Education
● Health
● Environment


Each of the 9 causes has smaller categories within it, these are called sub­causes and are used to organise the charities and projects.


On Makerble, to help you make your change as easily as possible we partner with registered charities who carry out the great work you fund.


To give you more control over the difference you make in the world, we ask the charities on Makerble to create different projects showing the specific work they are doing and need help with ­ these are called Projects.

Project Leaders

Every movement needs a leader. ‘Project Leaders’ on Makerble are the people at each of our partner charities that is running the project. They are our direct line of connection to the work happening on the ground.

Budget Items

To making creating change as simple and transparent as possible for our users, we ask the project leaders to specify all the items that they are going use their funds for. These are called ‘Budget items’ and can be seen on the project page of any project.


We at Makerble want our users to experience the change that they help make, so we ask the project leaders to send regular personal messages to their donors, giving them the latest information about how the project is going.

Expenditure updates

After a project has been successfully funded, the project leader sends the Makers a detailed breakdown of how the funds were used, taking into account any real­world discrepancies­ therefore keeping the Makers as integral elements of the change ecosystem.


Making change together can bring groups of people closer, if you want to give as part of a group you can do so on Makerble with ‘Communities’. You can register any group of any size (e.g. a business or your yoga class) and all the members can make an impact together.


If you have a very large community, you can sub­divide it into different teams under one community in order to track your impact better. For example, a large business with a community on Makerble might want to have a smaller team for Marketing, and another one for Finance.


The selection of projects that a person, community or team funds on Makerble is very personal
and representative, therefore we remember all the projects that you give to and call them your ‘Bundle’ which you can then share with others you care about.

So where does Makerble fit in the world?

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So where does Makerble fit in the world?

When you give to charity, what does your donation actually achieve?

A £10 donation can often result in more than £10 going directly to the charity when you tick the Gift Aid box on Makerble which gets the government to boost your donation by an additional 25% so £2.50 in this instance, at no extra cost to you. 

Most charities spend up to 15% of their income on fundraising and so we're proud to be able to offer them a significant cost saving. At Makerble we spend 4% of all donations on marketing and technology so that charities don't have to. And to ensure our online payments are secure from whichever country they are made and to ensure that charities receive donations instantly, we use an excellent payment tool called Stripe. Stripe charges come from the donation and similar to the part of the donations which Makerble invests in marketing & technology, the Stripe charges in essence come out of the Gift Aid that's added.

Below is a list of some of places online you can give and how Makerble compares to them.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Meet our Makerble Team!

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At Makerble, a lot of our work is carried out by awesome volunteers, who share their time, passion and brain power in exchange for the invaluable experience working in a fast-paced, innovation and tech space. This blog is even being written by (no doubt) one of the best(!) 

Over the years, nearly 50 volunteers have helped shape our brand, design and concept into the Makerble we know today. At the moment, we have seven on the team. Here's a little introduction to each of them, what they're about and why on earth they're involved.

Meet Sara: Product/Project Marketing and Social Media

I’m at university studying International Politics, and my background before I joined Makerble was mostly editorial- and media-related. However, at Makerble, I’ve been able to use my existing knowledge and develop completely new skills while working on the Marketing team. Every day I’m able to be creative, and knowing that my work is making a difference in the world is really satisfying. At Makerble the interns don’t just make the coffee – every single person makes a meaningful contribution, so our team dynamic is really strong and there’s never a day when I don’t feel like coming into the office!

Meet Yeji: Social Media and Project Marketing

I’m from South Korea, and I’m spending my gap year here in the UK working on Makerble’s marketing and social media channels. I was looking for something totally new and exciting to get involved with when I came across Makerble. I thought that Makerble’s concept is so fascinating and has so much potential, and I instantly knew that I wanted to become a part of the team. The whole Makerble team is very passionate about our work: they always support me and help me learn and develop my skills, and it’s a great atmosphere to work in!

Meet Caitlin: Brand Marketing

I'm a freelance copywriter and creative with a love for experiential marketing and captivating copy. I joined Makerble because I want to understand the world of social start ups and tech development, and to use my existing skills for a good cause. South African born and bred, London is a beautiful and challenging place to live - I'm glad I have the Makerble family to call home.

Meet Arisa: Impact Catalyst 

I’m a second year student studying French and Spanish. Working on the charities team, I have been lucky to meet so many incredible charities and learn so much about lesser known causes. Makerble helps make these smaller charities get their work known and is a great way to find projects that you are passionate about and want to support. This is one of the main reasons I decided to join Makerble!

Meet Elinor: Impact Catalyst 

I'm Ellie, a second year Geography student at Nottingham University. I was firstly drawn to Makerble as I knew I wanted to work within a small exciting startup company. During university I have been involved with extensive amounts of charity work and noticed that many people were very skeptical of donating. I love that Makerble is trying to change this negative association and highlights the positives of charities.

Meet Hadrien: Developer

I am a French software engineering student, and I love to be creative. As a DJ and House music producer, I spend a large part of my free time creating my own sounds – but I also enjoy inventing new software applications or things that can make life easier. My dream is to build my own startup in a few years, where a large part of the profits will be allocated to charity projects. I have always thought that we have to make the world better, so being a volunteer at Makerble is a chance for me to realise a part of my dream in helping to change the world whilst experiencing the startup spirit.

Meet Akash: Designer

I’m a 22 year old Graphic Designer from London. I just graduated from Middlesex University in Graphic Design & Communication, and I was looking for a place where I could kick-start my design career when I came across Makerble. Not only will I be doing what I love and learning, but I’ll also be making a positive change to the world through Makerble.

So, that's the Makerble team. Under the guidance of Matt, Annabel and Abhi, we are constantly working to make the Makerble experience better than ever: if you have any ideas or feedback, we'd love to hear from you too!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Makerble Story

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In 2002, as a Chemistry student at the University of Birmingham, Matt Kepple signed up to sponsor a child for £15 a month, just as his parents had when he was younger. However, he soon found that his student loan just couldn’t stretch far enough to cover both his expenses and the charity commitments he wanted to be able to make. 

So, undeterred, Matt convinced his friends to split the sponsorship between them, with each student pitching in £1. This idea became the ‘Sponsor a Kid for a Quid’ scheme, which had recruited around 160 staff and students by 2004, and was awarded a Channel 4 Ideas Factory award in 2005.

Over the years the idea stuck, and he wondered if he might apply the ‘Sponsor a Kid for a Quid’ concept to charity projects tackling social and environmental causes. Like child sponsorship, the projects would feed back on what was happening and everyone could get updates on the change made by their donations, just like the updates  he had received from the children.

In 2011, having built up a portfolio of marketing clients and wealth of experience as a freelance consultant, Matt began to win grants to begin to create the Makerble we know today. Working alongside three close friends, Abhi Patel, Ahmed Al-Aagam and Ola Obaro, Matt initiated the detailed planning process which would finally make Makerable a reality. 

Eventually, in 2013, he went full time at Makerble, joined by Annabel Dickson, who oversees Makerble’s charity relationships, Kate Gault, whose focus is on brand partnerships, and Makerble’s first web developer. Since then, Abhi Patel has also joined the team full-time from his role at Goldman Sachs and now runs the tech and finances at Makerble.

Today, Makerble is located in beautiful office space donated by ?WhatIf! Innovation. With a dedicated team of full-time staff and inventive interns, Makerble continues to break the status quo of charitable donation, encouraging its users to focus not on how much they give, but the change that they make.