New options for the volunteer programs

The betterplace.org offer for volunteering has changed. In order to improve our quality, only current and active volunteering offers are now online.

 What changes?

 Explicit dates

While setting up a project for volunteering you can now choose between three different possibilities:

– “any time / by arrangement
– “regularly / long-term
– “at a certain time / at a certain period of time

The last point allows you to look for a volunteer at a certain date or time. You’re organising a summer fair and need a motivated supporter for this day? A volunteer search with a precise date will be deactivated when the date has elapsed. But don’t worry: You will be informed via email and you can immediately edit, update and activate your page.

 From now on volunteer projoects have a duration of six months

The search for permanent volunteer changes, too: After six months, we will ask you via email if the searches are still up to date. In that case you can easily decide with one click if you want to maintain, update or deactivate your search. Maybe you already have found a volunteer with betterplace.org.

 New activities for volunteers

More and more organisations are looking for volunteers on betterplace.org apart from the Mainstream offers. That’s why we enlarged our list of criteria. Programing Homepages, editing pictures or updating the Facebook channel are just a few examples of tasks. Therfore you can now specificly indicate that the volunteer offer is about “PR/Social Media“ or “programing“.

For any questions or feedback, please contact Leonie projects@betterplace.org

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Written by on 20.08.2014. Last updated on 20.08.2014.

Always up-to-date – your news are now even more appealing


nedaAt betterplace.org we rely on transparency and accountability! This does not only mean that projects ask for financial support for particular needs but also that the project manager should be accountable for the allocation of the received donations.

⌲ What has been achieved thanks to the donated money? What differences have been made? What problems need to be tackled? Are there any further news?

Information regarding those questions should be communicated continuously to the donor by the project manager. This is why every project has its own news section where current information can be shared and followed. This area has been revised recently to add new features. Project managers can now design more attractive news entries that include photos, videos or buttons.

Moreover, project managers now have the option to send important news as a newsletter to all donors. This important deature is meant to help them maintain a closer relationship to their supporters. Through this channel project managers can thank donors for their support, involve them in the progress of the project through continuous updates and ask them for further support and participation. It is important to note that there won’t be any automatic emails informing donors about recent news entries anymore.

Writing an appealing newsletter is not difficult. Project managers will find useful advise regarding the best ways to communicate with donors here:

write an exciting news entry
 publish your news on your project page
 send a newsletter to your donors

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Written by on 8.08.2013. Last updated on 8.08.2013.

Inform your donors – now it’s even easier

Are there any news regarding your project? How is your work progressing? All this can be published in the news section on your project page on betterplace.org. At the moment we are changing the current notification system to add new features. This is important to guarantee that your donors will have an even easier access to recent project information which is important to increase their loyalty.

Our developers have divided this transformation process in three phases:

1. New notification system:

Donors have now the chance to decide which supported project they want to receive information from. Starting June 1st 2013 this applies to donors that have decided to donate anonymously as well.
Status: completed

2. New notification mails:

Up until now, donors just receive an email with a notification that a new blog post was published on the supported project page. Instead of that they will now receive the complete blog post as an email to read it right away. There will be a new design for these emails that will reach a wider audience (as explained in phase 1)
Status: completed

3. New design and improved notification mails:

You will be able to design your post in the news section more extensively: integrate photos and videos, format the text and insert buttons. This will help to address your donors more effectively and to integrate a call to action. At the same time, you can decide which posts should be sent to your donors via email and which shouldn’t.
Status: week number 30

All these new features will be explained in detail in a separate newsletter. If you have any questions about the new notification system just sent us an email: projects@betterplace.org

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Written by on 4.05.2013. Last updated on 5.07.2013.

About donors and project managers

When you check the about betterplace.org page you will find one of our key ideas: „On our platform people who want to help meet people, who are in need of support.“

We believe that betterplace.org is a great opportunity for project managers, especially from small projects around the world, to introduce their idea to make the world a better place to the community. We even encourage project managers over and over again to spread the word about their projects. By now we have about 4.000 projects listed on betterplace.org, so if you don’t raise your voice, nobody will ever find your project or donate for your cause.

We also believe that betterplace.org makes it easier for donors to find a project they want to support. Some people register to browse projects to find the one that looks just right to them. Some people sign up only because they want to support one specific project that they know from before.

Lately there has been several donors contacting me because they were receiving messages from project managers asking for financial support. This causes mixed feelings for the donors: On the one hand they want to help, on the other hand they most likely have given something already. Sometimes one donor gets several messages, all asking for financial support – it is simply not possible to support all of them. Often this resulted in so much frustration that users decided to leave betterplace.org.

So, this is my call to you, the donors: Please don’t get mad when a project manager wants to introduce you to a project. The decision, whether you want to support the project or not, ist totally up to you. Nobody wants to push you to do anything. If you have the impression that one project manager is really spamming you with messages, report him/her.

And this is my call to the project managers: Please try to keep it to a minimum with messages to people you don’t know. Contacting people you have some sort of a relationship to is much more fruitful. Is there any family member, a collegue or a friend out there that does not know about your betterplace.org-page yet? Besides asking them for financial support, you can also ask them to help you to reach out to more people by forwarding your message to their friends.

What is your opinion about it? Have you ever been contacted by a project manager in need of financial support? Are you a project manager who wants to share his point of view about it?
Let’s discuss in the comments below, and feel free to send tweets to @betterplace_org to join the conversation!

 

 

Written by on 11.06.2012. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

We present: The web of trust

On the betterlace.org project pages you can read the following text concerning their trustworthiness: „We suggest that you support projects, when you know the carrier organisation or the project responsible, or if a trustworthy person recommended the project to you – or if the web of trust convinced you of the project’s trustworthiness.“ Now, what is the exact meaning of „web of trust“?

The Web of trust is meant to give the page visitor an overview over the project and gives an answer to the following questions: shall I trust the project? Shall I donate to the project? We from betterplace.org think that beside the important role of the project carrier and the project-carrying organisation, notably the people who already donated are warrantors for the trustworthiness of the project. Therefore we created a new tab called „donors and opinions“ on the new project pages.

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There you will find all the people, which already donated to the project. Next to their entry, a little Euro icon is shown. You will also find the positive or negative opinions of persons who expressed themselves about the project. Next to their name you will find the correspondent thumbs up or thumbs down icon. Finally on this page there are also the comments of users, which have been „on site“. Next to their report there is an icon with the words „on-site“. Out of this three group of people – donors, opinion givers and on-site visitors – interested parties can get a broader impression of the project. To filter the entries, simply click ‘Show on site-reports and opinions only’. Then you will see on the first look all the different opinions of people, which have been on-site, or just opinions of those who gave their general opinion about a project.

In addition to the described elements and the project description itself, the tab „News“ is also an inherent part of the web of trust. There, the project carrier reports on all the current events around the project and also about how the donations are actually used.

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And sometimes a picture can tell more than a thousand words and thus the project pictures can reveal a lot about the evolution of the project. When scrolling over the project photo with the mouse, there will be a little reference about the amount of other photos in the gallery. The gallery itself is to be opened by a simple click on the main project photo.

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All this elements are part of the web of trust indicator on betterplace.org. Some organisations, which present a project on betterplace.org, extend this trust network, by putting some further information about themselves on their project pages. Like external distinctions, official seals or via a positive celebrity statements. Finally, it  remains your own decision to figure out what you see as the most important factor inside the web of trust. We from betterplace.org can only give you a lot of different ways to inform yourself the best you can.

If now you feel like checking out a few projects, than have a look on our PROJECT OVERVIEW or find interesting projects on our MAP VIEW. If you log in to betterplace.org via Facebook, you will also be able to see who of your friends is part of the web of trust of a project. How this is working exactly, is explained here.

Written by on 16.12.2011. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

That’s how the administration of the new project pages works

The new project pages are not only giving a lot of new features to the page visitors, the administration of the project pages will change too. Everything that the project manger needs to know is resumed in this blog post. First of all: nearly all the administrative functions can be accessed directly from the new tab „administration“.

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Under Project you can edit your project, write new blog posts (that will appear under „news“), manage your photos (for example to set up the second profile picture as we explained in this blogpost), edit your organisation and delete your project (as long as there has been no donation to it). Caution: transitionally, when clicking on the different administration tools, you will be directed to the old administration pages. However, all changes will be shown immediately on your new project pages. The old administration pages will be adapted during the next weeks.

Under Donations, you can forward your project donations towards your different needs, as well as ask for the payout of your collected donations. The respectively available sum will be indicated.

Under Needs you will be able to add new needs to your project at any time.

In the future, we will put more functions in the administration tab – please be patient.

The administration of the different needs will be in the right side bar:

Bildschirmfoto 2011-11-29 um 10.57.25There you can translate your need descriptions (if you are maintaining a bilingual project) and indicate when you raised money from elsewhere. As long as there has been no donation on the need, you can also edit or delete it. From the moment a first donation has been done, editing will not be possible anymore.

If you have further questions regarding the new project pages or its administration, you can contact our support team at any time. Just send an e-mail to projects@betterplace.org

Written by on 30.11.2011. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

betterplace.org presents: donors and opinions

The biggest innovation on our new project pages is the new tab „ Donors and Opinions“. Here you can find the list of all the donors as well as the opinions (former „advocates“) and the posts of the „on site visitors“. Fitting to the politic of transparency proper to betterplace.org, critical opinions and critical „on site“ report will be allowed. The little thumbs showing up and down and the little numbers just beside them, give a quick overview about the exact number of positive or critical opinions. Every donor counts as a positive opinion, because we think a donation is (almost) the strongest way to argue for a project.

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Directly on this site, there will be again the possibility to ask directly a question to the project manager, or to just tell an opinion. Furthermore „on site visit reports” can be related and donations can be done directly to the project. To give an opinion or to write an „on site visit report” will be possible only for registered users of betterplace.org, but anonymous donating will remain possible.

When clicking on the „on site visit report“, we are furthermore asking questions about the relation towards the project, as well as details about the source and the exact dates of the visit. Doing this, we hope that each visitor can make himself a broad opinion about the worthiness  of the “on site visit report”.

Written by on 30.11.2011. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

betterplace.org presents: the project news

The second tab on the new project pages is the „News“ tab. The little number behind it indicates on the first sight how many news have already been written.

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The news are written by the project responsible and give information about the actual status of the project. There are replacing the old „project blog“ that we had on the former project pages. Of course all the posts can be commented at any time.

Likewise, the blog posts concerning the out-payements and the forwarding of the donations will appear under the new tab „News“. So, every single donor can trace his donations and see transparently how the project manager is using them.

The right side bar from the „project overview“ will still appear when opening this tab. Like this, a donation to the project or to a single need will be possible at anytime.

Written by on 30.11.2011. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

betterplace.org presents: the new project overview

As mentioned in our blogpost yesterday, the project profile pages on betterplace.org will have a makeover this week. The project overview is the core element of these new pages. Since are some major changes in comparison to the previous project pages, we will now explain all the new points one by one.

Bildschirmfoto 2011-11-28 um 13.30.181. Project name: on top of the project page the project name still appears. Beneath that, the project manager and (if existing) the correspondent organisation are linked.

2. Project photo: the project photo is now much bigger than on the old project pages. When scrolling over it with the mouse, information about the other photos will show up. With a simple click on „show more pictures” a photo gallery with all the project photos will pop up. You will find more information about this here.

3. Geographical location: from now on the place where the project is situated will be shown on a bigger map. Inside the map there will also be a second project photo.

4. Progress bar: also the project bar, which is giving information about the current amount of financing of the project, was enhanced and placed in a more central position.

5. Project statistic: from now on, in addition to the progress bar, there will be project statistics, showing at first view how many people already donated to the project and the exact amount that is missing for full financing.

6. Project donation: with this donation button, the project page visitors can donate directly to the project. The project manager can then decide himself to which of his needs he wants to distribute to the donations. For more details about the different ways of donating on betterplace.org, please have a look at this blogpost.

7. Project description: this is the box for the project description. With a click on „read more“ the full project description will open. To close it, just click on „show less“. At the end of the project description there is the new field „more information“, which covers a links to the page news of the project, information concerning the registration date and gives some more information.

8. Project carrier: if the project was registrated under the patronage of an organisation, the organisation logo will appear at this place. A click on the logo leads directly to the organisations page on betterplace.org.

9. Donors: here the five most recent registrated donors on betterplace.org with an own user picture will be shown.

10. Information about the project: here, with a simple click donors and interested parties can get an answer on their questions, like the tax deductibility of their donations (only if the organization is a tax deductible in Germany) and the trustworthiness of the project. We are also indicating, that we are forwarding 100% of the money to the project manager (or carrier organisation).

11. Questions to the project manager: to guarantee a maximum of transparency, project page visitors can ask public questions. The question can be displayed in full by clicking on it. Then, if the project manager did already answer, the response will appear as well. With a click on ‘ask question’, a new question can be asked.

12. Needs: of course you can still donate to concrete needs of the project. The list of these needs is in the right side bar. A click on „see details“ will open more information about the single needs.

13. Completed needs: here you can find the full list of completed needs of the project.

14. Help to spread the project: at the end of the project page there will be 5 different ways of spreading the project: via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or by embedding a widget on an external website.

Written by on 29.11.2011. Last updated on 15.10.2012.