By day, these volunteers include a student, a teacher, a civil servant, an investment banker, a financial analyst, a PR officer and many more. By night, they all transformed into “keyboard warriors”, hunching before computers as they carried out detective-like work to uncover active philanthropists out there. A WhatsApp group was set up, filled with conversations as we shared the difficulties encountered and tips to overcome them. Coupled by intermittent Zoom meetings, our collaborative effort finally took off, with a hefty Google spreadsheet emerging.
To ensure accuracy, we engaged 10 additional volunteers to cross check the data. A former consultant took the lead to coordinate. A developer advised us on how to use no-code tools to create a website easily. A growth marketing manager and a PR professional also joined to strategize and execute a launch plan.