At Staples, Zach Weiner was one of those students everyone knew was going somewhere.
After graduating in 2008, Zach went first to Stanford University.
Now he’s going to change the world. And he’s doing it 1 charity at a time.
Zach and a few Stanford friends are the brains behind GivingTurtle.org. The layout is as simple as the idea: If plenty of people give a dollar a day — or even a week — amazing things can happen. Giving Turtle proves the power of micro-philanthropy — and the democratization of donations.
Each day, the site features a different organization. Yesterday it was Gumball Capital — a non-profit that inspires students to fight poverty through entrepreneurship.
Visitors to Giving Turtle are encouraged to donate $1 (or more, of course). But the good feeling of giving doesn’t end there: Logged-in users are able to vote for a charity, from a list. The winner becomes the next day’s featured charity.
Users can also suggest their favorite non-profit for inclusion.
Don’t be surprised if the numbers so far look low. The site just launched on Monday. Already, though, it’s 1 of 5 finalists for the South by Southwest People’s Choice Web Awards.
Zach encourages Westporters to use Giving Turtle to donate, vote and submit new charities — and spread the word.
If so, Giving Turtle can take off like a hare.
(For updates, follow @givingturtle on Twitter.)