SolveUp is a platform that leverages the strength of the community, especially yours. Whereas lodging has AirBnB and transportation has LYFT or Uber, communities have SolveUp. We crowdsource volunteer “Solvers” to resolve tough social issues, nonprofit challenges, and leverage opportunities for change. By engaging individuals, students, and professional to share their time, talent, and resources, Solve Up facilitates nonprofits and causes finding solutions through the skills and expertise of those who volunteer. Our value comes through four pathways:
SolveUp.org empowers nonprofits to post Missions which are time limited, project based initiatives that address challenges or leverage opportunities. Once posted, volunteer Solvers can make offers to solve Missions aligned with their skills, life experience, and values. Nonprofits who post Missions can accept a single offer or multiple offers allowing them to build a team around the problem or opportunity. Missions can be narrowly defined tasks or broader, big picture opportunities.
Solve Up University also presents Missions that can be framed as internships. However, what’s unique with these opportunities is that they are remote, time-limited, project based ventures, engaging students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to live near or work unpaid for the practical, engaging opportunities that internships offer. Intern participants are university student Solvers who make unpaid offers in response to Missions posted by nonprofits. Nonprofits can view offers, selecting those who they deem most qualified for the task. This is a brilliant opportunity for nonprofits and NGOs that lack the physical space or funds to hire interns. It also empowers staff at all levels to get help that they otherwise would not. Sample Missions could include designing and populating a spreadsheet, carrying out a research project, analyzing grant opportunities, or cleaning up content to create an impressive presentation.
Student solvers get the opportunity to perform meaningful work for an organization, get relevant experience, and build relationships and networks to add to their career trajectory and resume. The number of possibilities is endless for students and nonprofits. Nonprofits should always have access to new capacity and students shouldn’t be at a disadvantage because they may not be able to afford to working for little or nothing while living in the city of a nonprofit with a high cost of living.
TedX Meets Shark Tank helps you understand Solve Up LIVE. A nonprofit Executive Director, board member, or volunteer shares a challenge at a venue like a bar, coffee shop, or restaurant. Similar to a TedX talk, these presentations are brief in that they outline the mission of the nonprofit and then succinctly describe the challenge. The audience helps the organization solve the problem by designing a solution. The result is a changed world with a brighter landscape across every neighborhood, city, and community.
SolveUp CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Every year, companies write checks and place volunteers on boards. Some even contribute to volunteer days that help employees feel connected. But today’s companies are seeking something deeper and more meaningful. Meanwhile, a nonprofit may have 5000 volunteers but only engages the 15 on their board around constructive problem solving or exploring opportunities. Solve Up offers a pathway to engage those 4,985 volunteers as creative problem solvers ready to make a difference amidst launching new products and services.
Solve Up is an ecosystem which catalyzes change through collective impact, design, and networks. Our work though this site and Mission Rise are making a substantive difference in volunteer engagement, problem solving, and contributing to innovation in the social sector. Join us as a volunteer to make offers (it’s free!) or as an organization. The cost for organizations is free to join and only $20 to make a match.