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PhilanthroPub "Cause" puts a new spin on philanthropy

  
  
  


Washington, DC welcomes Cause, a unique bar that promises to give 100% of its net profit to 3-6 different charities each quarter.



Cheers to that



Founders Nick Vilelle and Raj Ratwani, who have had experience with nonprofits on the organizational and educational side, came together with the idea that a bar can operate for a greater cause. In their plan they want their customers to “eat, drink and be merry” and the money spent will then go to “pay bills” including rent, utilities, and overhead, and above that “100% [of profit will] be donated to charity.” This groundbreaking idea is a personal mission for the owners, who will handpick 3-6 charities per quarter that meet their philanthropy standards.



Philanthropy and business combined



Vilelle and Ratwani want to ensure that while the philanthropy aspect of their business makes it unique, their customers’ main attraction to the bar is for their drinks, food and general atmosphere. They do not want their customers to feel bombarded with messages of philanthropy and truly want their bar experience to be like that of any others, except that their money, in addition to going to their food and beverage, is going to a great cause. If you’re in the area make sure to check out Cause!



What do you think of fundraising business models like this? Are they plausible long term, and will they grow in popularity?



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