One of the great things about what I do (Web Design and Web Development – just in case you haven’t noticed) is that I get to work with a bunch of local companies (I also get to work with a bunch of not so local companies – both that’s a topic for a different post).
One of the local companies that I have been working with quite a bit lately is ServeNation. Located in Fort Wayne, IN, ServeNation works nationally with non-profits to create a win-win-win fund raising solution. They set up custom gift card stores for non-profits. ServeNation is able to purchase the gift cards at a discounted rate from the vendors and then sell them at face value. The non-profit and ServeNation are then able to split the profit.
Here’s an example (all the numbers are just made up). Suppose you as a cusotmer want to buy a $10 Starbucks card. You could go to Starbucks.com and buy the card from them. The card would cost you $10 and you would get $10 of value from it.
However, suppose you go to ServeNation instead. The card would still cost you $10 and you would still get $10 of value from it. But, ServeNation, may have been able to buy that card for $9.50 from Starbucks. So, now ServeNation and the non-profit you choose get to split the difference! You win – you get your card and the same value. Your non-profit wins in that it raises funds without any work. And, ServeNation wins by making a profit. Everyone wins.
I think it’s a great plan and it has been my privelage to work along side of them.
Some of the updates we’ve been working on lately:
- Look and Feel update – we worked with a graphic designer to come up with an updated look – it’s not completely done, but it’s close
- Updates and enhancements to the back end admin section – all kinds of changes
- Fixes and better performance for the main e-commerce section
The site is www.servenation.com. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.