Mobilizing the community to take on Poverty
More and more people are having difficulty affording the necessities to survive and thrive in their lives and depend on shelters, food banks, and government supports.
On the other hand, fast fashion, excessive consumerism and inefficient supply channels send an abundance of goods into the landfill.
For example, 1.3 billion tons of food, 92 million tons of textiles, and 9 million tons of furniture are thrown out every year.
Our Main Elements
Problems With In-Kind Donations
It’s no secret that in kind programs have their share of challenges. We are here to address some of these challenges.
In-Kind Donation Management
We are creating a collaborative platform for your organization to implement within the in-kind program so that people facing poverty can get the essentials they need, when they need it. Our goal is to provide your organization with the tools to help you manage your program, and an effective data strategy for your in kind program
Identifying Urgent Needed Items
Our first goal is to understand what goods are needed in the community at any given moment, and identify potential supply partners to help fill the need. We do this by enabling you to keep a current ‘Needed Items List’ that will be integrated into a community database that can be widely shared among the community. The database will combine different points of supply and match the need with the supply where possible. Immediately upon changing or adding a need, suppliers and donors can instantly see what specifically is required.
Making It Easier For Your Donor
Stage 2 is utilizing the community need database to build tools for your donors that may help increase your conversion rate. Its easy to become overwhelmed by the ‘busyness’ of life. We know that sometimes its a mere lack of time or ability to take action for something that isn’t normally part of our daily schedule. Enable your potential donors to take immediate action donating new or used goods or to rally their network to help supply the needed items.
Complete Visibility to the Needs and the Supply
The community needs database aggregates all data together and enables a management platform for your organization for more effective in-kind management.
Creating Tools for your Front Line Staff
Stage 4 condenses the platform down into a mobile application to enable your front line staff tools for quick in-kind task management. Enable your staff members and volunteers to track, gather data, and generally manage the in-kind donations.
Below are the items that we have been able to distribute to fill a need. We will continue to grow relationships within the community so that all surplus product is distributed to where the need is. Sign up below to be part of this growing network of good!
Pairs of Socks
Register a 'Digital Donation Box'
We are increasingly moving to a digital economy. There is less in store interaction and more online purchasing. This could mean that the donation box set up in a local store, isn’t seen as much as it used to be. We are bringing this concept in line with the digital economy and enabling donors to support organizations in the community, where they commonly shop. E-commerce shops will be able to support your in-kind needs through a simple plugin to their website that will showcase urgent needs of the community through a ‘GIVE’ button. We take care of the logistics.
Community Focused Rewards Program
We are creating a community focused rewards program. “Give More, Get More”, meaning people who give back through donations, volunteering, or even sharing your cause on social media, are able to redeem discounts or rewards at local businesses.
Physical space is difficult to manage and expensive to operate. Our plan involves utilizing underused storage space, and eventually setting up localized distribution centers that every organization can utilize to create a more cost effective storage and distribution center. Think about this as kind of like an ‘Amazon for In-Kind’. Retail markets have perfected the ‘Just In Time’ supply model but for some reason we still struggle to get needed goods and food to people that are struggling.