Patrick O’Neill is completely changing the game in crowdfunding. By seeking to crowdsource goods rather money–with the ease of giving cash–Amp Your Good seeks to help nonprofits have more successful drives for goods like food, blankets and building materials.
Patrick explains, “Each year people donate somewhere between $50B to $100B worth of goods to various kinds of physical collection charity drives (food drives, blanket drives, etc.). More than 33% of donated goods are never used by the non-profit organization that receives them. That’s a lot of wasted good intentions.”
In contrast, Patrick says, “100% of the goods raised through our platform are used by the non-profit that receives them.”
Patrick describes the difference this way, “Our platform eliminates some of the challenges faced by physical drives. We remove time and distance as barriers to participate which increases the amount of donations. We make donating goods as easy as donating money and enable people to better understand the impact of their donation more clearly than a monetary donation.”
“We’re super motivated to change food drives. Our vision is to turn the billions of canned goods donated to food drives each year into billions of apples, oranges, sweet potatoes and other healthy food items,” Patrick says.
On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:00 Eastern, Patrick will join me for a live discussion about his innovative approach to crowdfunding. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about Amp Your Good:
Amp Your Good has a platform that brings crowd-funding to goods based giving. Our platform hosts charity drives that are designed to raise goods rather than money. When people want to support a drive on our platform, rather than donating money, they purchase the item(s) at our site through a standard e-commerce transaction to make a donation to the drive. We deliver all of the donated items to the non-profit organization once the drive is over. We currently are able to host food drives, building material drives and drives to support animal shelters.
Patrick O’Neill is the Founder and CEO of Amp Your Good. After graduating from West Point and serving on active duty in the US Army, he began a private sector career centered upon real estate, energy, technology and social enterprise. He has founded, co-founded and led several companies and has served on the board of for profit, not for profit, public and private companies. He is married and has four children. He enjoys skiing, science fiction, youth sports and cooking.