<![CDATA[Recovery Pledge - Blog]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:05:03 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Natural Disasters of 2014]]>Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:28:24 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/natural-disasters-of-2014We came across an informative Time magazine article about number of natural disaster that happened in 2014. Nine out of the seventeen disasters happened on U.S. soil. From the Polar Vortex, to the drought and wildfires in California, to the mudslides in the Pacific Northwest - disasters wreak havoc on Americans near and far.

As we settle into the depths of winter, Chris and I are hopeful that Recovery Pledge will become available to help those in need soon. Small businesses across the nation are looking for solutions to help them get back on their feet after a disaster. We believe that utilizing our purchasing power and directing it to communities in need will be that solution.

Stay tuned for our next crowdfunding campaign this summer!

Thank you for your support. We appreciate it!
Marta Girdwood
<![CDATA[One Week Left!]]>Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:20:38 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/one-week-leftAs of today, we've received close to 50% of our crowdfunding goal.

Let's make this the best week ever. Here is where YOU come in. Please share the link to our Indiegogo page with two friends.
We encourage you to show your support on Facebook and Twitter.

Sample Facebook post:
I am a proud supporter of the @RecoveryPledge crowdfunding campaign. You too should take a look: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/consumer-driven-disaster-recovery

Sample Twitter post:

Happy to support @recoverypledge #crowdfunding campaign. Only 1 week left to help them reach their goal! http://igg.me/at/recovery-pledge/

We thank you for your support!

Happy Weekend!
Marta & Chris
<![CDATA[Creating Consumer-Driven Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses]]>Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:41:18 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/creating-consumer-driven-disaster-recovery-for-small-businesses
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher Girdwood (517) 230-5288

Creating Consumer-Driven Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses

Valencia, Calif - September 24, 2014 - When disaster strikes, small business owners watch sales plummet. Earthquakes, floods, or man-made disasters can wipe out a customer base that took years of work to build. Recovery Pledge solves this problem by connecting small businesses with customers immediately after a disaster.

Christopher Girdwood witnessed the turmoil small business owners experience while he worked in New Orleans during the 2010 Deepwater Oil Spill. In a disaster, nonprofit groups like the Red Cross can bring in needed water, canned food, and blankets and the federal government can provide low-interest loans. Customers are lost, though, and local businesses are devastated.

"Companies can't pay back a loan, even a low-interest one, if there are no customers," says Christopher, a native of Detroit, Michigan who works in economic development and urban planning.

He is based in Valencia, California and his solution is Recovery Pledge, a social enterprise that connects small businesses with customers around the nation.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40 percent of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen. Christopher believes consumers will direct their buying habits to support disaster-stricken companies if given the opportunity.

"A private sector approach to disaster recovery can compliment the work of charitable organizations," he says.

Local businesses in New Orleans and those he has met in Los Angeles have responded with enthusiasm.

The next step to make Recovery Pledge a viable platform on a national scale is the development of an e-commerce site allowing consumers to purchase from the businesses that sign on. Shoppers can purchase recovery pledges, which are vouchers for the goods and services small businesses sell on a daily basis. This creates operating cash despite a disaster.

Shoppers will be able to follow the business in its recovery process and the website will show where in the country the purchases are made.

Recovery Pledge is in the final two weeks of an Indiegogo.com campaign to raise $7,500 to build the social enterprise platform.

"The goal is to stabilize sales. This also sustains a tax base and helps the entire community."

Christopher's professional background in public-private partnerships with the Department of Defense and work with the International Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C. makes him an ideal interview on the topic.

Contact him directly at 517-230-5288 and via recoverypledge.com or the Indiegogo Recovery Pledge campaign page.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

<![CDATA[Campaign Progress]]>Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:45:37 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/campaign-progressWe're happy to report that we've received some great support on our campaign thus far. We raised 25% with 26 days to go. 

We'd like to ask you to share the campaign with friends, family and small business owners in your community.

Thank you for your support!
Chris & Marta
<![CDATA[The Perk of the Perks]]>Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:35:36 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/the-perk-of-the-perksWe believe that one of the greatest benefits of crowdfunding is the process of building up the perk structure. You can get very creative and offer your supporters something useful in return for their contribution to your campaign.

We are currently one week into our crowdfunding campaign and it's been so fun to see which of our perks are the most popular.

We invite you to take a look at our campaign and if you like it, go ahead and pick up a perk for yourself.

As always, thanks for your support!
Chris and Marta
<![CDATA[Philips Innovation Fellows Competition]]>Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:11:27 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/philips-innovation-fellows-competitionWe had and now have the opportunity to launch a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with many great companies thanks to the Phillips Innovation Fellows Competition. Phillips is looking for campaigns that meet a number of criteria focused on living well, being healthy and enjoying life.

It's competitions like these that bring out the best in us. Crowdfunding is not easy, but many thanks to Phillips for encouraging the team at Recovery Pledge to give it another try.   
Christopher & Marta
<![CDATA[Introducing Our Social Media Toolkit]]>Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:10:04 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/introducing-our-social-media-toolkitWe are going to offer some new and exciting perks during our Indiegogo campaign.  One of perks includes "Get Social".  By purchasing this perk, you will receive a digital version of our Social Media Toolkit, which includes 45+ pages of detailed tips and tricks on how to get the most out of social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Quora and more).

Below is a little teaser of our Social Media Toolkit.

We're looking forward to our launch on Saturday!
Christopher & Marta
<![CDATA[Looking Back...]]>Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:50:54 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/looking-backAs we prepare to launch a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign this Saturday, August 30th, we can't help but reminisce about our first campaign.

In today's post, we'd like to take a moment to highlight some of the memorable events from last year.

We spent a great deal of time planning and developing our company's profile.
We held three events at the Pasadena Public Library on "How to create and maintain an e-commerce website".
We participated in a number of pitch competitions. One of them included the Falling Walls Competition hosted by the University of California Los Angeles. The second fast-pitch competition hosted by TechSparks, which we were honored to win first place.
Earlier this year, Christopher represented Recovery Pledge on the crowdfunding panel during the Innovate Pasadena event.
Lastly, but equally important, we had a chance to connect with some great folks in the Los Angeles area, and introduce our idea to small business owners and conscious consumers across the country.

We look forward to making more memories this year, and we hope to connect with you as well.

Thank you for taking a look down memory lane,
Christopher & Marta
<![CDATA[Crowdfunding Campaign Take Two]]>Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:33:50 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/crowdfunding-campaign-take-twoRecovery Pledge Team
Hello Friends,

We are very excited to announce that in five days we will launch our 2014 crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

We are going to offer some great new perks based on the valuable feedback we received from last year's campaign.

The campaign goes live on Saturday, August 30th and will run for 31 days.

We greatly appreciate your support.

With warm regards,
Christopher & Marta

<![CDATA[Status Update: Web Design Progress]]>Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:37:16 GMThttp://recoverypledge.com/blog/status-update-web-design-progressHello Friends!

We are working on improving the user experience of Recovery Pledge. 

Today, we'd like to share with you some of the progress we've made. As future users, we'd love to know what you think. So let's hear it!