Non-Profit Creates Unique Online Exchange

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Small non-profit start-up, Oaktree.org, has launched an online exchange that facilitates financial help, prayers and encouragement between those in need and those willing to help. In short, they facilitate the exchange of hope for individuals.

The sleepy coastal town of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, would be the last place you might look for the next big thing on the internet. Within the last week, a non-profit website with a completely unique concept has launched. Rather than new software that connects buyers and sellers or a website matching singles looking for a date, this start-up seeks to connect people seeking urgent help in many forms.

"We are a hope exchange," says Brady Stump, founder of Oaktree.org. Stump has founded Oaktree.org, which is an online exchange that connects people in need of financial help, prayers and encouragement to those willing to provide the help.

"Oaktree.org is different in three main ways. We are completely online, open source and fill a huge needs gap,” Stump says. “The best way to describe being completely online is that, instead of running some huge online exchange between buyers and sellers of goods, we have created an online exchange that facilitates prayers, encouragement and financial help between those in need and those willing to help. By putting the entire process online, we help people get help faster; and ultimately get hope faster!”

Stump also explained that the site is open source. By this, he means that the entire giving process is laid out for all to see and invites everyone to participate. Someone posts a public request for help in one of the three categories and anyone is free to volunteer to pray for, encourage or monetarily help out the person in need. The only thing that Oaktree.org asks of the person helped is that they post a public “thank you” and continue the generosity by pledging to help someone else out within the next 90 days.

Lastly, Oaktree.org seeks to fill a “needs gap.” “This is the ultimate goal of the site,” Stump says. He references many possible situations from a recent young amputee looking for encouragement, someone battling cancer that is asking for our prayers or a single mom in need of financial help with buying some winter coats for her kids. “Many times, the people in these situations may slip through this needs gap,” Stump explains. “Oaktree.org seeks to fill this gap.”

“I just hope that the site can speed up help and positive vibes to local people faster,” Stump exclaims. With the positive vibes flowing from Oaktree.org, Stump may start helping more than just the people from his local community. Positive words of encouragement, uplifting prayers and financial help may start flowing between people from coast to coast and that would be just fine with Oaktree.org.

Oaktree.org (http://www.oaktree.org) is an online exchange that facilitates financial help, prayers and encouragement between those in need and those willing to help.

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