Business-in-residence Spotlight: LaunchGood

Crowdfunding Incredible Muslims Worldwide 

What?

project%2f4586%2fbody%2fgirls_studyingLaunchGood is a global crowdfunding platform that supports and aids Muslims in raising funds for ideas, projects, and creative efforts.

Projects they promote include:

  • The first women’s Muslim workout DVD
  • Fundraising for traumatic events such as the San Bernardino and Orlando shootings
  • Home for Orphan Girls– Provides Quality Education, Healthcare, Wholesome Nutrition, Shelter, Clothing, Loving Home Environment, Guidance, and Hope to orphan girls in Lahore, Punjab.
  • Safe hands for Girls– Works towards ending female genital mutilation. (Gambia)
  • Winter relief for Syrian Refugees in Greece-provide an extremely vulnerable population with bare essentials for winter, such as warm food, hats, gloves, socks, blankets, etc.”

Who?

LaunchGood has over 12 employees around the country, two of whom operate out of their office at the Green Garage. Its three co-founders are Amany Killawi (COO & interviewee), Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt (CEO), and Omar Hamid (CDO).

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Why?

Before LaunchGood, there were over 400 crowdfunding niche sites, yet, not one geared towards the Muslim community. Realizing this, LaunchGood’s co-founders sought out to create a site that aids Muslims in raising funds for their projects, creates a platform for them to tell their stories, and serves as a way to inspire the Muslim community to aim higher. Furthermore, In a time where Islamophobia is on the rise, LaunchGood looks to share stories surrounding Muslims making a positive change in their communities

How?

Starting in October of 2013, Launchgood was created as the product of three creative minds– Amany, a 17-year-old youth organizer at the time who was starting her first crowdfunding project; Chris, a film producer experienced with the application of crowdfunding to films; and Omar, a self-taught designer who was just getting into the crowdfunding business. They collectively realized that, when applied creatively and effectively, crowdfunding has the potential to change communities.

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Amany Killawi (interviewee)

 Amany’s Background:

Studying social work at Wayne State University, Amany wanted to make an impact at the community level. As a result, she did a lot of community work both within the Muslim and non-Muslim community. Furthermore, she asked herself really tough questions about her growth and what fostered it, such as, “Where can I have the most impact? What environments do I thrive most in?” These question led her to LaunchGood, which provided her the ability to expand her impact beyond the local community and into a global one. Never thinking she would be running a startup, Amany says of her various ventures, “The common denominator is still and will always be personal growth.”

Amany’s Advice:

“You aren’t married to your major.” Thus, people change, and that’s okay.

Want to learn more about LaunchGood and how you can help? Visit their website https://www.launchgood.com/

Green Garage business-in-residence spotlights are written by Nehe-Miah Scarborough, a student at Detroit Cristo Rey High School who’s interning with the Green Garage.

 

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