Meet Rob Caslick, Chuffed.org’s Community Leader based in Sydney. An engineer-by-day, foodie and star crowdfunder, Rob runs three social ventures. Read about some of Rob's amazing ventures and drives below!
P.S If you want to meet Rob and get inspired, he's leading our next Crowdfunding for Social Causes Workshop in Sydney on September 11. (For last tickets, click here)
Tell us a bit about yourself and your career (or life) so far.
I'm an engineer with a passion for social ventures:
Why did you decide to become a Chuffed.org Community Leader?
Im a big believer in the power of crowdfunding. I also like thinking about strategy and how to engage a community.
How did your crowdfunding journey begin?
I met Prashan (CEO of Chuffed.org) in a seedy hotel bar in Kings Cross, Sydney. It was actually during the morning and we talked about a project I was hoping to do. Prashan was talking about a charity crowdfunding concept he was working on - the beginnings of Chuffed.org! We had a great chat and when I was about to raise funds to build a rooftop garden, I thought "I might give this crowdfunding thing a go".
What social cause are passionate about and why?
I am passionate about all people and environmental causes. I typically use food as the medium. I find it a great way to focus on the person and not the cause. For instance, at our soup kitchen we use organic food and only serve food we would eat ourself. Our focus is about what's on the table - not who is in the chair.
What relevant fundraising or other experience do you have that you can share with participants in the workshop?
I have run quite a lot of crowdfunding campaigns. Made plenty of mistakes - but learnt a lot along the way!