Avectra Announces IdeaStarter™, a Crowd-Contributing Solution, to Secure Funding, Time, Resources and Connections

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New crowd-contributing solution allows associations, not-for-profits and corporations to expand philanthropic initiatives

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IdeaStarter™ is the latest example of Avectra technology enabling organizations to build stronger ties to their community and maximize their charitable efforts.

Avectra, a leading web-based Social CRM developer of web-based member and donor-based software for associations and not-for-profits, today announced the launch of IdeaStarter™, an innovative platform to empower individuals to solicit funds and secure resources and volunteers on behalf of any organization. IdeaStarter™ was announced at the ninth annual Avectra Users and Developers Conference held in March at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Year Up Chicago and Rotary International are two organizations that plan to leverage IdeaStarter™’s innovative and robust functionality to empower their members and community to create and support projects that fulfill their mission.

“IdeaStarter™ allows our 34,000 member Rotary clubs to efficiently tap into a much broader pool of potential project partners and funding supporters,” says Peter Markos, Chief Information Officer for Rotary International, a humanitarian service organization that brings together leaders from all over the world to share ideas and take on important issues in local communities in more than 200 countries. “The whole idea is to leverage resources by working with other Rotary clubs, as well as organizations outside of Rotary, to maximize the impact of our humanitarian work. IdeaStarter™ enhances our capacity to do just that.”

“IdeaStarter™ is yet another inventive offering Avectra is bringing to the association and not-for-profit markets, as well as corporate America, to help them increase their philanthropic activities, engage with their community and identify supporters within their peer networks,” said Avectra Chairman and CEO Richard Davis. “IdeaStarter™ is the latest example of Avectra technology enabling organizations to build stronger ties to their community and maximize their charitable efforts.”

Based on the crowdsourcing and crowd funding concept, IdeaStarter™ enables organizations to tap their online community to solicit ideas and secure money, volunteers and or the resources necessary to complete projects that may not be covered under their normal funding network or corporate structure. It is an extraordinary peer-to-peer platform that not only helps not-for-profit organizations reach and raise more funds, but empowers their members and donors to create projects and campaigns that support new or ongoing corporate and community initiatives.
“IdeaStarter™ is appealing to Year Up Chicago because we are not limited to just soliciting monetary donations,” said Dan Winter, Senior Director of Development at Year Up Chicago. “Our first project will enable our volunteer Leadership Council to use IdeaStarter™ to recruit volunteers in support of our mentoring and tutoring programs and connect with corporations to host interns. Future projects will include fundraising, grassroots mobilization and an opportunity for all Year Up sites across the country to use IdeaStarter™.”

“IdeaStarter™ is an exciting new solution that Avectra is proud to make available to associations, not-for-profits and corporations,” said John Clese, Avectra’s director of product marketing, not-for-profit. “It is so easy and simple to use. Now, any organization can create their own branded project or philanthropic initiative in minutes without having to send supporters to third party crowd funding sites--who promote goods and services from many other groups as well. IdeaStarter™ represents a much better use of the organization’s valuable marketing dollars with personal branding opportunities that currently don’t exist in the market.”

To learn more about IdeaStarter, click here.

About Avectra
For two decades, Avectra has translated its customers' needs into market leading software and services. Using Avectra's donor management, crowd-contributing solutions, and membership management solutions, not-for-profits and associations can connect with constituents, partners and prospects in entirely new ways, create more meaningful engagements and drive bottom-line results.

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Avectra also has regional offices in Chicago and Orlando. For more information on Avectra's donor management, fundraising or membership management solutions, visit fundraising.avectra.com or call 855-AVECTRA (855-283-2872).

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