Some days the state of the world leaves me feeling helpless and wanting to do more to change the world for the better. But with limited time and money, I’ve often felt like there’s only so much I can do until I was introduced to Spotfund.
With the free Spotfund iOS app, you can easily discover and donate to the stories the world is talking about. Acknowledging that every dollar counts and not everyone has deep pockets, Spotfund you discover or create crowdfunding campaigns on behalf of trusted nonprofits that can be funded by fellow users $1, $2, or $3 at a time. This easy to use app lets you realize that every dollar counts and the power of social networks in spreading the word to create awareness about the causes you care about.
Getting Started with Spotfund
After downloading the app on your iOS device and connecting it to your credit card, it’s easy to get started. Scroll through gorgeous images for current campaigns with a flick of a finger.
Tap on any one of them and you’ll see the story created by a fellow user that contains their images, text, and video supporting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Donating Made Easy Through Spotfund
Donating is easy. Simply drop a token onto a story to make a $1, $2 or $3 tax deductible donation. At the end of your monthly billing cycle, Spotfund provides an itemized receipt of all donations you’ve made that month so you can deduct your donations from your year’s taxes.
Once you’ve made a donation, share it with your social networks. The app automatically allows you to share through platforms like Facebook and Twitter, encouraging your friends to give and helping the cause you’re passionate about go viral.
Campaigns are live for 30 days and the newest ones will always come up first in the app’s social feed.
Creating Spotfund Stories for Causes You Care About
If donating seemed simple, creating your own Spotfund story is just as easy. Simply upload images, write some text, and include a video to have your own Spotfund story live in the social feed in less than five minutes to raise funds for a cause that matters to you through any of the 350+ trusted nonprofits in their system.
With donations capped at $3, the platform is designed for everyone looking to make a difference. It also integrates with major social networks to turn conversations into results by encouraging your friends to be philanthropists too.
Each story in Spotfund has a unique spottag, a title denoted by an asterisk – such as *FlintWaterCrisis – that you can share online or in the physical world as a shortcut to your story. Sharing a spottag is the easiest way to promote your cause and increase your Impact score.
Your Impact score tracks the size of your civic footprint. It increases with each dollar you donate – and with each dollar raised by the stories you’ve created and shared. If you donate $1 to a cause and share it with a friend who donates $3, you’ve earned a total of 4 Impact points.
“Making an impact isn’t about the size of your wallet, it’s about the power of your social network,” says SpotfundCEO and co-founder Sanford Kunkel. “Through micro-donations, we’re opening the idea of philanthropy to people from all walks of life. If you share even a $1 donation to Facebook, you can potentially inspire a critical mass that will lead to real change.”
“Spotfund is changing the perception of what it means to be civic minded,” explains Michael Marian, COO and co-founder of Spotfund. “By giving our users a platform to tell stories that raise funds for causes, we’re helping people draw personal connections to the events shaping their world, whether in their own backyard or across the Pacific.”
In the world of nonprofits, every dollar counts. Charitable organizations that rely on donations accept any amount you can give and the new Spotfund app for iOS lets you help nonprofits raise funds and create awareness for their causes even if you don’t have deep pockets.
To give Spotfund a try, download it from the Apple App Store.
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