Selfless.ly Seeks to be 'Google For Good'
INDIANAPOLIS - A veteran of the Indianapolis tech and philanthropic scenes has launched a new Software as a Community platform designed to connect volunteers, businesses and nonprofits. Josh Driver says he wants Selfless.ly to become "the Google for good." The goal is to simplify the process of finding opportunities for corporations, groups and individuals interested in giving back.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Driver says the technology differs from other philanthropy-focused platforms because of its scope. He says a lot of the current software offerings available to the business community are enterprise-level that target one large company and the nonprofits they associate with. "We kind of want to open the flood gates for all nonprofits and all businesses to be able to sign up and use the technology," he says. "Our goal is really to be able to be this central point for people to use -- as an employer, as a community organizer, as an employee -- to always have an option to choose philanthropy whenever possible." The platforms features include volunteer and donation challenges and games, centralized data reporting and the ability to integrate with programs such as Salesforce, Bloomerang and Brackets for Good.
Driver is the founder of Open for Service, a nonprofit he started in Indianapolis that focuses on "building a worldwide community of diversity-supporting businesses, churches, organizations, employers, and consumers to celebrate inclusiveness regardless of politics." The organization has grown from a local to a global presence.
Selfless.ly is working toward becoming a Certified Benefit Corporation, which would make it the fifth such for-profit business in the state to meet the standards set forth by the nonprofit B Lab concerning social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Selfless.ly's first partnership involves registering volunteers to participate in the upcoming It's My City campaign, an effort to improve the health of Indianapolis over the next three years through a collaboration among the city and multiple nonprofits.
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