Looking for talent, expertise for projects at your non-profit? Or are you someone who would love to help a good cause, but don’t have the time for it?
A Chennai based startup, Doing Good Fellows has developed just the platform to rein in talent, without having to work for a non-profit full time.
Started by Sajid Shariff, Revathy Muralidharan and Palak Dalal in 2012, Doing Good Fellows (DGF) allows NGOs to gather talent from a pool of professionals, and their networks. The best part? The professionals can bid on projects they would like to pitch in for, and all services can be provided remotely.
“I was working on a project at Stanford when I came across the idea. I found that India had enough and more people who want to do good, but not during their busy schedules. So why not use all their expertise and networks in helping people who want to do good (non profits, social entrepreneurs) solve their toughest challenges?” says Sajid, co-founder, Doing Good Fellows.
DGF & Not For Profits
DGF allows NGOs and other non-profits to get free access to the talent aboard its platform.
NGOs post the project on which they need expertise
Pick from the causes they will be supporting
Decide whether they will be posting skill based projects or require a introduction through various networks
Pick from fellows when they bid for the project
DGF & Fellows
Listing as a fellow is free to all users. Fellows can volunteer on the ground, or provide remote assistance to NGOs across the country
Professionals who wish to pitch in have to register with their areas of interest and whether they will be providing skill based talent, or connections to their networks
The DGF team will then approve requests based on various category
Bid on a project they would like to help with or lend their expertise to (this could be issues relating to solving poverty, legal issues, education etc)
Pick deadlines and work flexibly as it suits the candidate.
Wallet, Reserve & Rating
There are three levels to which both NGOs and fellows can be elevated to. At the first level the NGO receives 60 hours and subsequent services from DGF to transfer and use for projects. Upon completion of a project, the hours are then transferred to the fellow involved and will act as a rating for the work done.
After the reserve of 60 hours is completed by the NGO, DGF moves them up a level, gives them more hours to utilise, and also plans on giving them special services like strategic partnerships with other organisations.
“Fellows can move upto the third level by receiving 500 points on the whole. We plan on making them mentors to NGOs once they complete achieving the points,” says Darshana Dave, Director of Operations at DGF.
Monetisation & Traction
The listing and bidding for projects are currently free for both NGOs, as well as Fellows.
DGF currently has over 100 NGOs aboard its platform and have Fellows participating from over 16 countries to help the NGOs.
“We are currently running a pilot version of its program in Nairobi, and soon plan on setting up a chapter in Kenya,” says Luigi Wewege, DGF’s director for international development.