During our PAA journey we were truly taken aback by how many awesome nonprofit & charitable organizations there are around the US. Everyone knows about the large nationwide ones - but for every Salvation Army, there are a dozen smaller, local ones that are laser-focused on their unique missions just like the big boys. However, one stark difference between the two became clear as day to us: the smaller organizations simply don't have the resources they need to optimally succeed.
This fact provided us with all the inspiration we needed. We thought, with all this technology in the world that making life easier for so many industries & daily processes, why not create a solution that did the same for the benefit of society? The result (though it's still early) is the Advomate app. The grand-scheme goal of the app is to make "people helping people" easier, more efficient, and more rewarding than ever.
In addition to the financial & manpower constraints that charitable organizations face, as users and hopeful volunteers, helping out isn't all that easy. Finding initiatives that mean the most to us is inherently difficult; and once we do, it generally takes FOREVER to get connected with them and begin helping out. This is a problem we ran into numerous times on our journey.
On top of this lack of exposure, many of us also lack motivation when it comes to volunteering. Sure, most of us help out out of the goodness of our hearts - but sometimes, that little extra reward can go a long way. Think of it like this: the unquestioned goal for a charitable organization is to execute their given mission - and for the sake of the individuals who need help, whatever needs to be done within an ethical & feasible framework to give that help should be explored.
Advomate attempts to solve all of these pain points on both the organization's and individual's side through a peer-to-peer network of charitable initiatives and volunteers. Furthermore, the app will be set up to reward individuals for their participation through a points-based system - which they can in turn redeem for discounts & items from local merchants. This way, NPOs get the exposure and resources they need, individuals get better access to initiatives AND a nice bonus for participating, and local small businesses also gain added exposure and association with great causes.
We've got a host of additional features in the works as well to make this entire process even more user-friendly, and achieve our ultimate mission. We'll explore these in greater detail and show you some screenshots of our progress during our next blog post!