In early August Milford residents Phil and Andrea Wojcik launched a new business aimed at helping charities and non-profits with their donation and fundraising efforts. The Charity Wishlist (TCW) is an organization that helps nonprofits and charities sustain their ongoing donation and fundraising needs through low cost online systems. TCW helps charities, by allowing them with a way to accept donations of either money or goods online; provides these services at no or minimal cost.
“We recognize the difficulties charities face in trying to get the word out about the goods and funds that are necessary for them to deliver critical services to those in need,” said Phil Wojcik owner of the Charity Wishlist. “And today’s socially conscious generation likes the ease of technology to help make a difference. So our services help charities expand their fundraising and donation activities to a much wider segment of the public by offering online options for people to make donations.”
Through TCW Charities can select from one of two options to meet their needs. The first is through the online donation system that allows charities and organizations to be able to accept monetary donations and is a great option for charities without an online presence. TCW creates a branded donation form on its site and when the user clicks on “Make a Donation”, they can easily and securely donate money. The Charity Wishlist tracks the donations, and on a monthly basis, sends payment to each charity or organization. The company takes a small percentage of the donation to cover service and credit card processing fees and guarantees that a minimum of 90% of all donations made through the system are given to the organization.
The second option is for charities and non-profits that need donations of goods rather than money. Based upon the organization’s needs, TCW helps set up a list of needed items and manage the donations made for those items. Visitors to the site can select the items and pay for them at check out. On a monthly basis, TCW reviews the orders, make the purchases for the charity or non-profit and have the items drop shipped to them. Pricing for the items includes shipping, taxes, and fees, and any balance left in the account after the purchases are made each month, is donated back to the organization.
“This is a great way for people who prefer to donate goods instead of money to an organization, but who may lack the time to go buy the goods and package them for shipping or arrange to drop them off, to donate to charities from the comfort of their own homes,” stated Wojcik.
The owners of The Charity Wishlist have also set up a Disaster Relief Fund to offer their assistance to areas impacted by natural disasters. TCW will coordinate with disaster relief and charity organizations on site and use the money donated through the fund to purchase items to be drop shipped to the location. TCW believes that by using donated funds to purchase goods and shipping them, it will help ensure those in need are actually getting the goods they need, and not what people at home are guessing they may need. When possible, purchases will be made through local business in the impacted disaster area.
For more information about The Charity Wishlist, individuals can visit them online at www.thecharitywishlist.org, follow them on Twitter @charitywishlist or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCharityWishlist.