Prashan is the CEO of Chuffed - a new crowd funding platform for Australian non-profits and social enterprises. Prior to starting Chuffed, he spent 4 years as a strategic advisor to Australian non-profits, foundations and corporates at Social Ventures Australia Consulting. Prashan has also had roles in the IFC, World Bank Group in Western China, supporting the development of emerging microfinance banks and new financial services regulation as well as with Port Jackson Partners.
I first met Rob Caslick in a hotel lobby in Sydney’s King’s Cross. Rob was a full-time engineer working in what seemed to me to be quite a demanding job. Somehow though Rob had found time in the evenings to start an Organic Soup Kitchen feeding the homeless in his community 7 nights a week.
Rob had come to me to talk funding. He wanted to start a garden on the rooftop of the Soup Kitchen. Asylum seekers from the neighbouring refugee service would tend to the garden, giving them something familiar to do in the 4-5 years that they were waiting around to be processed. The Soup Kitchen would get freshly grown organic produce to feed the homeless. A brilliant win-win.
The challenge though was that he needed $15,000 to get the garden off the ground and he had exhausted all the usual channels. Our task – help Rob raise $15,000 with no mailing list and no marketing budget.