Bloomington-based startup Civic Champs has raised more than $600,000 in its pre-seed round. The volunteer management platform received funding participation from Elevate Ventures, Flywheel Fund, and Innovation Works, among others.
Civic Champs says it plans to use the funding to secure several main initiatives by the end of the year, including the launch of a self-service version of its main volunteer management platform for smaller nonprofits. Part of the funding will also support Mentoring Works, a new product module that supports mentoring programs for youth ages 16-24.
Civic Champs, which was founded in 2019, is a web-based and mobile platform that automates volunteer management for nonprofit organizations. Other investors include IU Angels and The Richard King Mellon Foundation, as well as angel investors including Bloomerang founder Jay Love.
“Having co-founded and built multiple software companies serving nonprofits, I am excited by Civic Champs, as they have created a top-notch volunteer management solution,” said Love. “Nonprofits really rely on two main resources—donations and volunteers, so creating a platform that greatly expands the capacity of nonprofits through their volunteers has the potential to make a big impact on our communities.”
Civic Champs’ platform is intended to support nonprofit administration by automating processes and eliminating manual data entry and other time-consuming tasks.
“We are excited to invest in Civic Champs as they have a passionate team that is solving a real problem for nonprofits,” said Cy Megnin, Elevate Ventures’ entrepreneur-in-residence. “The company has made great progress in a short period of time and we believe they are well-positioned for continued success.”
Civic Champs has received more than $1 million from the Elevate Ventures since 2019.