BeGood.Ness

BeGood.Ness

Alger, Algeria
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

BeGood.Ness is a network platform (web and mobile app) which will help in a more efficient way volunteers, donors and NGOs to find each other and connect in their local communities.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Volunteerism in Algeria is flourishing these last years. We noticed a growing movement especially in activities related to helping people in need (food banks, school supplies distribution…), cleanup campaigns, urban design and many others, leading to a rising number of active volunteers in approximately 2978 local non-profit organizations. The problem identified here is the absence of a platform that connects Volunteers and donors to NGOs. Most of non-profit organizations do their volunteers recruiting through Social Networks and members personal networks. This means there is a problem in reaching out the most likely concerned and interested volunteers by a particular organization. Also, in the volunteers’ side, there is a difficulty in finding the active NGOs in their local communities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

BeGood.Ness is both a web and a mobile application that provides a platform (a social network-like) to connect NGOs and volunteers around the country. The solution we are providing is to centralize information concerning NGOs and their activities, and share them to a community of volunteers and donors. Every subscribed organization will have its own profile updated with their events and activities (volunteering, charity and good practices). Users of the app (potential volunteers) can visit these profiles and join activities and events they are interested in. BeGood.Ness will help in a more efficient way volunteers to find organizations in their local communities using location and notification features. Besides, BeGood.Ness will directly help NGO raise money through a system of crowdfunding. This way, BeGood.Ness will work as an intermediate between organizations and volunteers to support and promote non-profit work.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

BeGood.Ness will gather information about most active local community nonprofit organizations in a database to make it easily accessible by volunteers and donators. Here’s a scenario: You’re an Non-profit organization and the only way to promote your work and recruit volunteers is your facebook page: with BeGood.Ness you can subscribe to the service, create your profile, fill your information such as description, field of intervention, location..etc. You can also update your page with activities you’re organizing (for example your first cleaning campaign of Algiers beaches). All this will be published on the app making it accessible to a large community of volunteers, which will improve your visibility. More than that, BeGood.Ness offers customized services for your NGO depending on your need for accomplishing your non-profit work: Consulting services, suggestion of volunteers, special advertising, and personal assistance. Or you’re a user interested in participating in some volunteerism work but you don’t know where to start since there is no directory which lists active NGOs working in your neighborhood. With BeGood.Ness you can look for organizations by fields of interest, and by location. We also suggest you the NGOs that match the most with the interests you provided in your profile. With your GPS feature, we can notify you of the activities that are organized in your local area. Moreover, BeGood.Ness aims to implement a crowdfunding system, which allows users to make micro donations to NGOs using their cellular account balance or their bank account.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

In a beginning, we want to implement the project in a small scale, which includes the capital and surrounding regions. Our target is divided into two groups: Volunteers and NGOs The voluntary sector in the area we want to work in counts 474 nonprofit organization working in different fields, more than 100 of them are active. In the other side, the second community we work on behalf is all web users or mobile app users who want to participate in volunteer work or to integrate an organization. In the launching step, we will target the student segment: age between 18 and 26, and reach the rest of population by the PULL effect
About You
About You
First Name

Nawel

About Your Organization
Venture Name

BeGood.Ness

Country where this project is creating social impact

, ALG, Alger

Do you work with any social organizations?

No

How did you hear about the competition?

SUSI / UConn

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Idea
Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

My first inspiration came from the SUSI experience. During our 4 weeks in UConn, we had the chance to participate in community service, through that I noticed the importance of an organized volunteerism movement.
While volunteerism is a major cultural phenomenon in the U.S, taking an integral part of their identity; there is a lack of encouragement in Algeria to work together, give time to help those in need and build things in the sense of community. For a matter of fact, it’s difficult to find a list of active NGOs sorted by field of work and location, and most of the time, these organizations don’t even have websites to promote their activities. Many times I met persons who want to contribute with NGOs but they don’t know where to begin the search.
In another side, we noticed a growing movement of voluntary work in Algeria but it is not synchronized. We believe, by making this centralized network, we will improve connection between NGOs and Volunteers in a hand, and between NGOs themselves in the other. This way, the non-profit sector will be improved, more developed and valorized.

Goals
What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

- Developing the mobile and web application and making the basic features 100% functionnal.
-Getting at least 50 active organizations in the area defined (Algiers, Boumerdas, Tizi Ouzou, Blida) to subscribe to the service and fill their profile. This way we can have a nearly complete directory that lists all the available organizations which can be joined by new volunteers.
-Reaching at least 1000 volunteers subscriptions.
-Getting at least 3 big companies to officially support the project

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Understand the need and identify the problem entirely.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

Study the market by sharing surveys for volunteers to fill.

Task 2

Talk to NGOs presidents and managers to identify their needs

Task 3

Based on the results, shape a solution

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Collect information about NGOs that will constitute a launching database.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

Contact NGOs which replied positively to the surveys and convince them to join the project by subscribing

Task 2

Suggest a bonus for early subscribers

Task 3

Make NGOs spread the word in their own network

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Developp the application

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

Shape the final structure and design depending on the study results

Task 2

Code the application and the website

Task 3

Hosting the services and make them functional

Impact
How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

- Mobile and web app offer most important features defined in the model.
- If we get to have 25 organizations subscribed and more than 700 users.
- Our project get supported by big companies in the country.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

- Widen the area of work to the entire country including thousands of organizations
- Making the crowdfunding system functional
- Increase the percentage of participation for each organization by 40%

How will you measure success?

- Number of NGO subscribed
- Number of NGO with profiles updated
- Number of users subscribed and active
- Number of visits by day (web application)
- Percentage of participation in volunteerism activities
- Donations made through the service.
- Users feedback

Sustainability
How will you recruit new members for your venture?

For now, we are 6 students working on the project. Once the project will get bigger, we will process to a recruitment by task (depending on the task we need help with). Candidates will be selected depending on their competences to complete the task, demonstration of their commitment to non-profit work and ability to work in a team.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

Leaders will be chosen based on their commitment to the project, their sense of organization and the time they can dedicate to work. The transfer of leadership will be done in a transition step where founding members will still work as mentors for the new leaders.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

The project sustainability will depend on three things:
-Sponsorship from supporters (big companies, telecom operators, government …)
-Selling micro services for NGOs subscribed (premium features for the app, personal assistance, special advertising..)
-Depending on our own crowdfunding system