As a program director for a nonprofit, I come across this case constantly: we always need volunteers, but making sure their time and efforts are used most effectively is always a challenge. There’s so much to do, and not always a lot of organization in place, so people tend to go where they are needed, but it’s not necessarily the best match for their skills or even what the organization is lacking.
I envision a new kind of donation/volunteer two-sided marketplace. People indicate how they’d like to give (time, money, other), their skills, their availability, their interests, and their location, and nonprofits indicate what they’d like to receive (time, money, other), what skills they are looking for, when they need them, and their location. People are then matched to the nonprofit service that is the best fit for both parties, and the platform facilitates the location, events, and times that make the most amount of sense.
Not only do I think this could increase meaningful and helpful volunteers and donations, but I think this could also free up nonprofit staff to focus more on strategic and business planning and less on coordinating volunteers and donations.
Is this something you’d be interested in participating? If you’re part of the nonprofit world, is this something you feel is needed?