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Important Keys to Building a Great Platform

Published July 23, 2012 by goodify

A few weeks ago, Olivia and I had a great conversation with Chris Jarvis from Realized Worth who has great expertise in non-profit organizations and CSR.  He shared with us issues that exist in managing volunteering and donation programs at companies.  Here are several important points that Chris provided us that will assist us greatly in building a great platform.

  • Even with all the tools, the biggest problem is getting the most up-to-date nonprofit data online.  One organization says they have about 85,000 nonprofits and close to 600,000’s of opportunities, but most are not up-to-date.  Some non-profits don’t even exist anymore.  We can go through 100 opportunities before we find a legitimate one.  One nonprofit put the same listing in 540 times.  Chris gave us a great analogy: For the past five years, people put up posters for bake sales, garage sales and any kind of opportunities on every part of the walls, but they just never come down.
  • Design does really matter, which is why people hate one particular organization’s tool because their design is awful.   They have dozens of developers.  “I don’t know who they hire them, but they cannot fix it.  It’s a mess.  I can tell you that every company that comes to us, tell us that they hate [it].  We’re trying to get rid of it,” said Chris.  However, companies remain with this particular organization because the organization agrees to assume legal liabilities and vet nonprofit organizations to ensure they are meeting companies’ legal requirements to receive money.
  • While management tools are about getting people to sign on and volunteer, but at the end of the day, companies are collecting data and sales.  Data is more important than technology.
  • One company is giving away a free volunteer management software, but is not offering support.  Support is important.
  • We can be huge for small and medium markets.  They need a major increase in quality of program and so it’s a big move for them.  They don’t want to be spending money on themselves when they want to give money away to charities.  Many of them don’t have the budget for community involvement programs.  Many don’t have a CSR manager full-time.  They don’t have a strategy to implement.  But if we offer them something that is affordable, easy to use and wouldn’t require a full-time person to use, it would be good.  The real problem is distributing money, vetting, time consummation.
  • Chris believes in game dynamics.  Some management tools offer recognition options, and they work well.
  • Social media can work, but it depends on the company if they want to use it. There should be a dashboard where we can see our progress with goals. Goals cannot be just money and hours.  The goal needs to be translated into an impact.  Chris gave an example: “I give 200 dollars to volunteer 14 hours to a company to match and 16 girls in Haiti get to go to school and it’s terribly motivating.  If I don’t give money or hours, then these girls just don’t go to school. That’s what the tools need – to get people want to log in the hours and participate.”

Ten tips for exponentially growing the motivation of helping others

Published January 25, 2012 by goodify

While it is wonderful that we want to give of ourselves, it is also important that we spread our passion for making a difference to other people surrounding us by encouraging them to devote their time to a cause and inspire others too. This concept can be known as “pay it forward.” When one helps another human being, be a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger, that human being follows the suit by helping another person.
Here are ten tips to exponentially grow the motivation of helping others:

  1. Don’t go by yourself to a volunteer event. Bring friends and/or family members with you!
  2. At a coffee shop, pay for the coffee for the person who was behind you in the line and tell the person to do the same. See how people in South Caroline have done it!
  3. Bring recycle bins to cafes that do not have them and collect the recycle once the bins are full. If recycle bins exist, people will use them by tossing recyclable materials there.
  4. When trick-or-treating with kids on Halloween Day, encourage them to ask their neighbors to give them cans of food instead of candies to donate to the food drive. Perhaps other trick-or-treaters will do the same if they see you asking for cans!
  5. Instead of giving your friends or family members a material or a gift card for their birthdays, donate to a cause in honor of them. Your friends and family members will likely do the same for your birthdays.
  6. Leave dollar bills on the ground with a note asking the stranger to use the money help someone.
  7. Don’t just join a political campaign! Become a team leader for a political campaign in your community so that you can recruit people to join the campaign and keep them engaged!
  8. Bring reusable bags for groceries and bring extras to give to other shoppers to use when going food shopping.
  9. Offer to help your neighbors with picking up mail or watering the flowers while they’re out of town. If you do, others will help you too and others!
  10. If volunteers are needed at an organization, school or company, don’t give them the job of stuffing envelopes! Give them tasks that meet their skills and interests!



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