Have you heard about Canada’s first online microvolunteering community: koodonation.com. Today Koodo is supporting a social change movement that is redefining volunteering across Canada. An entirely not-for-profit, grassroots community, supported and powered by Koodo, koodonation.com allows consumers and Canadian charities to work together where a huge percentage of Canadians spend their time – online — with the concept of microvolunteering.
Microvolunteering is volunteerism built for the social media generation. It gives us web savvy Canadians the opportunity to make a huge contribution to Canadian not-for-profit and charity organizations, right from our computers, in 15 minutes or less. With microvolunteering, volunteering becomes a purely online-activity which can be done any time the volunteer has a spare moment: before work; during a study break; or simply on a free evening at home.
Small online acts of charity add up to big social change
Microvolunteering tasks are designed to take a short period of time, typically 15 minutes to two hours, but help not-for-profit organizations to very quickly and easily crowd-source solutions through a range of high-impact challenges and questions such as disaster or emergency relief, fundraising ideas, social media strategy, copywriting, graphic design, and much more.
Koodonation has already been embraced by some of Canada’s most respected charity and not-for-profit organizations including; Canadian Feed the Children; Kids Help Phone; Sustainable Waterloo; Canadian Animal Assistance Team; and Students Offering Support — and more are joining every day.
Koodonation has also been embraced by some of Canada’s best sports and entertainment personalities including MTV Live Co-Host Sheena Snively, Jeremy Taggart of the iconic Canadian rock back Our Lady Peace, Daniel Johnson, member of the break-out Canadian band Stereos, Toronto Argonaut Mike Bradwell, and one of Canada’s top social media personalities, blogger Casie Stewart. In the true spirit of this campaign, each of these personalities is volunteering their time at a charity competition between Ontario colleges and universities, which will launch Koodonation in Toronto toay Thursday, October 13, 2011. This event happens at Yonge/Dundas Square from 11-3. As a thank you for their support, Koodonation.com is making a $20,000 contribution to a charity of their choice. When I soke to Casie recently she was having a hard time choosing who she was going to gift.
Koodonation is powered by Sparked.com, San Francisco-based pioneers of microvolunteering. Operating similar microvolunteering communities in the U.S., Sparked.com and the microvolunteering concept have been celebrated by the TED community . You can watch this great TED talk all about volunteering.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Koodo to launch Canada’s first-ever microvolunteering network,” says Ben Rigby, CEO of Sparked.com. “Backed by Koodo’s unparalleled knowledge of the Canadian market, koodonation.com will transform the not-for-profit landscape in Canada by leveraging the skills, expertise, and know-how of Canadian citizens.”
Nearly 90 per cent of Canadians aged 15 to 34 use the internet*
51 per cent of Canadian 18-34 year olds volunteer or fundraise for charities
47 per cent of Canadian 18 -34 year olds volunteer at least once per month
More than 64 per cent of Canadian 18-34 year olds prefer to support causes within their community and Canada
*Internet usage statistic courtesy of Library of Parliament, all others courtesy of Koodo Mobile
Think. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it makes a difference.
Do you have 15 minutes to spare for a good cause? If yes check out Koodonation.