Philanthroper Makes Charity Cheap and Easy

January 26, 2011; Source: GOOD | Mark Wilson is a guy who gets it. As a reporter for Gizmodo, Esquire, and others, he is frequently exposed to the cutting edge, which perhaps contributed to his founding of Philanthroper [https://philanthroper.com/], a deal-a-day website that stumps for nonprofits. The principle is quite the same as Groupon, for example, except at Philanthroper, visitors get the chance to give $1 to the day's featured 501(c)(3).

Philanthroper's mission is to "make giving a habit," and to encourage the routine Wilson and company have developed a site that is all about simplicity. You can donate one dollar to one featured nonprofit per day, that's it. The chosen nonprofits are vetted, and they're intentionally small or fledgling organizations that are "in need of every extra dollar they can get," according to Philanthroper's website, which frequently means having a budget of under $1 million.

Donations through the website are secure, and nobody is skimming more than a penny off the top. The company handling Philanthroper's financial transactions, mPayy, offered to take just 1 percent of each donation – 1 cent – compared to PayPal, which would take over 30 cents on every donated dollar.

Besides, after Flux Foundation's experience and the Wikileaks debacle, Philanthroper was wise to forego using PayPal.

In short, Philanthroper demonstrates crowdsourcing as it ought to be – direct, grassroots, and beneficial down to the small-scale. And, did we mention they're accepting applications from nonprofits?—James David Morgan