The Good Suspended video series part two - three more fantastic little films

We bring you three more superb short videos by fundraiser Francesco Ambrogetti as he continues to celebrate the ordinary people doing extraordinary things during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Francesco Ambrogetti
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July 16, 2020

The Good Suspended was inspired by the Italian tradition of ‘caffe sospeso’ (‘suspended coffee’: or a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity). 

Now ordinary citizens are doing extraordinary things to help people during the coronavirus pandemic. 

These are simple yet extraordinary acts like: cancelling rent for tenants, buying an extra bag of groceries for those in need, preserving the memory of those who died alone, and sending letters to a mother separated from her newborn child. Coronavirus has made it possible for thousands of ordinary people to become the unsung heroes of this crisis. Every week we’ll bring you new episodes, two minutes of stories that are changing lives and inspiring many more.

Episode six - Mums and pops


Two amazing stories. The first is of Nancy, who runs a small restaurant in Kenya. Everybody calls her Mama. The second features Mr. Powles, a man delivering hundreds of meals to poor children in Grimsby, UK.

Episode seven - Children


In this episode, we hear amazing stories of children and young people fighting for justice, raising funds, and inventing solutions for ventilators and hand-washing. So if they tell you ‘don’t be a child!’ it’s probably a good thing. Maybe we should all be more like children, embracing humanity and finding solutions to needs and problems.

Episode eight - It’s on your face


The most familiar and yet alien object – a face mask – can save many lives. In this episode we feature ‘masks suspended’ in baskets in Italy, the tale of an Arkansas farmer sending his last mask to doctors and nurses in NYC, and a story that shows how a mask changed the life of a girl in Rio.

About the author: Francesco Ambrogetti

Francesco Ambrogetti

Francesco returned to Italy in 2015 after 20 years abroad, as marketing and fundraising director of UNICEF in Italy. Francesco has 20 years of senior-level fundraising leadership experience with major international charities including UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNHCR, MSF, WWF, Red Cross. His experience extends worldwide and includes raising billions of dollars in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. He launched the campaign Schools for Africa for UNICEF that raised over $200 million until now. 

He is professor of fundraising at Bologna University and frequent speaker at international & national fundraising congresses and frequent blogger and author of articles on fundraising and marketing. He is also author of the book ‘Manuale di fundraising per le organizzazioni nonprofit’ (Handbook on fundraising for nonprofit organisations) published in 2005.

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