Portland start up company challenges Portland community to raise $5 million for local non profits

image-flowImpactFlow, a newcomer to the Portland startup community, announced today it has officially launched its online platform that accelerates philanthropy and community development by matching community-minded donors with nonprofits. The company celebrated the launch on Tuesday, September 30 at the Ecotrust building where they unveiled a challenge to the citizens and businesses of Portland to join together to generate more funding for local nonprofits providing vital services in the community, including Community Warehouse, Green Empowerment and Girls Inc.

“The work that our nonprofit friends and partners are doing is critical to keeping our communities strong and thriving, and there are thousands of great organizations right here in Oregon that all need our help to succeed in their missions.” said Founder and Co-CEO Tyler Foreman. “Tonight, we are calling on the community of Portland and beyond to join together and help us generate $5 million in NEW funding for the nonprofits in Oregon.”

ImpactFlow seeks to create more engaged communities by making it easier for individuals and companies to get involved with philanthropy and start making a difference immediately. Users and organizations are given the ability to set up a social investment program, and then are matched to nonprofit projects that will meet the desired objectives and outcomes.  The technology automates much of the work previously required by nonprofits to connect with new donors and build their support base.

“We believe that if we can help nonprofits obtain the resources they need to make their projects successful, we can get more of them launched and help create significant positive impact in our communities,” said Foreman.  “Our newly launched platform will help get more community members involved and our Save the City challenge is a call to action for everyone to join together and get engaged in the great work being done by nonprofits all around Oregon.”

The company also announced its own pledge to support nonprofits, with a $5,000 matching grant fund called ImpactBucks.  Every grant and donation made to nonprofits on the ImpactFlow platform during the month of October will be matched with a cash donation by the company, so that every transaction made has an even greater impact.

Many Portland nonprofits have began showcasing their work on the ImpactFlow Marketplace and the company has already identified over $3 million in funding needs in Oregon.  The platform is now open and free for everyone to use.  ImpactFlow hopes that it will attract new donors for nonprofits from members of the community seeking to be more involved, but previously did not know where to start and younger donors who are just starting to get involved with philanthropy.

For more information on ImpactFlow, visit https://impactflow.com

For a recap of the Save the City Launch Event, visit http://blog.impactflow.com/2014/10/01/save-the-city-challenge-kicked-off-in-superhero-style/