Calgary Startup Place2Give Creates Online Relief Fund to Facilitate Donations for Alberta Floods

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

Calgary startup Place2Give has created an online relief fund that facilitates donations to local and grassroots charities aimed at assisting Albertans with the aftermath of recent floods.

The Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund so far supports nine charities:

  • Calgary Police Foundation
  • EMS Foundation
  • Foothills Search and Rescue
  • Servants Anonymous
  • Calgary YWCA
  • Rotary Club of Canmore
  • Calgary Drop In Centre
  • Federation of Calgary Communities
  • Alpha House

Place2Give was founded in 2011. It's an aggregator of charity big data, providing charities across Canada with a platform to talk about what they do and matching them with the donors that are best suited to their mandate.

Donors can designate their donations to a specific charity by clicking on that charity's donate button or select Place2Give Fund for their team to direct the donation to areas of greatest need. Place2Give Fund is managed by the Benefaction Foundation and tax receipts will be issued directly upon donation.

The Canadian startup says that FirstEnergy Capital has pledged to donate a minimum of $100,000 to the fund.

Dexterity Ventures Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Dexterity Ventures is the parent company to a start-up Social Enterprise and Dexterity Consulting, Canada's first philanthropic brokerage firm. Place2Give is the "E-Harmony of charities." Based on the general idea of profiling users (donors and charities), our system matches donors to charities. It's like LinkedIn meets e-Harmony. The information housed within our database is... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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