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Cheap International Shipping for Other Charities

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My company has an incredibly valuable asset in a set of deeply discounted international shipping rates with DHL Express. These rates allow us to ship letters and boxes up to 70 lbs. each to any international destination serviced by DHL Express from the US or from any country to the US. The rates are a whopping 81% discount from the list rate, on average.

I encountered a CNN Hero story about Derek Kayongo of Global Soap Project. Derek's organization collects and re-mills used hotel soap and ships it to villages in Africa. The mere washing of hands is now responsible for a dramatic decline in the nearly 2 million annual child deaths in Africa caused by diarrheal illness. Global Soap Project is a great candidate to take advantage of my program and there are hundreds of others.

My vision is to make our rates available to other charitable organizations that serve the international community under one of two methods:

1. Entirely free shipping: Charitable organizations can use our rates to further their mission and within their daily operations and we will pay the shipping charges they incur. In order to make this work, we would need to raise (or Crowdrise) a significant reserve account to meet the needs that come along. Even with our significant discount, 1,000 packages per month would cost about $20,000 per month to subsidize. Compare, however, to the list rate for the same number of packages at about $100,000!

2. Free of service fees: Our regular clients use our rates and pay us half of what they save when compared to their existing rate, which is our profit. I envision the "free of service fees" model as a mode in which the charitable organization can use our rates and pay the discounted shipping amount without having to pay us our fees. The organization receives our discounted shipping fee and is responsible for paying what they used. This is the mode we will use if we don't Crowdrise the reserve needed for the former model.

In either model, there would not be any minimum spend amount to receive the rates or any term agreement.

Amount to Raise

1. Free Shipping: $70,000 required to build initial reserve account, market program, implement program and manage program

2. Free of service fees: $15,000 per year to market, implement and manage program.


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Richard Palarea

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Scott Watkins

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