GiveForward: Fundraising Made Really Easy

May 11, 2010

11:40 pm

Many of you probably remember the movie Pay It Forward, where the premise was to do something good for somebody and that good deed will come back around to you in some fashion.  It is a mantra some firmly live by. Over the last several years we have seen the rise in micro-finance sites, like, where people can ask for small loans and repay them over time.  They have done quite well and people around the world have been able to realize dreams of starting business or a number of other goals because of the generosity of others. Combining these two ideas, GiveForward aims to corner the fundraising market in a very simple, easy, and intuitive way.

With GiveForward, you can create  personal, or even a group, fundraising page that people anywhere can donate to.  It can be for any cause, person, group, or non-profit.  Once the fundraiser is set up, you set a goal and then go at it.  They have sections on their home page with feature fundraisers showing the variety of fundraisers going on.

For instance, the TeamMatt fundraiser for war vet Matt:

Matt, a veteran of the Iraqi war and still serves in the Arizona Air National Guard. You may not know that he recently underwent surgery for prostate cancer. A week after returning to work, Matt was laid off.

Matt went through a lay off a year ago, exhausted his savings, incurred “survival debt”, and depleted most of his retirement. He is still recovering from the cancer surgery and is devastated over the job loss. Our goal is to help Matt and his four children save their home, allow them to spend a summer together without financial stress, and give Matt the gift of time to seek new employment.

The campaign is looking to raise $40,000 to help him out. There are lots of others ranging from helping to battle breast cancer to raise money for Chicago Inner City Outings with the Sierra Club. So if you are in need of hosting a fundraiser, let GiveForward take care of the legwork for you. It’s great for local boys and girls club sports teams, churches, schools, anyone in need of a little help and does not have the means to run a worldwide fundraiser.

GiveForward will be on hand demoing their stuff as a showcased startup at TECH cocktail Chicago 13 on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville.

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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at

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