Organization Mission: What problem is your organization committed to solving? In particular, describe what is innovative about your approach.
We found that there are a great number of high-impact social enterprises that find it a hard time to scale up their operations due to their limited budget to hire professionals that could help streamline their operations e.g. a micro-finance cooperative relies on oral communication to explain its SOP to its employees.
While there are a great number of volunteers who want to do good and contribute back to the society however didn't find the time to volunteer due to the lack of time flexibility in volunteering.
Therefore, we want to create a platform that connects both parties together.
Impact: What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Network for Social Impact had the privilege of working with 12 social organization in the past year across the vast Indonesian archipelago: from West Sumatera, Riau and Riau islands, Jambi, West Kalimantan, South East Sulawesi, Java island and Bali. With them, we curated 24 collaboration projects, born out of real needs in the communities. The 15 matched and completed projects (62.5%) in 2013 are making differences in the lives of over 10,000 children living in tropical jungle and remote villages, 100,000 farmers, 2,500 middle to low income women, 650 people living with Lupus and their families.
Impact: What is your projected impact after receiving consulting support from American Express?
We projected a 30 matched and completed projects in a year - this will mainly come from the increase in our volunteers' database and increase volunteers' participation in projects.
Sustainability: Do you currently have the financial and human resources to implement new strategies or recommendations offered through this partnership, or would implementation be dependent on receiving additional funding? Please describe.
The founders would be willing to invest additional equity up to S$4,000 for working capital requirements to achieve the desired outcomes.