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A smiling boy next to a shack built after flooding

HopeMob

Seeks to conjure the spirit of flashmobs and apply that to charitable giving.

Project URL: hopemob.org
Project Twitter: @hope

  • Community Engagement
  • Social Exclusion
  • Mobile
  • Social Software

HopeMob is aiming to create the world’s largest community of generous strangers through a platform that crowdfunds compassionate, charitable causes.

The site seeks to conjure the spirit of flashmobs – people coming together in planned but sudden outbursts of dancing – and apply that to charitable giving: to create what it calls “outbursts of relief”.

This is how it works. People searching for support upload their story to the Hopemob site. Once their story is verified by the HopeMob team the cause goes live, with an invitation for people to donate to the cause over the next few days. A cause might be something as simple as a single mother looking for a reliable car or the heart-wrenching tale of a young girl left paralysed by a fall from a zip wire. The most successful cause to date, however, was the $46,000 raised for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.

Donors choose which causes to put their money behind and HopeMob pledges that all of the money donated goes to the cause. HopeMob’s operations are funded by foundations, principally the Forward Foundation, and through raising $125,000 on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

By 2013, the site had 500,000 users, drawn by its pledge to provide greater transparency for a more personalised form of giving. Even if HopeMob is not itself a success, it provides a potent model for how digital technologies can bring people together with new, more direct ways to give.

Image 'War and Flood Survivors' courtesy of Bro. Jeffrey  Pioquinto, SJ

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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