Rally is building online fundraising tools in conjunction with an offline community of nonprofit entrepreneurs
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Rally announced the launch of RallyPad, a nonprofit incubator where young organizations can access the resources they need to change the world. Rally, being a startup itself, understands the roadblocks of getting off the ground. The company is committed to helping other social ventures succeed as well.
"While Rally is primarily focused on building online fundraising tools, we have committed from the start to creating offline support for causes as well. After all, technology solutions are only one part of a social venture's needs," said Tom Serres, CEO of Rally.
RallyPad will provide holistic support to thirty RallyPad members, offering assistance in everything from office space to event planning. The concept space will feature all the standard office benefits, plus perks common to well-funded technology incubators, such as free lunch and yoga classes. Members will also participate in a mentorship program featuring experts and advisors from the nonprofit, technology, and business sectors.
As an early-stage software startup, Rally's commitment to RallyPad is unconventional. "Many young technology companies try to keep a laser focus on product development before building a community," said Serres. "We're trying something different here at Rally." By creating a strong network of social entrepreneurs, Rally hopes to learn more about what these innovators need and want.
Rally is announcing RallyPad as its Commitment to Action at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges..
Rally will begin accepting applications for RallyPad's pilot membership year in the fall of 2011. Applicants will be evaluated based on the strength of their social venture idea, their demonstrated commitment to bringing that concept to life, and the diversity they will bring to the RallyPad community.
For more information on participating or sponsoring the RallyPad, please email [email protected].
Rally is a next-generation social fundraising platform that empowers everyone to raise money for the causes they care about. Whether you're an individual activist or an established nonprofit, Rally helps you tell your story, build lasting relationships with supporters, and accept online donations. Rally is completely free to set up and use; with only a low transaction fee on donations. Rally was built by the team that created Piryx – one of the largest online fundraising platforms in the United States. Piryx, Inc. rebranded as Rally in June 2011, after moving to San Francisco bringing on board some of the first investors in Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
For more information about RallyPad, please contact [email protected].
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.
This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.