This is clearly not for everyone, but I hope to find someone for whom it is a good fit.
We are looking for one or a few developers to build a Bubble app for our nonprofit pro-bono (that is, unpaid volunteers or interns).
The NY Times called our nonprofit, ChangingThePresent.org, “an Amazon.com of the nonprofit world.” (I hasten to note that that refers to the diversity of charitable gifts in one place, not to our scale or finances! We are an emerging nonprofit with donated office space, and we are staffed 100% by interns, volunteers, and pro-bono consultants.)
We have a huge mission: we seek to channel to other nonprofits and to schools some of the $450 billion Americans spend each year on birthday, wedding, and holiday presents. We do that by making the experience of a donation, given in a friend’s name, feel like a memorable gift and a nice alternative to buying more “stuff.” Here is an overview slideshow.
We are not naïve enough to think that most people will stop buying traditional presents, but even the smallest part of $450 billion could be a lot of new money for nonprofits that work to make a difference.
Our Bubble Project
We will never have enough people in-house to research and contact a million nonprofits and 135k schools. So we want to build an online community service platform, primarily for high school students, 18M of whom are required to do community service (we will just get a thin sliver of that number), and likely also attracting some college students and retirees. The idea is basically a gamified site where they can research and submit contact info for nonprofits and schools, spread the word to those organizations, and see/share reports of their efforts. Sort of like Mechanical Turk-for good.
We were still building an earlier version on Caspio (you will see that the design people had not yet weighed in) and had not even launched, when Caspio started hitting us up with huge fees for excess bandwidth, despite us being on an “unmetered” plan. Small print deep in the FAQ. Grrr.
We discovered Bubble, and some of our interns built some first simple apps that integrate with our main website (huge thanks to @Dan1, @keith, @luke2, and @andrewgassen who generously helped out when we got stuck). Bubble looks promising for the online community service platform.
We hope to find someone (or a small group?) of developers who knows Bubble and would want to take this on pro-bono. We hope that someone will like the combination of tremendous social impact and very high visibility.
If you or someone you know of might be interested, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Thank you very much!