Our Story

 
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Our founder Matt Kepple started sponsoring a child while he was studying Chemistry with French, Maths and Physics at The University of Birmingham. He paid £18/month to sponsor a boy called Angel from Honduras and provide him with food, clothing and education


But after a few of months Matt could no longer afford to continue donating £18/month a month so he had to cancel his sponsorship. Frustrated, embarrassed but not undeterred, Matt had an idea: what If he asked his friends to chip in £1/month to collectively sponsor the child together?

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Matt’s friends liked the idea so over the next few weeks Matt recruited a team of student volunteers to run a campaign called Sponsor a Kid for a Quid. After 3 months, 150 students and staff had signed up to donate £1/month to collectively sponsor 10 children.


The idea won an award from Channel4 and Matt was invited to become one of The RSA’s youngest Fellows. Matt graduated and began working in a London advertising agency. Meanwhile the student volunteers continued running Sponsor a Kid for a Quid in Birmingham and Matt began wondering how to bring the idea to London

*The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturing

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While Matt was on a trip to Birmingham he saw a Megabus with the slogan £1 Low Cost Intercity Travel. This gave him the idea of applying the Sponsor a Kid for a Quid concept to all charities everywhere and using the slogan £1 Low Cost International Projects. This is the idea which would later became Makerble


After spending a few years as a marketing consultant, market researcher and charity manager, Matt had saved up enough and won a couple of awards which allowed him to start building Makerble in 2013. The original idea was a place online where people could find projects to give to each month and receive updates on the progress of those projects, just like child sponsorship

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However not long after launch, Matt and the team quickly learned that charities were struggling to provide regular project updates. After speaking with the charities, it became clear that the problem of providing regular updates was widespread across the entire charity industry. The average charity was managing grants from 15 different funders whom they needed to provide bespoke detailed reports to and most charities were drowning under the paperwork and admin.


So we decided to do something about it and that is exactly what we have done. Makerble now provides nonprofits with a database to track the people, animals and projects they help as well as a suite of customisable dashboards that show funders the real-time impact of each of project.

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But now we’re starting to see our technology being used by government departments, businesses and individuals because in each case, they want to increase the success rate of the programmes and goals they are working on. And why not? Because ultimately everybody, regardless of their industry, benefits from knowing the impact of their work and understanding what they can do to achieve their goals faster.


Perhaps one day, we will return to the first chapter in our story by combining nonprofits’ programme success rate data with an interface for donors to discover nonprofit programmes to donate to. It would be a world-first and allow anyone to discover trustworthy charitable projects which provide real-time updates on the difference donations are making. But until that time, we are excited to be helping everyone increase the success rate of the things they do.