See The Difference – a very ambitious initiative looking to change the nature of charitable giving
Posted by Bryan on May 5, 2009
As you’ll see from the promotional video above, the world of online charity crowdfunding ‘supermarkets’ looks set to grow yet again later this year, with the launch of See The Difference.
Founded by former BBC Executive Dominic Vallely, See The Difference plans to engage supporters with a diverse range of projects from all around the world, through a video-based site that uses ‘digital storytelling’ to promote projects and, very importantly, to show donors just what a difference their support has made.
With a very impressive line-up of corporate backers – and endorsements from a diverse group of people from the Head of Individual Marketing at the RSPB to the editor of Heat Magazine – See The Difference is clearly a very ambitious initiative. Not only are they looking to raise £500m (€563m; $756m) over the next five years but they also believe that “See the Difference could ultimately become the standard way in which people choose and express the things they care about and the differences they want to make in the world”.
It all certainly seems very well planned and from what can be seen of the website on the video, the user interface looks pretty slick and engaging.
I wish the team at See The Difference all the very best, as this is just the type of innovative approach that is needed if we are going to see the real potential of online fundraising start to be released. However, £500m seems an incredibly ambitious target to set for their first five years.
The best performing charity crowdfunding site out there at the moment is probably Kiva – and even with its highly innovative ‘investment’ project funding approach and incredible levels of PR support they have just reached £47m (€53m; $71m) over their first three and a half years of operation. While at the other end of the scale, the recently launched video-based project crowdfunding site PifWorld seems from the statistics on its homepage to only have managed to raise £5,250 (€5,915; $7,922) over its first two months.
Here’s hoping that See The Difference can at least get their online giving going at the Kiva-levels – it’ll certainly be very interesting to see just how quickly the income grows once their site goes live. There are no details of a planned launch date on the See The Difference website, but you can contact them through the holding page and keep-up with the site’s development through their recently launched Facebook Page.