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The rising relevancy of NFTs, Crypto, and Blockchain in fundraising

The future of fundraising – with blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFTs – is here and ready for you. In this recording of a live, virtual session at September 29, 2021 Virtual Summit for Nonprofit Changemakers, Wendy Y. Feher and Rebecca Stokes, of DoinGud provide viewers an overview into the changing technology and its implications for nonprofits. DoinGud  is a soon-to-launch platform providing, “…NFT ecosystem for creators, collectors, curators, and communities to do good.” according to its website.

In this session, the two cover the fundamentals (including definitions of important terms), provide examples of famous NFTs, provide examples of fundraising successes, and highlight voices from sector experts. They also discuss and explore the risks and common concerns.

This session is for anyone interested in learning about how the technology is being used in fundraising and assumes the audience has no, or little, prior knowledge of the topic.

Attendee Takeaways:
1. Key terms: blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFTs
2. Real-life NFT use cases
3. Risks & Responses
4. How to get started, in under an hour

About the presenters:

Wendy Y. Feher, Steward Nonprofit Relations, DoinGud

Wendy has worked with senior executives of global organizations to transform their leadership, culture, and organizations. Her field of expertise is in working with leadership and organizations to build their own bridges from legacy to leading edge by identifying blockers and sparking new ways of thinking, doing and being. Operational outcomes include accelerating change, speed of innovation and increased consultative sales capacity.

Wendy is collaborative, inclusive, and positive. Her client solutions often challenge convention and create new pathways that deliver results and exceed expectations.

Sectors of experience include media, entertainment, financial services, metals/mining, start-ups, and world-class service organizations. Clients include Anglo American, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carrefour, Daimler AG, ING Bank, Lufthansa Group, and Porsche Holding.

Wendy worked at USA Today and Yahoo in their early years. In parallel to her main career, she has for many years consulted to start-ups and social enterprises to build strategy, professional leadership, and fund-raising capacity. Wendy started a jellybean business during university. Years later, in collaboration with a colleague, she launched her second initiative, an after-school program in New York City to help under-served high school students with career planning and workplace readiness. Wendy attended Brandeis University for her BA and Kellogg Graduate School of Management for her MBA.

Rebecca Stokes, Director of Nonprofit Relations and Partnerships at DoinGud

Rebecca is passionate about delivering impact in a wide range of areas. Outside of DoinGud, she works with a variety of impact projects and nonprofits.

She was the Global Support Centre manager with Cameroon-based NGO Social Development International coordinating PPE delivery, health, well-being and education initiatives and now is the Associate Director of Development and Communications for Peacebuilding Solutions, an Atlanta-based nonprofit working to support refugees and revolutionize the humanitarian aid system. Additionally, Rebecca is a digital mapper for the Tanzania Development Trust mapping rural Tanzania to aid the work of local anti-FGM activists. She is also a crisis line operator with the mental health charity Shout! UK and a marketing support officer for the environmental NGO Become Carbon Negative.

Moreover, Rebecca is a volunteer English tutor for the education charity Action Tutoring and an applicant interviewer and team facilitator for Generation UK which provides specialized into-career courses for disadvantaged individuals. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, English Linguistics Studies and Politics.

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