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Reply To: HiWith the help of 4 Volunteers, I am looking to set up a new website which acts like a virtual warehouse where registered charities can find and post  required pre-loved quality goods for the vulnerable people they service and the NZ public can post the goods they have to donate. The best way to understand how it works is to look at givit.org.au, which was set up 10 or so years ago and has been really successful across Australia. I have a zoom meeting with the founder this week to learn from her success at set up and over the last few years. Mine is called KiwiKindness and is purely not-for-profit. It is essentially a collaborative tool to support charities reach a wider audience and be more targeted about the goods they receive and to assist NZers easily find the charities/community groups to donate their quality pre-loved (or new) goods to.My question is around funding and where to start. I am obtaining a quote for design and development and ongoing maintenance of the website. Initial conversations indicate circa $8K.  Resourcing will be myself and Volunteers, non paid (as long as it remains manageable!). We will need funding/sponsorship for the website development and ongoing maintenance. We may also need sponsorship for assisting to transport larger items from the donor to the charity from time to time. Otherwise it is up to the charity and the donor to work out whether the item/s are dropped off, picked up or posted.I am trying to avoid becoming a charitable trust in the initial stages to keep it simple. The business model/structure may change as demand grows. I have a draft business plan if you are interested.Any help/advice is much appreciated. Many thanks Meg 

Hi meg, are you still looking at setting up this site?

I’m working on a similar solution that scales the customers request not the service that businesses are performing for them. That way any service from anywhere in the world can participate in the request and help to manage/resolve it.

https://eleutherios.org.nz

Cheers
Rob