From left are Gina Montana, Business Development Board executive assistant and Executive Director Tim Dougher, Indian River State College Provost Beth Gaskin, OrgHunter.com Chief Executive Officer Chris Annase, Business Development Board Development & Finance Manager Jill Marasa and IRSC Corporate & Community Training Institute Coordinator Bob O’Brien.
PALM CITY – A new business started in town has begun connecting charities and donors around the world. OrgHunter, which has offices in the Sands Commerce Center, supports all charities and nonprofits in the United States by connecting them with donors looking to support specific charities or causes.
Earlier this month, OrgHunter was one of two Martin County businesses to receive a $5,000 grant from the county through the Business Accelerator Program, which is sponsored by the Business Development Board and Indian River State College to assist, support and train existing businesses in Martin County.
The Business Accelerator Program was established to have further economic development, job creation, business sustainability, human development and improve Martin County’s quality of life. The other business to receive a Business Accelerator grant this year was Castronovo’s Chocolates in Stuart.
Those grants followed quickly on the heels of OrgHunter and Castronovo’s being presented the Martin County’s 2015 Small Business Award for entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to Martin County’s economy.
OrgHunter (www.OrgHunter.com) provides a rich database of information on more than 2.1 million charities, including each nonprofit’s tax deductibility status according to the IRS.
“This charity research tool is especially useful for vetting and donating during this gift-giving holiday season,” said OrgHunter CEO Chris Annase, who draws on more than 20 years’ experience in the technology and nonprofit fields.
OrgHunter's application program interface (API) is making it easy for charities and nonprofits to take advantage of all the benefits of new technology and the big social changes that come with them. Powerful and popular tools and trends like social media, crowdfunding and the mobile lifestyle can now be used by even the smallest charity or 3rd-party developer to greatly accelerate the fundraising process. “OrgHunter is dedicated to finding innovative ways to help donors discover, volunteer, donate and engage in charity like never before,” Annase said. “Our goal is to set the standard for providing donors the ability to search for appropriate charities using innovative techniques such as Charity Attributes.”
Conventional charity online search tools greatly lack in their ability to present donors with a wide range of charities that may match their interests. “Charity Attributes goes far beyond that by providing potential donors with a comprehensive list of attributes to help identify charities that fit a donor’s goals or philosophy,” Annase said.
OrgHunter also maintains geolocation information on 2.1 million charities in the United States, so donors can support a nonprofit in a particular area of the world or in their own backyard.
Annase said he has more partnerships in the works, with one that is gaining national attention called AskAFamous.com. That app allows people to ask a celebrity a question after they make a donation to the celebrity’s designated charity.
“This is a very innovative way for new donors to engage in philanthropy who otherwise might not get involved,” Annase said. “It also allows celebrities to support a cause that's near and dear to them. It's absolutely brilliant, celebrities sign in with Twitter and begin raising money for their cause within minutes.”
OrgHunter plans to release a number of new partnerships and technologies in the near future that are dedicated to generating desperately needed donor dollars to charities throughout the United States.