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Answering a Concern August 9, 2008

Posted by emcdaniel in Philosophies.
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There has been a concern raised over charities who would sign on with us but only if we either only allowed Christian charities or didn’t allow religious charities. I would like to address this concern.

Unlike other fund raising and distributing charities like the United Way, we will have no say in where you send your money. You are not giving it to us and we are not giving it to the charity. You are giving directly. We are serving as a means to connect donors and volunteers to worthy charities and projects and we take none of your money.

This means that if you use our services to donate to your local church then all of that money will go to that church. By the same token if you chose to give to a non-religious charity we will take none of that money either. Every penny goes to the organization or project you want it to go to.

We are also going to include customizable filters on your profile. If you only want to see Florida based Methodist charities engaged in mission work in Africa then you can set it that way. If you only want to see secular charities based in Texas who do environmental work then you can have it that way to.

You will have total control over your money or other donations.

We will not discriminate against any charity provided it follows some simple rules:

1) The charity cannot promote violence to advance its mission.

2) The charity cannot be under investigation for funding terrorism.

3) Nothing advancing a specifically political agenda.

The first seed August 8, 2008

Posted by novelistkat in Progress.
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For some time now I have been interested in social media and the potential it had to bring people together. My partner Edward and I have been wanting to find a way to harness that potential and create more good in the world.

We started with an small idea about connecting mission projects, but it has grown to a global vision. We are ready to share with you what we hope will become a revolution in the way people give. We want to create a social media service that will connect people and businesses with charities, churches, mission organizations and nonprofits all over the world. People will be able to give simply, to the cause that touches them most. Here are a few things we plan to offer on our site:

  • Profiles for charities where they list their needs, events and activity, also the ability to receive donations directly
  • Individuals and companies can choose to donate openly or anonymously to any cause and receive updates from the charities they are interested in
  • Volunteers for nonprofits can upload blogs, images and video about their efforts
  • Anyone can search for a place to donate by need, location or association then give based on these results

But the thing we are most excited about is how we plan to use these donations. We want 100% of every dollar to go to a charity or nonprofit who needs it. That’s right, we won’t take a dime. Not for website upkeep, business development or staff. Instead we ask that if you are moved by this project that you donate directly to our project via a special link. This way, pledges and direct contributions will pay our awesome team and business expenses instead of the money you donate to charity.

There are thousands of amazing charities out there who are doing awesome work everyday. We want to help you to be a part of their efforts. In the next week we plan to have a landing page for our project and place for you to donate to our start-up costs. Once we reach our initial fund-raising goals we will begin production on the actual web service. Stay tuned to this blog for the most up-to-date information on our progress.

This is not a hope or a dream, we have faith that the right people are going to help make this website happen. Our seed will blossom into a beautiful chance for anyone to make a difference.

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Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,

not reluctantly or under compulsion,

for God loves a cheerful giver.

II Corinthians 9:7

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