Who We Are
Radha Swami is a Japan-based non profit, non governmental and non partisan organization founded in March 2012.In June 2013 we were legally registered in Japan (registered identification number: 0133-05-002062), and launched an online crowdfunding platform named “Radha-Swami.org”.This site is where NGOs around the globe can raise funds for their own projects that help people in need!
Our aim is to make a positive impact on saving the lives of people in need.To achieve this, our top priorities are:
1. Projects helping people in need.
2. Projects that otherwise would have been impossible to be launched without our service.
Key Elements in Radha-Swami.org
1. Radha Swami does not charge mandatory fees.
2. Projects are focused only on those that help people in need and who lack funds for a start-up.
3. We have designed an All-or-Nothing funding model: contributions to the project will not be captured if the funding goal is not met.
4. Contributors receive a reward in exchange for their contribution.
5. Contributors are given information that describes in detail how their contributions will be used.
6. Each project’s progress is tracked so everyone involved has knowledge of the impact of their contribution.
Story Behind the Idea
Hi, there! I am Seiya Okawa, a co-founder of Radha Swami.
Ever since I saw underprivileged kids, women, and men while I was backpacking in Asian and African countries as a college student, I began to wonder what I could do to save the lives of people in need.
There may be no silver bullet answer, but I started my own NGO with my partner. Then we tried to undertake one development project in India, because I believed I could make a direct impact on that local community.
However, the fact that everyone who suffers deserves to be helped made it difficult for us to determine who to choose as our first priority. This experience led us to thinking about what we might have to do to achieve the target worldwide.
We came up with the idea of online fundraising, since we are limited as far as knowing how a NGO would want to spend our contribution. We thought that running an online fundraising platform for a particular project with a detailed project budget would be beneficial for NGOs and individual contributors. It would give the NGOs a fundraising opportunity, and the individual donors would be able to know where and how their donations were used.
With the increased awareness of “crowdfunding,” I decided that the concept of a reward-based fundraising platform could enable more people to enjoy supporting NGO projects and thus would help more people in need.
It was with those thoughts in mind that Radha Swami was born: crowdfunding platform for people in need.