Leonardo DiCaprio helped Faith Baptist Church raise more than $15,000 in a single day with support from his foundation and a few well-timed tweets on #GivingTuesday. The funds will be used to put solar panels on the church, helping it fulfil its mission to feed the hungry at lower cost while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Preliminary Interview with Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv.
The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.
Crowdfunding page: https://re-volv.org/project/faithbaptistchurch/
What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?
Faith Baptist Church plays a critical role in the East Oakland community. One of the ways they serve the community is through their Food Giving Program, where volunteers give out food to those less fortunate. Faith Baptist Church gives out over 100 tons of food every year. Every other week, people from East Oakland and beyond line up at the Church to receive free food to feed their families. Faith Baptist church feeds over 300 families every month with its Food Giving Program.
By supporting this crowdfunding campaign, donors are helping Faith Baptist Church feed even more people. The goal of this campaign was to raise enough money to put solar panels on Faith Baptist Church. This 5.8kW solar array will cover 100% of their electricity usage and save them over 30% on their electric bills. That’s money that can be put into serving more people in the community with their incredible Food Giving Program.
More about RE-volv:
RE-volv empowers people to take direct action on climate change by crowdfunding solar energy projects for nonprofit organizations. Donations made to RE-volv’s crowdfunding campaigns grow a revolving fund that provides solar financing for nonprofits across the nation. RE-volv also raises awareness about solar energy through its flagship Solar Ambassador Program, which trains college students to solarize nonprofits they care about. RE-volv is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and is an inaugural member of the White House National Community Solar Partnership. Learn more at RE-volv.org.
For-profit or Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit
Andreas Karelas’s bio:
Andreas Karelas is the founder and Executive Director of RE-volv. Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. Prior to founding RE-volv Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow and a 2016 OpenIDEO Climate Innovator Fellow.
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