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, professionals, and teams to share their time, talent, and resources, SolveUp facilitates nonprofit solutions through the skills and expertise of those who volunteer. Our value comes via 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 offer to solve Missions aligned with their skills, life experience, and values. Nonprofits that 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 is an ecosystem which catalyzes change through collective impact, design, and networks. Our work through the SolveUp platform and Mission Rise consulting is making a substantive difference in volunteer engagement, problem-solving, and contributing to social sector innovation. Our business model is free for organizations to post Missions and for volunteer Solvers to make offers. Because we believe you should only pay for what you use, we charge organizations a small $20 fee when they make a connection.
SolveUp for Students
SolveUp for Students also presents Missions in the form of internships. What’s unique about these opportunities is that they are remote, time-limited, project-based ventures, engaging students who don’t live nearby or can’t afford to work unpaid. Intern participants are university student Solvers who make unpaid offers in response to Missions posted by nonprofits. Nonprofits can view offers, selecting interns 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 be able to access. Sample Missions could include designing and populating a spreadsheet, carrying out a research project, analyzing grant opportunities, or editing content to create an impressive presentation.
TedX meets Shark Tank — minus the investment capital — is one way to describe a SolveUp LIVE event. At one of these events, 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 proposing solutions. The result is a resolved Mission with more connected and involved neighborhoods, cities, and communities.
SolveUp CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Every year, companies write checks and place volunteers on their 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 5,000 volunteers but only engages its 15 Board members on constructive problem-solving or opportunity exploration. SolveUp offers a pathway to engage the other 4,985 volunteers as creative problem solvers ready to make a difference amid launching new products and services.