The dream team
We are Liam and Mariya, the founding team of Pledger. We are both digital creators and product makers, building a simple yet powerful platform. Pledger makes it easy for brands to team up with and give to incredible social and environmental causes. Earlier this year we quit our jobs and built Pledger. We did this because sometimes you need to follow your dreams, especially when they make this Earth an awesome place.
We work together with Ali Butler who ensures Pledger brand collaborations are a massive win-win for all of our partners (this is as well as doing his PhD at SOAS)
From the left: Mariya, Liam, Ali
Why are we building Pledger?
It all started when we personally experienced the disconnect there is between conscious boutique businesses that want to do good through giving and the time, knowledge and tools it takes to do it well. The world is increasingly doing business online. And with so many incredible organisations already out there tackling some of the trickiest social and environmental issues - it made sense that there should be a way for conscious digital businesses to support these organisations in a meaningful way.
We built a digital platform for ethical eCommerce stores to team up with causes for mutually beneficial partnerships. At the core is our belief that every person and business can be generous and we all can have a part to play in making with world an awesome place.
We worked on Pledger concept for at least 1.5 years before hitting the ground, pulling from our own insights and feedback from people we now call our partners. All together it took about 6 months to built Pledger App. We started building in the middle of London lockdown. Having full-time jobs plus consulting gigs at the time - it was a pretty hectic (but worth it!) time. We officially released Pledger Giving App into the Shopify App Store in Feb 2021 and now have 31 stores that love to give with the App.
Don't need Pledger but want to help out?
If you have a Shopify store - check out Pledger & give us your feedback by emailing support@pledger,co
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This blog is about documenting our journey, sharing interesting collaborations on the platform and insights we learn along the way.
Thank you for reading & catch you soon,
Mariya, Liam and Ali