Fundraising Management Patents (Class 705/329)
  • Patent number: 10445725
    Abstract: A customer uses a mobile device to verbally request an offer that includes an incentive to transact at a merchant's brick and mortar store in the customer's local community in exchange for the merchant's agreement to make an auditable donation to a charity serving the local community. Business rules limit the merchant's charitable donations over calendar periods, which donations can be made directly by the merchant to the community charity, or indirectly to the charity by way of a blind donation made by the merchant to a donation disbursement agency acting on the merchant's behalf to satisfy the merchant's commitment to donate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: edatanetworks
    Inventor: Terrance Patrick Tietzen
  • Patent number: 9754294
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for automatically calculating charitable donations for donors and for distributing the charitable donations in accordance with the donors' wishes to approved and/or registered recipients, such as approved charitable organizations. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving contributor information, recipient information and donation data during a predetermined period of time, and then aggregating the donations from a plurality of contributors into a plurality of recipient contribution amounts. The process also includes distributing, at the end of the predetermined period of time, the recipient contribution amounts to recipient financial institutions based on the contributor information, the recipient information and the donation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Ahmed Hosny, Peter J. Groarke
  • Patent number: 9586136
    Abstract: A gaming system, having a computer program stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium. A server is operatively associated with the non-transitory computer readable medium. Communications means enable donors to access the server and donees to receive information related to donations sent by the donors through the server. An accumulation value is measured by the computer program. A trigger value is associated with the accumulation value. A selection of at least one award recipient from the donees is made whereby the selection is rendered by the computer program once the trigger value is reached. A notification to a respective at least one of the donors is made and a transmission of at least one award corresponding to the trigger value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Ronell Levatte
  • Publication number: 20150149375
    Abstract: In one aspect, this disclosure provides a crowd endorsement social engine for endorsing an athlete. In various aspects crowd endorsement of athletes includes income and training support for semi-pro, amateur, Olympic athletes, sponsorship from family, friends, fans, and social community. In one aspect, individual athlete campaigns highlight goals, progress and achievement. In another aspect, athletes produce blog style updates on progress, physiologic tweets during competition in the form of broadcasting messages. In another aspect, sponsors create emotional attachment to their athlete and his/her success and provide encouragement. In another aspect, fans that attend events provide live updates to athletes' pages. In another aspect, community growth is based on athlete adoption and sponsor base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Thompson, Todd Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150149346
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a notification of a charitable action by an actor. In the method, a goodness magnitude of the charitable action is measured, the goodness magnitude providing a quantified moral value of the charitable action. The actor is assigned an amount of exchangeable currency, the amount being based on the measured goodness magnitude, the assigning being for the charitable action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GOODS EXCHANGE
    Inventors: Nirmit Parikh, Osman Rashid, Babur Habib
  • Publication number: 20150142689
    Abstract: Systems and methods that incentivize physical fitness of a user are discussed herein. A system can include a motion component and a control component. The motion component can monitor motion data associated with the user. The control component can provide one or more rewards to the user, wherein the rewards can be based at least in part on the user meeting a target associated with the motion data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Movband, LLC dba Movable
    Inventor: Blake Squires
  • Publication number: 20150142688
    Abstract: A process for collecting and distributing to multiple beneficiaries funds donated by multiple donors, including the steps of presenting to a donor a group of potential beneficiaries to which the donor may donate, providing to the donor a beneficiary selection means through use of which the donor may select one or more beneficiaries for effecting a donation, and providing the donor with access to a payment means through use of which the donor may make a payment to a fund managed by a process manager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry Jackson, Walter James Ochenski, III
  • Publication number: 20150134556
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for raising donations by collecting and reviewing content from various information sources based on a set of criteria. The information sources can include user network information and third party information. The criteria can include keywords, parameters, or a combination thereof. The results can be used to prioritize prospects. The results can be used to customize communication with the prospects. In some cases, results based on multiple criteria can be overlaid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Steven J. Spinner, Aman Naimat, Aaron Redalen
  • Publication number: 20150074010
    Abstract: A method of using near field communication to facilitate charitable giving and volunteering. The method includes the steps of: determining, by a computing device, information about a person and information about a charitable organization based at least in part on reading a near field communication element; determining, by the computing device, whether the person desires to give to the charitable organization or to volunteer to help the charitable organization; sending, by the computing device, the information about the person to the charitable organization in an event that the person desires to volunteer to help the charitable organization; and sending, by the computing device, a donation to the charitable organization in an event that the person desires to give to the charitable organization. Also, computing devices that perform such methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Sofia Marie Sabella
  • Publication number: 20150066749
    Abstract: A device-implemented method and multi-component system are described. The method and system enable the selection of a charity to receive donations from persons interested in one another, and further enables a subject who is the target of interest from an initiating party to confirm the sincerity of the initiating party by third party brokered transactions that quantitatively demonstrate the substantive interest of the initiator. The initiator is also able to confirm the genuine interest by his or her target recipient in that the initiator and the recipient can set minimum donation level thresholds that must be met before their identities are confirmed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Volodymyr Zdorovtsov
  • Publication number: 20150058244
    Abstract: The present invention is related to methods and systems for processing search requests and for performing searches over a network. In an embodiment, a recipient designation is received from a user over a network. The designation indicates that future searches performed by the user are to be associated with the recipient (even if the subject matter of the search is not related to the recipient). A search request is received from the user; causing a search to be performed in response to the search request. An identifier corresponding to the recipient is stored in association with an indication regarding the occurrence of the first search request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: GOODSEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Craig O. Ramberg
  • Patent number: 8965410
    Abstract: A software product comprises instructions stored on non-transitory computer-readable media. The instructions, when executed by a computer, perform steps for providing a guided tour to a user via a mobile computing device. The steps include the step of playing a first data file on the mobile computing device when the mobile computing device is at a first location, and the step of playing a second data file on the mobile computing device when the mobile computing device is at a second location. A media file locally stored on the mobile computing device is automatically played after the playback of the first data file and before the playback of the second data file. The user is provided with an option to make a donation to an organization associated with the first location when the mobile computing device is at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TravelStorysGPS, LLC
    Inventors: Story Clark, Madeleine Quissek
  • Publication number: 20150012455
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for placing and operating an automated donation station is disclosed. An automated donation station can be placed at a location upon receiving a request for an automated donation station from a charitable organization or event organizer. The automated donation station can be customized according to a particular requestor's needs. One or more donations may be collected using the donation station by displaying information to a donor, receiving a donation offer from the donor, and collecting donation details (e.g., payment information) from the donor. A donation receipt can be dispensed to the donor at the automated donation station. Further, donation gifts may be selected by the donor at the automated donation station and dispensed at the automated donation station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Lynlee Carson Baker, Elizabeth Thomas Dold
  • Publication number: 20150006426
    Abstract: In one example, we describe methods and systems for automated online merchant charity donations. In one embodiment, a donation agent interacting with a merchant website can offer an online user an option to allocate at least a portion of a payment for or price of a purchase, associated with a transaction made by the user via the merchant website, to be donated by a merchant corresponding to the merchant website on behalf of the user to a charity of the user's choosing. If the online user exercises the option, the donation agent can calculate an amount of the donation to be made and store the calculated donation amount in a database. The donation agent can disburse the calculated donation amount to the charity selected by the customer. The method also works for the off-line model. The points earned can be combined with a college scholarship award mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: S. Rob Sobhani, PARSA NAMAZI, CHRISTINE ANGELA DOLENDO, MARYAM PAEZ
  • Publication number: 20140358650
    Abstract: A system, computer program product and method configured to stage an event for fund raising or other promotional cause wherein participants are geographically dispersed and/or participation in the event comprises activities spread over a number of venues that are geographically dispersed, or particular locations chosen by the participants, and/or a range of dates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Karen Esther Basian, Howard Jeffrey Gold
  • Publication number: 20140344037
    Abstract: A method of operating a digital system where the method includes providing a server connected to a communications network configured for two-way communications for system users, and configuring the server to display purchase offers, prizes, or other marketing information on user devices. The method also includes linking scannable codes with the digital system and user devices, so that when one of the scannable codes is scanned, the user device, on which the scan was made, is connected to a website where an offer is presented, wherein the offer can be a discount associated with a purchase, a sponsorship amount associated with a purchase, a gift card, a rebate, or a prize.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: VigeoMedia, LLC
    Inventors: William R. Dunbar, Matthew Dennis Serpe
  • Patent number: 8892651
    Abstract: An on-line system utilizing a social graph allows users to establish an account with the system and establish connections to nodes in the system. The social graph uses system-provided nodes that are created and maintained by the system, so that users cannot edit the system-provided nodes. The system aggregates and analyzes the social graph to present information in ways useful to its users. For example, the system reveals connections between persons in the system, with a corresponding strength of each connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Relationship Science LLC
    Inventors: Neal Goldman, John C. Dingee, Paul Ambas
  • Publication number: 20140324723
    Abstract: A philanthropic donation management system and methods of use and doing business. The system includes a computing server in communication with a communications network, such as the Internet, a LAN, or a WAN. The computing server maintains information about charitable projects and provides remote users and others with management tools for inputting information about charitable projects, pre-approving or otherwise assessing them, and accessing and managing charitable project information, portfolios, user team member information and access. The system can provide a business based on, for example, providing system, access, charitable fund management, and charitable donation transaction fees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Newdea Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Stremler, Stephen P. Clark, Jeffrey M. Emrich
  • Publication number: 20140317012
    Abstract: A method of enabling philanthropic donation includes receiving from a user target data designating a donation target and item data corresponding to a non-monetary item. A processor automatically determines a currency amount of a monetary currency using the received item data and automatically produces a donation record indicating that the determined currency amount should be donated as specified by the designated donation target by a donating party different from the user. The donation can be verified and the user informed if the donation is not permitted. A system for enabling philanthropic donation includes the processor, a storage device storing target-menu data including indications of a plurality of donation targets, and a communications interface adapted to provide to the user at least some of the target-menu data and to receive the target and item data including social media functionalities for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Can, John Berman, Nathaniel Drapiza, Cristen Ingram, Songul Aslanturk, Peter Kuang, Thomas Gilner, Danielle Frucci, Tiffany Tsoi
  • Publication number: 20140310193
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and apparatus for processing on-line donations is disclosed. An example embodiment includes elements to generate a donation badge for display on a web page; link the donation badge with an account on a payment site; receive a donation from a donor via the donation badge; and credit the donation to the account linked to the donation badge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Hugo Olliphant, Deborah Yee-Ky Liu, Su-I Lu, Ernest Mak
  • Publication number: 20140304187
    Abstract: A mobile device application includes computer-executable instructions configured to determine a donation context, and to select from among a plurality of non-profit organizations (NPOs) or charitable campaigns for receiving a donation from a user of the mobile device. In one embodiment, a machine-readable symbol decoder configured to extract scan-to-give data from a scanned scan-to-give symbol. The scanning of the scan-to-give symbol can initiate a charitable contribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: HOPELA
    Inventor: IRINA N. MENN
  • Publication number: 20140304186
    Abstract: A directed giving system allows a giver to conveniently manage their one-time and recurring gift giving, where the giver can easily find the desired beneficiary and/or project, and where the giver is in complete control of the entire process. A giver can configure a single or recurring gift in their bank's bill pay system or employers payroll system, and then configure the distribution of gifts in a gift processing system. The distribution of gifts can be single or recurring, and the distribution can be for a specific beneficiary or for a project. It may also be possible for the beneficiary to receive funds as a loan rather than a gift, where the loan is repaid and the funds can then be given or lent to another beneficiary. The system can also produce consolidated charitable receipts for the giver for tax purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Anthony Lindsay Brown
  • Publication number: 20140279645
    Abstract: A platform can receive information about a product including a product cost. The platform can also receive a registration message that can designate the product and at least one beneficiary. The platform can provide a description of a campaign associated with the product and the beneficiary to at least one funder. One or more funders can fund the campaign. The funding amount for the campaign can be stored by the platform. The platform can determine that the campaign meets or exceeds at least one campaign threshold. Examples of campaign thresholds can include a time limit, a minimum funding amount, a maximum funding amount a minimum number of funders and a maximum number of funders. Based on the determining that the campaign meets or exceeds the at least one campaign threshold, the platform can cause the ownership of the product to be transferred to the beneficiary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jedidiah S. Cohen, Brian Meece, Vladimir Vukicevic, Alon Hillel-Tuch
  • Publication number: 20140244535
    Abstract: A food donation tracking system is provided for tracking food donations along a food donation route that includes a food recipient location and a plurality of food rescue locations. The system includes a display device at each of the food rescue locations, each display device being operable to generate a dynamic unique code specific to the food rescue location where the display device is located. A driver scans the dynamic unique code with a handheld unit. Tracking information is recorded and transmitted from the handheld unit to a central server. The tracking information includes location information identifying the food rescue location of the food donation pickup based on the dynamic unique code scanned at the food rescue location and time information corresponding to when the unique code was scanned at the food rescue location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: FOOD DONATION CONNECTION, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Costigan
  • Publication number: 20140229397
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of facilitating charitable donations using a smart device comprises receiving a transaction amount, assigning the transaction amount into a transaction category, retrieving a donation amount associated with the transaction category, charging the transaction amount plus the donation amount to an account, transferring the transaction amount to complete the transaction, and transferring the donation amount into a donation accumulation account. Based on predefined criteria, a donation is made from the donation accumulation account to a second account which can be a charity account. In some embodiments the donation accumulation account is a virtual account. In some embodiments, a user provides customizable user preferences to the smart device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Fink
  • Publication number: 20140180951
    Abstract: A contribution aggregation system enables a user to purchase or otherwise acquire a block of one or more contribution units from which to contribute desired amounts to selected recipients. This may be performed, for example, by the user logging on to a Web site or other system interface provided by the contribution aggregation computer system and then selecting individual recipients to receive selected donation or contribution amounts. These amounts from various different contributors are then aggregated and totaled to enable a single contribution transaction to be made to the recipient including the amounts contributed to the recipient form the various contributors. The current balance of the contributor's block of one or more contribution units is tracked and the contributor may also input or select comments and/or conditions associated with their individual contributions to individual recipients to be sent to the recipient or otherwise published.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Cameron W. Soholt
  • Publication number: 20140164276
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system comprising a controller and a memory that stores program instructions executable by the controller. By executing the program instructions, the controller displays a plurality of pledge options including an associated task, wherein each associated task includes an assigned score. The controller also receives a selection of at least one pledge option, a pledge value associated with the pledge option, and user information from each a plurality of users, and to communicate the pledge option, the pledge value, and the user information to an entity associated with the pledge. Upon confirmation of a user completing the associated task, the controller generates a user score based on the sum of all the assigned scores of the associated tasks completed by the user. The controller also provides a dashboard displaying the user score for each of the plurality of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Sciberus, Inc.
    Inventor: Laron Andrion Walker
  • Publication number: 20140164275
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated, mobile device-based donations to charitable organizations including software operable on mobile communications devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Angela C. Lee
  • Publication number: 20140164277
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a community contribution index (CCI) for organizations and providing reports pertaining to the CCI for one or more organizations is described. The CCI for an organization is calculated based upon monetary donations provided by the organization and the members associated with the organization and the number of volunteer hours provided by the members. The CCI provides a standardized way to measure an organization's contributions to the community.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: OurGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Lawrence Good, Markus Hagen
  • Patent number: 8732092
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a fund raising method and system wherein a provider produces discount cards containing information such as the manufacturer ID, the family code, and the value code. The information may appear on the card in the form of a bar code, a magnetic strip or by any other commonly recognized means. Representatives of an organization sell the discount cards to interested parties. When those parties present the discount cards at an enrolled retailer at the time of check-out, the card is read by the reader which is in communication with the retailer's payment system. The holder is then credited a pre-specified percentage of the sale at the time of sale and a percentage of the sale is set aside by the retailer. On a periodic basis, the amount set aside by the retailer is paid to the provider whereupon the provider pays a pre-specified portion of that amount to the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Leo J Rourke
  • Publication number: 20140095404
    Abstract: A system for charitable giving. The system has a charitable network server that is operable to obtain from a transaction processing utility information relating to a transaction between a retailer and a user. The information corresponds to a donation amount to be directed from the retailer to a charity by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Emanuel Hines
  • Publication number: 20140081886
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of providing a sectorial donation service for a small-sum donor, which is performed using a service provision server that provides a donation service to a donor, the method, comprising: opening a virtual donation foundation for which a donation field and a targeted collection amount are fixed; receiving information about a virtual donation foundation and a collection amount selected and inputted from a user terminal and registering the user as a donor when payment for the contribution amount is completed; selecting a winner among donors when the total amount of contributions reaches the targeted collection amount; receiving information about a beneficiary among donation recipients falling in the donation field of the virtual donation foundation selected in the step (2) inputted from a winner terminal of the selected winner; and (5) performing donation of the collection amount in the name of the winner to the inputted beneficiary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Sung Je PARK, Soo Kyo PARK
  • Publication number: 20140058968
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for aggregating individual charitable contributions to fund public-space improvement projects as defined by consensus of the contributors and approved by a designated government officer, and by which service providers may submit competing bids for completing such projects, all by means of a charitable foundation formed for purposes of funding such projects and a website incorporating functions that address the formation and performance of contracts relating to such projects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Booth
  • Publication number: 20140058969
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for networked fundraising and communication includes a platform for conducting regional and even global fundraising events in real-time. Individuals and/or groups from different geographic areas can participate in real-time in the events via the internet. For some events, the system enables normalized competition. Plural organizations sponsor and/or conduct events utilizing the system. The system is flexible allowing organizations to set participant entry requirements and event rules. The system functions to collect the event proceeds which are distributed following the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Edward J. Kane
  • Publication number: 20140052504
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a fundraising/voting service is described. In one example, the method includes receiving user information, a candidate selection and a pledge amount, storing, by a processor, the user information, the candidate selection and the pledge amount, and determining, by the processor, an election influence associated with the candidate selection and the pledge amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jack Barron
  • Publication number: 20140046866
    Abstract: A computerized system for managing the distribution of charitable donations among a plurality of beneficiaries selectable by the donors or by authorized third parties, wherein the system comprises data input means (an Internet site) enabling donors or authorized third parties who access the system via the data input means to each select one or more beneficiaries or to alter their selection of beneficiaries to create a personal donation profile or PDP. The system is so arranged that when a given donor or authorized third party accesses the data input means to establish or modify a selected PDP, he can adopt at least one previously-established PDP such that successive donors or authorized third parties can likewise establish new or modified PDPs which adopt previously-established PDPs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: XPEREDON Group S.A.
    Inventors: Julian Otto Worth, David Andrew Hallett
  • Publication number: 20140046865
    Abstract: A collaborative giving system/method that coordinates the decimation and sharing of donor gifts within a cooperating group of donee recipients is disclosed. The system/method allows donee-specific donor databases to drive automated and spatially-distributed fundraising efforts for a collaborative project with donated funds being decimated and shared among collaborative donees while simultaneously guaranteeing that donor anonymity is maintained with respect to each individual donee-specific donor database. This donor/donee anonymity permits large groups of potentially diverse donors to be assembled to support collaborative projects while still maintaining donor privacy and donee autonomy. Within the context of this typical gifting application the disclosed system/method provides the necessary accounting interface and reports to ensure that the internal/external accounting/tax issues associated with the decimated gifting transaction are properly accounted for with the donor and all collaborating donees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Carl Christopher Tierney
  • Publication number: 20140046864
    Abstract: A virtual funding campaign method is disclosed. The method includes: executing instructions on a computing processor to electronically display a graphical user interface; receiving first pledge data of a first funder from at least one displayed field of the graphical user interface; receiving additional pledge data from at least one second funder from the at least one displayed field of the graphical user interface; modifying the first pledge data as a result of receiving the additional pledge data from the at least one second funder; after the modifying step, tabulating a pledge amount for the first funder that is related to the modified first pledge data; and electronically communicating the tabulated pledge amount to the first funder. A virtual funding campaign system is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ivan Frank, Adam Valentine, Derek Croft, Nathan Sarlow
  • Publication number: 20140040157
    Abstract: Offers are presented to one or more users of a crowdfunding platform based upon information gathered from multiple users' activities across one or more campaigns. An offer may be provided to the fundraiser based on a campaign category, a campaign keyword, a campaign profile, offer profile or user activity history. A user profile may be used to determine an offer by comparing the profile to attributes of one or more offers. The selected offer can be presented to users such as funders, fundraisers and others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ROCKETHUB INC.
    Inventors: Jedidiah S. Cohen, Brian Meece, Vladimir Vukicevic, Alon Hillel-Tuch
  • Publication number: 20140032438
    Abstract: An email payment gateway may be configured to send emails to potential donors. The emails may include mailto hyperlinks. Each mailto hyperlink may be associated with one or more fundraising campaigns, and each mailto hyperlink describes an email message that may be generated when that hyperlink is selected. When a mailto hyperlink is selected, the generated email message may include one or more parameters related to the fundraising campaign associated with the hyperlink, such as an identifier of the fundraising campaign, donor identity or donation amount. The generated email message may then be transmitted to the email payment gateway. The email payment gateway may receive the message and, based on the parameters in the received message, process the donation on behalf of the donor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: @Pay IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: John P. Killoran
  • Publication number: 20140025599
    Abstract: An e-fundraising system includes a mobile device and a server. The mobile device produces, or is configured to respond to, an indicator of one or more specific donation amounts. The mobile device sends a first message to the server in response to the indicator. The mobile device receives a second message in response to the sent first message. The mobile device receives a user input based on the received second message. The mobile device sends a third message to a server in response to the user input. A user of the mobile device donates a specific amount based on the sent third message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: @Pay IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: John P. Killoran
  • Publication number: 20140012771
    Abstract: A method of operating a sponsorship exchange system to connect sponsors with organizations or individuals within a community for the guided sponsorship from sponsors of organizations or individuals linked to a digital media network. A related method includes providing a system that includes a networked electronic forum for the submission and display of a sponsorship proposal, receiving and processing an electronic communication from a community organization or individual, where the communication indicates acceptance of the sponsorship proposal. Sponsors may be automatically awarded advertising as sponsorship proposals reach predetermined support levels. The method also includes automatically sending an electronic communication with information regarding the acceptance of the sponsorship proposal by the community organization or individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: VIGEOMEDIA, LLC
    Inventors: William R. Dunbar, Matthew Dennis Serpe
  • Publication number: 20130339263
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for generating a donation receipt. For example, in one embodiment, a method for generating a donation receipt is disclosed that includes receiving an email from a user that includes a receipt, parsing the receipt to gather information to identify an organization to determine whether a tax deductible donation was made, performing a query of a database containing information about known organizations using the information about the organization parsed from the receipt to identify the organization, generating the donation receipt that includes a tax identification number associated with the organization, and sending the donation receipt to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Philip Lockhart
  • Patent number: 8612863
    Abstract: A charity badge may be set up for a web site of a publisher. The publisher may indicate a charity organization that the publisher wants to support. The charity badge may not be visible until an event occurs. The event may be a disaster event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Hugo Olliphant
  • Publication number: 20130325736
    Abstract: A system for selling comprises allowing an item 10 to be purchased by a user, allowing at least one cause to be associated with the item, providing a dispersement indicator 12 to indicate to a user that purchasing of the item liberates a dispersement to at least one cause, and dispersing the dispersement to the at least one cause when the item 10 is purchased by the user. Preferably there is provided a user account for the user which may allow dispersement information to be viewed by the user. Preferably dispersement settings are alterable by the user. Preferably there is provided a link protocol so that user and cause can be linked when a dispersement is made by user to cause. In an alternative embodiment, spontaneous cause creation may be facilitated via the system, with users able to push a cause, dispersing to the cause via otherwise unrelated purchases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jethro Bennett
  • Publication number: 20130311391
    Abstract: A method of generating charitable donations without incurring marketing costs for the charity including the steps of making a donation to the charity and recording the donation amount in a computer database, paying a monthly fee to a redistribution pool and recording the monthly fee amount in a computer database, sponsoring a second member, calculating a redistribution amount based on a percentage from a lookup table from the redistribution pool based on the number of times the member appears in the database wherein a processor determines the redistribution amount, and paying the redistribution amount to the member. The charity may operate the invention directly under a license agreement, or contract with a marketing company that operates the invention, the fundraising efforts, generating donations to the charity and managing marketing. The method and system permit the charity to raise funds for charity while incurring no marketing expenses related to the fundraising.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jim Tuggle
  • Patent number: 8589309
    Abstract: A custom postage has an artwork region and an adjacent cancellation region that includes a meter mark. The artwork region contains an original image having a top edge adjacent to the cancellation region. The custom postage may be placed onto an item of mail with a delivery address thereon, with the custom postage oriented to the upper right of the delivery address and with the image in a vertical orientation relative to the delivery address. The custom postage may be offered for sale as a fundraising effort, optionally via a website. The website may also include a social citizenship program and/or it may promote literacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Castineiras Companies, LLC
    Inventor: George A. Castineiras
  • Publication number: 20130304591
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sponsoring an area of land are disclosed. Certain systems and methods may cause the display of areas of land that are available for sponsorship, receiving input identifying an area of land to sponsor, processing sponsorship of the identified area, and generating an interface for displaying the sponsored area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas P. Murray, William A. Hurst, III, Kevin Maloney
  • Publication number: 20130297521
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a computer-implemented method for donating one or more items to at least one recipient selected from a plurality of potential recipients is provided. The method comprises using at least one processor to perform presenting the donor with a plurality of items that a selected recipient desires to receive as a donation, receiving first input indicating the donor's selection of at least one item from the plurality of items, and interacting with the donor to allow the donor to donate at least a portion of the at least one selected item to the selected recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: David Campbell, Michael Stone
  • Publication number: 20130282610
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed for matching funding needs of an entity in need of a donation. The technology can receive information about a potential donor's desired donating requirements; store the captured information in a database; receive information about a nonprofit entity; receive from the nonprofit entity a request for a donation; automatically generate a list of matching potential donors, the list including the potential donor from which information was received, the list generated by matching the received information about the potential donor with the received information about the nonprofit entity; and enable a user of a Web site to accept or decline a donated item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Karen L. Hungerford, Lance Hungerford