www.VolunteerAlliance.org was launched in November of 2011. Built by volunteers to promote unique service trips, our website is a free resource that connects volunteers directly with hundreds of international community based organizations.
Just like our website, our team has grown organically. We are all keen international volunteers that met (often randomly - like a Christmas dinner at a hostel) and came together to build an awesomely innovative organization!
Volunteer Alliance’s growth has been exponential - our site has over 2,500 volunteer members and over 150 organizations.
As our website grows, there are some important changes that need to made to accommodate our new users and improve the user experience. We want to make volunteering accessible and transparent for everyone!
We have never asked for anything, and with our revenue models that kick in when our volunteer members reach 10,000, we may not have to again, so this is your first and last chance to help us build the first ever sustainable volunteer platform!
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
If you have used our website to connect with an organization, you know that by connecting directly with an organization you can save up to $700 per week! You also know that Volunteer Alliance is the only way to carefully select an organization that is unique to your interests and skill-set!
Volunteer Alliance offers so much value. And does it all for free.
Every week our volunteers send 10 new volunteering requests to organizations that they have selected!
That is 10 life changing volunteering experiences and 20 extra hands supporting a community based organization!
We are asking our volunteer network to help us raise $10,000 so that we can continue to provide this amazing service to you and to the hundreds of new volunteers that join us every day.
Lets look at it this way (and before we start I want to tell you that these are all real numbers):
$20 = 1 new volunteer member
$100 = Volunteer member requests to volunteer at a community based organization. By connecting directly this volunteer saves up to $700 per week, increasing the total number of volunteers able to go abroad and volunteer.
If a volunteer saves an average of $700 per week, that means that the donor return on investment (bang for buck) is equal to 1:7!
Now think about a volunteer who stays for 1 week! Or think about how many more volunteers can go to that organization if they don't have to pay an extra $700+ to volunteer. We have helped hundreds of people that couldn't otherwise have afforded to volunteer otherwise.
So you see, $20 goes a long way to supporting international volunteering!
WHERE DOES IT GO?
In keeping with our core value of transparency, we want you to know exactly where your money will be spent.
Over the next six months we will be making changes to the website to increase our user-base to 10,000 volunteer members! In order to do so, we must first improve:
- Search engine visibility - to help more people find our website
- Search functionality - to help you find the 'right' volunteer opportunity
- Volunteering requests - so you can communicate effectively with an organization when you place a request
- Website hosting and site speed - so that the site is accessible, day and night, and you don't have to wait for what you want
If you have any more questions you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!!