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A Platform that Curates Charitable Causes and also Offers Charity as a Service

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Dec 20, 2021
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A platform where you can "adopt" a project and sponsor it alone or with a group of your friends.
Introduction
There are a ton of charity organizations around; however, most of them focus their efforts on one type of societal problem. Furthermore, most charities cast a wide net and hope to do their part in resolving a particular societal problem. For example, there are charities focused on solving world hunger, there are some focused on helping people access healthcare services, and so on.
Why We Need Another Charity Model
Charities are laudable organizations that help make the world a better place. However, I think there should be another model different from the current one to augment what has and is being achieved.
Most charities tackle big, humongous problems. And this might seem daunting to the average person. Besides, several of the causes charities tackle do not have a end in sight. As a result, many people might be hesitant about donating to them.
How it Works
I propose a charity platform that curates laudable projects that people can:
  • Donate to and volunteer for
  • Adopt and fully sponsor the accomplishment of
These projects will have clear goals (and end dates, in some cases).
For example, a bright and talented kid without the financial means to get a good education. In such a scenario, an entry will be created on the platform, following verification, with a goal - say $50,000. Then, a good Samaritan can either choose to "Adopt" the project and provide all the funds or several people can donate towards the fulfilment of that goal.
Other examples include fundraising for a terminally ill public personality, building a community center in rough neighbourhoods to provide a good foundation for the kids, sponsoring the supply of electricity to a town in a third-world country, and providing finances for a research project shunned by Big Pharma because it could result in a drug that'll hurt their bottomline.
For "Adopters" of entire projects, there should be an option for them to be anonymous or for their name to be attached to the project.
The platform should have categories so people can easily find projects with goals they are passionate about. And while the algorithm should give every entry a chance, there should be a section for the most popular and "trendy" projects.
What Else?
The platform should offer charity-as-a-service, where people who have a particular charitable project in mind can get in touch, outline what they hope to achieve, and provide the funding (or at least, most of the funding) required to accomplish said project.
This option will help people who do not have a lot of time on their hands to make an impact in their society all the same.
I believe such a platform will support what mainstream charities do and make the world more pleasant for its inhabitants.
Do you think it's feasible? Would you use the platform?
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Hi Oguntola Tobi Here are a few sites (functioning in India) for inspiration. These include social as well as medical causes (also child welfare, education, animal welfare, and many others).
  1. ketto.org (for other causes too)
  2. impactguru.com (medical)
  3. milaap.org (medical)
  4. mightycause.com (for other causes too)
A couple of blogs displaying links to other similar sites -
  1. https://blog.bonfire.com/best-fundraising-websites/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/chancebarnett/2013/05/08/top-10-crowdfunding-sites-for-fundraising/?sh=451e0a8f3850
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobia month ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni The Indian platforms are eerily similar to what I had in mind when I ideated this, especially Ketto.org and Milaap.org. I'll like to see the platforms more involved, though, such that they are not only places for crowdfunding for emergencies, but also projects and causes that seek to advance the society.
Like, the platforms should be charity organizations that source for charitable causes, then list and promote them.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Oguntola Tobi Yes, I agree. I think governments should also be involved in such cases where the charity is for the welfare of the society. The organization should be able to work in close relation with the government, telling them what needs to/ can be done and then, the government will execute the task since it is much more prepared to perform society-levels tasks like building schools, sports complexes, hospitals, etc. The organization could support the execution using crowd-funded money. This will ease the financial burden on the government.
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Povilas S
Povilas Sa month ago
What you mention is now often done through social media. There are ads targeting people offering to donate to a specific individual, once you click on it there's a whole story about a child who has cancer and how your donations could help save their life, etc. There perhaps are intermediaries who help those in need of donations set up the ad campaign, which would equal offering charity as a service.
But I'm not saying your idea is not valuable, such a donation system could perhaps be more centralized and constitute a well-known website. Have you checked if something like that exists? The part of your idea which, I think, is the most novel is a possibility for someone to adapt the whole project and raise funds for it independently.
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobia month ago
Povilas S I searched online and found nothing of the sort. And yes, the similarity with social media - where people create Gofundme links for donations - did occur to me. However, I believe a centralized platform for this purpose has more benefits.
The thing is, many charity causes get lost in the noise of social media. As a result, many people who need help do not get them because of little to low visibility. A platform will ensure every charity case gets fair publicity,. Also, a platform will duly verify each case and ensure it is not a ploy by unscrupulous people trying to play a fast one on unsuspecting members of the public.
Besides, most of the charity cases on social media are solely about people who need urgent help. There is hardly ever any campaign to fund community-centered projects. A platform will change that as such projects are important for our development as a society.
If you consider friends and family members creating Gofundme links for their loved ones intermediaries, you are right. Otherwise, I don't believe these causes have intermediaries. At least, I haven't come across any. I stand to be corrected.
Finally, I'm glad a part of it appeals to you. I hope I satisfactorily addressed the points you raised.
Thanks for your input.
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