IVolunteer International Inc

Creating 7 billion volunteers

SAVANNAH, GA   |  www.ivint.org

Mission

Connecting volunteers to volunteer projects in their local communities using a geo-connecting social impact mobile application.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a start-up tech-nonprofit with a bold vision. We believe in the work we do to create technologies for you - the individual person - to take action in your own community. It is the volunteer transformation!

Ruling year info

2017

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Mr Nipuna Ambanpola

Main address

500 Stephenson Avenue

SAVANNAH, GA 31405 USA

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EIN

82-0931979

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Need Statement There are many volunteer management software and web-based platforms that are available worldwide (eg: VolunteerMatch, GoDeed, Volunteer Australia, VolunteerUK, etc). An overwhelming majority of these platforms provide a volunteer management enterprise to organizations and focus little to no attention on the individual volunteer. 1. There is a need to align volunteer technologies to the individual person. 2. Lack of a user-friendly global mobile app that connects individuals to volunteer projects in real-time. 3. Lack of a mobile app that calculates the individual’s social impact when they volunteer. 4. The lack of a global platform that calculates how each individual contributes SDGs. Our Solution Our solution to the above challenges in the volunteerism industry is a location-based (geo-connecting) mobile application that connects volunteers to volunteer projects in real-time.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Impact Mobile Application

1. What are we building: A mobile app. The mobile app will identify the user’s live location, wherever they are, and show them volunteer opportunities around them. A user will be able to set the search area (in miles/kilometers) and it will show them a volunteer feed of available projects around them. The idea is to connect local people to projects happening in their local communities.

2. What are some features: In the app, users will be able to sign up for projects, communicate with project hosts (individuals or organizations) and track their volunteer hours. Organizations will be able to open their own accounts and post projects from around the world to get volunteers. You don’t have to be an organization to post a project. If you’re an individual, you can post a project and the app will connect local people to your project, empowering individuals around the world to take action in their community.

3. Why connect volunteers: Volunteers are the thread that binds. According to a report published by the United Nations Volunteers, volunteers in local communities working together build resilient communities, tackle the humanitarian crises and find answers to make their local communities better, empowering people to have better quality lives.

4. Why build a mobile app: Because more than ever, people connect to each other through smartphones. And more than ever, the population with access to smartphones has increased significantly and the world is expecting more smartphone usage in years to come.[1] A mobile app will also build convenience for people to find volunteer projects around them.

5. What is the benefit to organizations: Organizations around the world (corporations and non-profit/service-oriented) can get volunteers for their projects with ease. They can create their own accounts in the app and communicate to volunteers, tag members, streamline sign-ups and so much more.

6. How much will it cost: Because we are building a progressive and thoughtful financial structure, the app will be available for free. Organizations and individuals can use the app for free and no - we will never have advertisements popping up in the app.

7. How is the impact measured: Because this is one-of-a-kind venture, we are building our own measurements. We are researching to adopt variables like frequencies of downloads, usage measurements, project sign-ups, and success rates to analyze the economic, social, and labor contributions that we have supported to grow and connect.

For more information visit www.ivint.org/mobileapp

Population(s) Served
Adults

Marking the 1 year anniversary of IVolunteer International, we are excited to launch our most recent global initiative. This initiative called “Birthday-Deed” will be focusing on encouraging individuals around the world to do something good on their birthday. We believe, that our world will have a great positive impact if 7 billion people in this world did something good to their community on their birthdays.

Vision: To make everyone in this world who is willing and able, to do something good on their birthday.

How It Works :If you’re interested in doing something good on your birthday, you can sign up to be in our database. When your birthday is nearby, we send you a reminder email, wishing you a happy birthday and giving you a list of options you could do on your birthday.

Then, on your birthday, with all the celebration and happy vibes, we hope you do something good and complete your #Birthdaydeed. It could be anything you choose to do – big or small. When you complete your birthday-deed, you can take pictures and put it up on social media using the hashtag #Birthdaydeed. You can nominate your friends and refer them to our page so your friends can sign up too! We are so excited!

Things You Can Do
You don’t have to do anything big to complete your birthday deed (if you want to do something big, that’s great!). Here are some things you can do to complete your #Birthdaydeed.

Donate to a charity close to your heart.
Join a Rotary/Rotaract Club.
Give tea to a nearby child care center
Share a book with Iridescence – Hope Through Art.
Volunteer at a local charity.
Give food to the homeless.
Clean your cupboard and donate your clothes.
Sponsor a child’s education through Without-Borders
Connect to a new friend in a different country and exchange cultures.
Write a thank-you note to one of your teachers, mentors or a great friend.
Buy something from a mom/dad shop and help a family.
Plant a tree in your backyard.
Collect toys from neighbors and friends and donate them to a child charity.
Donate blood with your RedCross Chapter
Donate school supplies to a school that needs help in your community.
Be extra nice to everyone around you.
Take an online CPR course for free and save a life!
Write a personal thank you note and hand it over to a police officer/military veteran!
Do something nice to your parents and appreciate them.
Write an article on our website about your volunteer experience or your future dreams of changing the world!

Final Steps
Remember – when you’re done, you have to post it on social media and encourage your friends to sign-up for the #birthdaydeed project! Thank you for participating! When you sign up, you’re automatically signed up forever! But if you want to unsubscribe from the list, you can!

We are changing lives with you. We don’t have to change the world in a day. Little steps of kindness and positivity will change the world soon! Thank you!

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Writers Council is a conglomerate of young writers and activists from around the world who contribute to our online blog. The objectives of the blog are as follows:

1. Establishing an online platform for youth leaders and writers to share their stories and the stories of others and being a platform for change-making, and a source for inspiration to our readers.

For more information, visit www.ivint.org/team/writers

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Where we work

Accreditations

Gold Seal of Transparency 2018

Platinum Seal of Transparency 2019

Top Rated Nonprofit 2019

Awards

Finalists 2019

World Trade Center Association "Peace Through Trade" Competition

Finalists 2020

World Trade Center Association "Peace Through Trade" Competition

Winners 2020

University of Georgia Kickstarter Fund

Affiliations & memberships

Youth-Peace-Security Coalition Sri Lanka 2019

18+ Generation Never Give-Up, Sri Lanka 2019

Volunteer Global Alliance 2019

Civil Society Associated with the U.N. Department of Global Communications 2019

FastForward Tech Incubator 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers connected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using our website, we post volunteer projects and connect volunteers to these projects. This is tracked using Google Analytics and the volunteer information we receive through sign-ups.

Number of new website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Quarterly website visits.

Number of Sustainable Development Goals contributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The SDGs were associated to our website in 2019. Each project posted carry an SDG tag.

Number of Projects Posted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of volunteer projects posted on our website.

Number of BirthdayDeed participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

#BirthdayDeed is a flag-ship project.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers serve in the organization for day-to-day operations.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups identified

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stakeholders include our coalition partners, org-to-org partners and other organizations we work with for volunteer activity.

Number of Blog posts published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Writers Council consists of volunteer writers from around the world who contribute to our blog.

Number of people reached through social media engagements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a virtual nonprofit organization, through our outreach, likes, video-views, and partner organization promotions, we reach a wide variety of individuals.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These include awards, competitions won, and news agency coverage.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Maintain a strong presence of the organization’s commitment to volunteering and technology through presentations, awards, social media engagement, and current projects.

2. Design and develop a geo-connecting social impact mobile application that can connect volunteers to volunteer projects in their local communities, around the world with other features that make volunteering easy, fun, and share-able.

3. Design and integrate social impact tracking mechanisms to all parts of the organization to allow individuals and organizations to understand their social impact in the world through volunteerism.

1. IVolunteer International has utilized its website as the main database of volunteer projects happening around the world. On the same platform, a user-friendly and easily accessible form allows individuals and organizations to publish their volunteer projects.

2. IVolunteer International promotes all these volunteer projects through social media and its partners to the local community.

3. IVolunteer International utilizes its blog that is live with the support of volunteer writers, that portray volunteer success stories and build awareness around volunteering, it's a success, benefits, and volunteer best practices.

4. IVolunteer International engages in global partnerships in both public and private sectors to develop technologies to achieve its goals.

IVolunteer International is run by a volunteer staff that is skilled and experienced to carry out its goals strategically to achieve its vision and mission. For the past three years (as of 2020) the organization has been run by passionate individuals who believe in the impact of volunteerism.

Nipuna Ambanpola, an avid volunteer from Sri Lanka, an Economics graduate of Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Public Administration student at the University of Georgia, serves as our Co-Founder & Executive Director. Thimal Wickremage, a young tech entrepreneur serves as our Chief Operating Officer. Akash Shah, a Graphic Design and Mobile App Dev graduate from Savannah Academy of Arts & Design serves as our Chief Technical Officer. Tyler D’Alto, an Economics graduate of Georgia Southern University serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Our Board of Directors adds unique and wholesome leadership to our organization. Bob Lee, a professor of Entrepreneurship and a retired CEO of a manufacturing company serves as the President. Donald Fountain, a Rotarian and the Chief Operations Officer of Rotary Corporation serve as our Secretary. Lynn Hadwin, a successful Real-Estate Agent, a Rotarian, and owner of Hadwin Realties is our Treasurer. Andy Lohn, a Rotarian, and an attorney at Bart-Meyer Law is our Legal Counsel.

1. 2018 and 2019 Gold Seal for Transparency by GuideStar
2. 2019 Top Rated Nonprofit by Greatnonprofits
3. Finalists: World Trade Center Association Competition 2019 and 2020
4. Winner: University of Georgia Kickstarter Fund
6. Civil Society Associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications.

Since the inception of the organization (2017) we have registered the organization as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the IRS. The organization is also registered under the State Secretary of the State of Georgia. Since 2017, the organization has connected 6,000+ volunteers to over 180+ projects around the world.

We want to make our platform better and more efficient. In 2020 we are hoping to launch a mobile app for the same purpose. The app will identify the user's location and connect them to volunteer opportunities around them. The user will be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities, add them to their calendar, connect to other volunteers, and even maintain a profile that will calculate their volunteer hours.

Accomplishments
1. Since our birth in 2017 and legal establishment as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have connected over 6,500 volunteers to more than 190 volunteer projects that took place in 12 countries. Projects we supported range from immediate need (i.e.: disaster response) to long-term impact (i.e.: donation drives, education, welfare).
2. In 2018 and 2019, we received our Gold Seal on Guidestar
3. In 2018, we joined FastForward; a Tech-nonprofit incubator based in California and has been active since.
4. In 2019, IVolunteer International was selected as finalists for the “Peace Through Trade” competition
hosted by the World Trade Center Associations Foundation (WTCAF).
5. In 2019, we were recognized as a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” on Guidestar.
6. In 2019, we won the University of Georgia Kickstarter Fund Competition.
7. In 2019, we earned Association Status with the United Nations Department of Global Communications.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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IVolunteer International Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Robert E. Lee

IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

Term: 2019 - 2021

Robert E. Lee

CPA

Lynn Hadwin

Hadwin Realtors

Donald Fountain

Rotary Corporation

Andy Lohn

Bart & Meyer Law

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.