July 2016
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Friends of Tin Roof Society,

We want to thank you for coming alongside us over the past 7 years as we have grown to where we are today. For the past year, we have been in Nairobi, Kenya, exploring emerging opportunities in East Africa for Tin Roof Society. In short, we have been incredibly encouraged by the response to our efforts here and we believe God is leading us to stay on in Kenya for the foreseeable future.
 

With this exciting step come added expenses. We continue to build our East African team (currently two Kenyan staff and growing) as well as secure an office and all that goes with it.   The projects that we are working on have expanded, which is exciting, but it adds to our budget.  Additionally, after a year of being in Kenya we can confidently say our cost of living is 25% higher than living in the States.  So, we need your help.  We are asking you to consider joining, or rejoining, our financial support team for the next year. Would you help us meet our goal of raising $3,500.00 per month? Our goal is to raise these funds by August 10th. We have many more open doors we would like to walk through, but we simply cannot move forward without your help. You can sign up quickly online here.  You may also mail a check to- Tin Roof Society 7904 Princeton Rd.  Liberty Township, OH 45044.

Thank you for believing in us and and supporting us financially. When we say we cannot do this without you, we sincerely mean it.  And truthfully, we wouldn't want to do it without you, either.

With Gratitude,
Shawn & Whitney Koonce

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It's no secret that East Africa has long held a special place in our family's heart.  So, when we had the opportunity to return last year, we eagerly but cautiously stepped forward.  Eagerly, because we had seen the success of Tin Roof Society in East Africa, as well as the potential for growth in such a strong, emerging economy and culture.  Cautiously, because we wanted this to be a wise, Christ-centered move, and not just because it had been a long-time dream of ours.  After 14 months, we firmly believe Kenya is where God is asking us to walk out what He has called us to do. Our purpose is to assist in building and empowering a culture of generosity in East Africa and to meet local needs with the Gospel and common sense, practical solutions. God has positioned us in very unique ways to use 16 years of youth ministry experience combined with the last 7 years of non profit development with Tin Roof Society to teach, mentor and develop here in Kenya.
We came to Kenya to create an organization which would help diminish the need for outside funding and at the same time, meet Kenyan needs by assisting East African companies in developing and implementing local philanthropy efforts.  Our aim was to advise companies where and how their philanthropic giving could best be used and then help them build and execute the projects with charitable organizations we had vetted.  This process has proven to take more time then we had hoped. So we went back to the drawing board and asked, "What can we do, or do better, that will help us achieve our goal of being a trusted agency for this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR for short)?"  We embarked on a game plan which led us to today.  You can read about in more detail here.
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