Sparked is a mobile volunteering platform allowing for the crowd-sourcing of volunteer talent in short amounts of time and done online. (Disclaimer: I’ve actually worked with Sparked on two separate occasions – and had an awesome experience.) Jacob Colker presented at the recent 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. While it may sound like a sale – it’s free for nonprofits and sells itself.
Here’s how it’s changing the volunteering experience, dynamic and the power of the process
1. It combats the biggest barrier – 73% of Americans don’t volunteer because of the long process it takes to engage. Engaging virally & mobily, volunteers can log on and lliterally start helping (the whole reason they’re there) in a matter of seconds.
2. It’s global – You can tap the resources of volunteers around the planet in a matter of seconds.
3. It doesn’t compete with offline volunteering – it’s a different dynamic, different audience and different skills
4. It adds a social element – 10-30 people can work together on a project at once
5. With Twitter and Facebook, some organizations broadcast needs and it can de-value their network and voice. Sparked allows people to engage the masses in a truly participatory way where they bring their skills to the table in a whole new way.
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