connect / 2014
Mobile applications to connect volunteers & supporters to nonprofits
Please describe yourself.
Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)
In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.
We want to rebuild our platform to reduce the time to it takes to get to market and make the apps more affordable for nonprofits.
Does your project impact Los Angeles County?Yes (benefits all of LA County)
Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit?
- Central LA
- East LA
- South LA
- San Gabriel Valley
- San Fernando Valley
- South Bay
What is your idea/project in more detail?
We want to rebuild our platform so that we can cut the time it takes to produce mobile apps down, from months to only days, as well as release web based apps in the same day so that we can make the platform more affordable for nonprofits. By rebuilding our platform we’ll be able to service more organizations in less time, for less money, ultimately connecting more people to volunteer and support opportunities.
What will you do to implement this idea/project?
We’ll rebuild our the core technology that drives our platform to allow organizations to deploy both mobile apps and/or web apps to recruit and manage volunteers, raise money through traditional donations and social fundraising tools, promote their events and recruit items they can ask for via wish lists. 100% of the grant would go toward the cost to produce the new technology by allowing us to hire extra developers.
How will your idea/project help make LA the best place to CONNECT today? In 2050?
Today the web apps will allows the smaller organizations that can’t afford mobile apps the ability to launch and deploy web apps for super low or no cost. For todays larger organizations, they’ll be able to build and deploy mobile apps within days rather than months to help them conect with their supporters. By making the technology less expensive and more accessible for all organizations, we’ll be abel to gather and assess real life data, helping us to architect a better future in 2050 based on real insights to the community.
Whom will your project benefit?
Nonprofit organizations that recruit volunteers, raise donations and host benefit events. Both small and large organizations would be able to utilize the technology.
Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.
We are already working closely with Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA on a beta version of the technology and they’ll continue to support the platform. We’d also love to collaborate with all other local organizations on the build of the platform to suit their operational needs.
How will your project impact the LA2050 “Connect” metrics?
- Rates of volunteerism
- Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support
- Attendance at cultural events
- Participation in neighborhood councils
- Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)
- Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)
- Total number of social media friends (Dream Metric)
- Attendance at public/open street gatherings (Dream Metric)
- Raise more money
Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.
The features of the revamped platform would allow for nonprofits to:
- Recruit and manage/track volunteers
- collect donations
- run peer-to-peer fundraisers
- promote and sell tickets to events
- connect the community to nonprofit programing
- connect the community to nonprofits social media accounts via mobile
Please explain how you will evaluate your project.
Success would be defined by:
of organizations using the platform
- Cashflow stability to be able to continue to support the platform
of individual using the applications
- speed of applications to market
- Amount of funds raised
What two lessons have informed your solution or project?
#1: We deployed a mobile DIY app solution that wasn’t customizable enough #2: We deployed a beta mobile solution with Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA that we’ve been learning from
Explain how implementing your project within the next twelve months is an achievable goal.
We estimate that the platform rebuild would take 2 engineers roughly 400 hours of work which would still allows us to get it to market and deploy to the market.
Please list at least two major barriers/challenges you anticipate. What is your strategy for ensuring a successful implementation?
The major barriers to entry are #1: awareness of the platform existing and the #2 barrier we feel we’ll run into is that people will feel like it might be expensive. We plan to leverage both inbound marketing and direct outreach to educate the public about the availability and the price points. We’ll also leverage case studies as we have the experience to help other organizations understand the potential of direct impact.
What resources does your project need?
- Network/relationship support
- Money (financial capital)
- Volunteers/staff (human capital)
- Publicity/awareness (social capital)
- Community outreach