In my last post I said I wasn’t sure what was next, but I knew I wouldn’t be idle for long. Well, it wasn’t long, and I think I know what’s next. I want to build a website for micro and mini fundraising.Â I want to empower individual volunteers to support the organizations they love, and on their own terms. I also want to facilitate small grassroots organizations wanting to run their own fundraisers.
This idea has come up independently in two conversations now, and like Kiva,Â DonorsChoose andÂ Kickstarter I think it’s going to resonate with people. I want to build a website that will help an individual organize a 1 or 10 or whatever person event for an cause he or she supports. In the same way, I want to help smallÂ organisationsÂ put on their own charity event. And because the world is social, I want to help people find charity events to participate in. I want to truly empower the power of one. You shouldn’t have to wait for someone else, you should be able to create Race for the Cure or Aids Walk/Run and have it succeed. You should be able to participate in charity events that are 100% free of corporate sponsorship. Your passion belongs to you, Â and should not be associated with pink buckets of chicken, soft drink power votes, or branded marketing of any kind unless you want it to.
There’s a lot of stuff I need to do before I start writing website code, of course, so don’t expect to see something immediately. I also have no intention of quitting my day job any time soon, so the going is going to be slow. But I think there is something exciting here, something that no one else is doing. I’m excited by it. If this excites you too, please let me know.