Check it out! betterplace.org in 120 seconds.
Imagine there was a great project and nobody knew about it! That would hardly ever happen on betterplace.org. Here you’ll find thousands of projects from all over the world and for a very broad range of causes. Because we are an open platform, so anybody who wants to pursue a social goal can pitch their project. That’s what the “Long Tail of Charity” is all about: all those with no budget for publicity have the chance to escape anonymity and show their work to the world. No matter whether that’s the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra or a solar cooperative in Honduras
Before you engage with betterplace.org you can see clearly and transparently what is planned for your donation. And donating you’ll stay up-to-date about the difference that project is making through blog-posts, photos and videos from the ground. In other words: up until now donation was often a one-way street; now with betterplace.org it’s a roundabout.
Dialogue rather than monologue: Through betterplace.org you can communicate at any time with the people involved in a project. You can ask questions, help out with know-how, or discuss and criticise future plans. Hence engagement shapes development. And no matter whether you’ve worked abroad on a project yourself and have now returned, or if you’ve just donated online from the comfort of your own home – with betterplace.org you’ll feel as if you were (still) there on the ground.
Nowadays everybody has their own critieria for what constitutes a good social project. One person will support a small local initiative in Kenya because a friend of hers who travelled there recommended it. Another will donate to one of the big German charities because he sees them as having produced solid results for decades. Still others only trust a special fundraising certificate or Ashoka, the biggest organisation of social enterprises. At betterplace.org all of these different people and preferences are catered for due to our “Web of Trust” which keeps tabs on every project.
We pass on 100 percent of your donation. And because betterplace.org is free of charge, a project can frequently generate funding more efficiently through us than through any other fundraising channel. But you get even more from us. If, for example, you have donated to more than one project, you get one receipt rather than several different ones. And what’s more, we’re always on hand with technical innovations, tips, tricks and advice – on the platform itself, by email, phone, or here in the Berlin office (fancy a coffee?). Anyway, you can read here how we finance ourselves as a not-for-profit world-improvement enterprise without holding onto any of your donation to a project.
Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, Secretary of State in the BMZ: German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: “... I would be delighted if you would accept my invitation to become a member of the BMZ’s innovation council ...” (invitation accepted!)
Der Spiegel, Germany’s leading news magazine “Web 2.0 is revolutionizing how we donate .... The most professional outfit comes from the creative team at betterplace.org”
the world’s biggest organisation for social businesses: “betterplace.org is a brand new kind of online philanthropy marketplace, which revolutionizes the relationship between donor and recipient.”
“The global aid system we’ve had up until now needs renewing. It needs to be transparent, participative and direct. Like www.betterplace.org.”
“I want to know exactly what I’m supporting. At betterplace.org that’s possible: anyone can see what impact the donations are having on the ground – it doesn’t get any more transparent than this!”