10×10 is a youth- and volunteer-led organisation encouraging the next generation to get involved in philanthropy. How it does this, however, is a little different — it raises money for charities by hosting interactive, live crowdfunding events. And it’s next one is happening in Melbourne on Tuesday, November 13.
The organisation was started four years ago by a group of young people who wanted to make a difference. Since then, it has raised over $1.4 million for 129 different charities across Australia, UK, Hong Kong and the USA.
The events — which are held biannually in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide — are broken into three parts. First, you head to 10×10’s ticketing website to make a pledge of $100 or more (this amount will be converted into “Charity Dollars” and is also your ticket). Next, you rock up to the event, where three different start-up charities will pitch their causes to the crowd. Finally, you decide what charity you want your pledge, or “Charity Dollars”, to go to and bam — a little more goodness is created in the world and a charity nabs some much-needed funds.
You’ll also have the chance to sip wine, snack on complimentary bites and chat to like-minded, philanthropic folk at the event. So think of it as a fundraiser-meets-cocktail party (without the starched collars and ballgowns).