We want to avoid any recurring costs and avoid hiring until necessary.
We want to work with freelancers and agencies and we will need to spend funds on these areas:
- Legal advice
- Marketing and socials
Problem & Solution
Transparency is all about knowing who, why, what, how and how much. However, transparency is not only about making information available, but ensuring it can be easily accessed, understood and used by everyone.
Our goal is to research transparency, make transparent data easy to understand and introduce these solutions to Stellar. By extension to Stellar’s mission to bank the unbanked, we want to provide transparent accounts in countries supported by anchors, most of which are operating in emerging economies, and bring money where it’s needed, while building trust that the donated funds are spent effectively.
Lack of transparency leads to corruption and fraud. While it would require direct government involvement to solve these issues at the highest levels, Vitreous can take it one step at a time and provide easy tools for people to identify and warn about fraud or prove that they’re trustworthy.
The upcoming Stellar smart contracts and bridges will make it possible to connect to the booming DeFi ecosystem and provide a yield on top of transparent accounts.
Online giving has been consistently on the rise even during the pandemic. More than 20% increase in 2020, with only 20% donations coming from corporations. Only 3% charities rate their leadership as digitally savvy and 66% charities are worried they will miss out on opportunities for digital fundraising. This is an opportunity for Vitreous to bring a new simple online fundraising channel resembling bank accounts with lower fees and extra features.
Crowdfunding statistics clearly point out that engagement with donors leads to more successful campaigns and higher donations. Crowdfunding campaigns with videos earn 105% more and with regular updates 126% more. Sharing less than 2 times resulted in 97% failure. By providing social network features, it will be easy and intuitive for users to share what they were able to achieve with the donations and progressively build trust with their donors by answering their questions.
Who benefits from transparent accounts?
- Charities and nonprofits
- Political campaigns
- Important underfunded government institutions (e.g. schools, hospitals)
- Groups of people (e.g. sport clubs, art collectives, research labs)
- Streamers, Content Creators and Influencers (Responsible/green/social spending, prove that money is spent on green/responsible products)
Possible monetization for Vitreous
- Provide saving accounts using DeFi and charge a small fee on the generated yield.
- Monthly subscription for pro-accounts with additional vanity features.
- Transparent-banking-as-a-service platform to provide mobile and web apps with our features but custom styling.
- B2B deals with banks. Banks might be interested in providing transparent bank accounts with our UI either by replacing Stellar as the financial backend or, ideally, integrating into Stellar.
- Building on Stellar brings technological advantage to provide more feature rich and complex product with less fees compared to the competition.
- People are still skeptical about using cryptocurrencies and this might discourage them from using Vitreous.
- Maybe people don’t care about transparency or how their donations are used as much as we would like.
- Content moderation is difficult.
- Possible target for troll farms (https://blog.gerulata.com/russian-propaganda-network-in-slovakia/)
- Online giving has been consistently increasing.
- Great timing to build a fintech on Stellar, as it’s perfectly positioned as the bridge between traditional finance and cryptocurrencies.
- With the arrival of smart contracts and bridges, it will bring even more opportunities to connect to the booming DeFi ecosystem on other chains.
- Regulation might prevent certain use cases e.g. political campaigns.
- Easy to copy solution given enough funds and coding power.
- Giving in 2020 rose despite the pandemic putting millions out of work,
- Only a fraction (20%) of donations come from corporations
- Those making less than $50,000 a year give more in relation to total income than those in all other income ranges except the highest earners
- 2020 saw a huge 20% increase in online giving
- The least likely reason for people to give is so they can get a tax break
- Charitable giving experienced a 25.3% increase in online fundraising from March 2020 to March 2021.
- Only 3% of charities rate their board and executive leadership as being digitally savvy.
- 66% of charities are worried they will miss out on opportunities for digital fundraising.
- 51% of high-wealth donors ($200k+) prefer to give online.
- 21% of donations are directly through social media.
This shows that online donations are becoming more and more popular.
- Crowdfunding generates over $17b yearly in NA alone and it grew 33% year-to-year in 2020. The crowdfunding market is projected to reach $300b by 2030.by e
- There were 6.455 080 worldwide crowdfunding campaigns in 2020. There are projected to be 12,063,870 campaigns by 2023.
- Crowdfunding campaigns with videos earn 105% more than those without videos. Campaigns that updated followers regularly raised 126% more than those with no updates.
- Adding personal information to your campaign could get you 79% more backers.
- Crowdfunding campaign admins that shared fewer than 2 times have a 97% chance of failure. A successful campaign admin posts an average of 4 times throughout their campaign.
This proves that more community feedback increases donations.
Streamers, Content Creators and Influencers
These professions partly rely on donations as well. Vitreous can provide additional outlets to connect to their audiences. Responsible spending from their side might encourage more donations.
Essentially, creating a social network about money should create a whole new type of influencers.
In Slovakia, every political campaign is required by the law to be funded through a transparent bank account. The only information available there is: balance, incoming and outgoing payments, bank account numbers and their holders. This sort of transparency is not satisfactory. Journalists are going the extra mile to research this information. This is causing a lot of trouble for politicians since they’re complaining that their donors are contacted and harassed by journalists. Even though there is some transparency, it still requires a lot of work and effort to understand it. While journalists might do the work, an ordinary voter definitely won’t.
Bringing a more transparent product to the market can create a way for politicians, who care and are willing to prove to their voters at all costs that their funding is decent, to distance themselves from those who prefer not to get questioned about their funding.
- 5% of total funds raised
- payment processing fees 3% + $0.20. Pledges under $10 have a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + $0.05 per pledge
- 5% platform fee on all funds raised for the campaign
- 3%*+ $0.20
- crowdfunding, personal and charity campaigns
- platform fee 0%
- transaction Fees 2.9%* + $0.30 per donation
- membership platform for artists and creators
- 5%-12% of monthly income
- standard rate 2.9% + $0.30 per successful payment over $3
- micropayment rate 5% + $0.10 per successful payment $3 or less
- payments are directly transferred to your PayPal, Stripe or bank account.
- 5% fee
- crowdfunding for non-profits $59/month, $99/month for non-profits, 1.2% and 29¢ on donations