There aren’t a lot of things that we like better than fresh local food, but after speaking with Seattle entrepreneur and mother Natalie Angelillo, we may have found a contender.
Angelillo is the founder of Swopboard, an online community marketplace that allows you to buy and sell products near you. The upshot? Each item sold allows you to donate 10-100% of the proceeds to a local school; the more parents participating on the marketplace, the more money you recieve. Angelillo also was just named one of the 7 moms to know, so check out her blog on Swopboard for tips on fundraising, parenting, and everything in between.
Many of us at NRO have or have had children in schools that will directly benefit from Swopboard, so we wanted to give them a special shout-out to let you, our customers, know about them and how awesome we think Natalie and the rest of the Swopboard team are (which is a lot!).
Since our founder, Carolyn Boyle, is a member of the Cascade Harvest Coalition, we know just how hard it can be for non-profits (such as school organizations) to raise funds. Says one Swopboard user, “My school hosted a post-auction sale on SwopBoard. I listed and sold an inflatable bouncy house for $200 and donated 100% of the sale to my school.” For those of us who didn’t know how much a bouncy house is, just a 10 x 8 x 7.5 on Walmart is $279! You can even tell the community what you are looking for if you don’t see a listing, and get notifications when someone lists that item.
The beauty of the marketplace for us? Cleaning out the garage and spare closet and selling them makes us a little money for us and our schools, on a trustworthy site or other parents in your neighborhood.
Here’s a bit more about Swopboard, and what their other fans are saying.
SwopBoard is an online community marketplace to buy, sell and give back to your school. Each transaction involves trusted users who share similar lifestyles to yours – people in your school and neighborhood – which increases the chances of finding the right buyer and purchasing what you really need. As a bonus, you can donate up to 100% of every sale to your school (a minimum of 10% is required).SwopBoard Features Simple, Fast “I Want” Function. Users can peruse the “Want” list to find items other parents are seeking. When users have something on the “Want” list that they would like to sell, they can easily list that item and auto-connect within their immediate community to those seeking that item. An Intuitive Selling Experience with Built-In Marketing Tools. Buyers can easily ask questions, follow their favorite sellers, and ask for a lower price with SwopBoard’s internal messaging system. Sellers can simply customize their privacy settings and tailor the school’s donation amount on an item-by-item basis. Users can even create video listings directly from their smartphones. Private Collections at “SwopBoard Boutiques.” Mini shops stocked with great designs, think of “SwopBoard Boutiques” as the ultimate estate sale combined with a fashion editor’s closet. Every collection is different, with one-of-a-kind finds. And, like always, each transaction benefits local schools. Learn more about “Boutiques” here: http://www.swopboard.com/#!/Boutiques
“SwopBoard is something we don’t have to put in extra hours for to raise money. It’s kind of a no-brainer for us.” – Seattle-area Parent Teacher Club President
“I like using SwopBoard because I can choose what area to buy and sell items from, so I don’t have to worry about shipping or driving too far. I can also choose which school I want to donate to and would rather give back in this way than some of the other fundraising activities.”