Rally.org, a social fundraising startup that even partially raised its Series A round through its own platform, is putting together a charity campaign on behalf of San Francisco’s Glide Church that awards time with Silicon Valley super-angels like Ron Conway, Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss.
Glide, a San Francisco institution that’s one of the city’s best-known churches, is launching online campaign that will give 10 people the chance to meet with Floodgate’s Mike Maples, Google Ventures’ Kevin Rose, Eric Ries, Four-Hour Work Week author Tim Ferriss, and Relay Ventures partner John Occhipinti.
The grand prize is an invitation to watch a San Francisco Giants game with Ron Conway in the SV Angels’ suite, a lunch with an investor of their choice, and roundtrip airfare to the Bay Area.
The Tenderloin-based church provides hundreds of thousands of meals every year to the homeless, along with running dozens of social programs that provide child care for the needy. On top of that, its gospel choir is one of the best-known and best-loved in the city. So far, the Glide campaign has picked up 312 supporters and has a goal of raising $15,000.
Rally.org’s co-founder and CEO Tom Serres came up with the idea for the company out of his work on political campaigns. He noticed inefficiencies in the fundraising process and thought that it could be managed better.
Out of that, came Piryx (which was Rally.org’s original name). The platform lets non-profits and other organizations create simple fundraising pages that can collect funds from any eCheck services or any of the major credit card networks. Rally takes 4.5 percent of every donation to cover costs, and there aren’t any additional monthly fees or costs.
Rally raised a $7.9 million round this past summer, with participation from (you guessed it) many of the investors who are part of this campaign’s prizes. Relay Ventures, Mike Maples of Floodgate Fund, Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners, Kevin Rose of Google Ventures, Craig Shapiro of Collaborative Fund, Bebo co-founder Michael Birch, Tim Ferriss, Eric Ries, Josh Spear and Scott Belsky all participated.
The company says it has more than 21,000 rallies or causes on its platform right now with more than 3 million users, who are either donors, fan-fundraisers, or supporters of a rally.
Rally.org is an easy to use storytelling platform that’s designed to empower technical and non-technical users to fundraise and build social awareness on a large scale. To date, Rally has enabled over 25,000 individuals and organizations to share and broadcast their passions, provide solutions to problems, leverage social networks, and mobilize communities. Rally.org’s 4.5 million users vary in size and scope and address a wide range of topics. The site has been used by everyone from political candidates for...