What is Place2Give?
Place2Give Foundation is a registered charitable foundation in Canada and the United States. Place2Give.com is a donor-centered charity search engine. It provides donors with the tools they need to search, evaluate and give to Canadian and American charities that align with their passions.
Our unique algorithms provide customized analysis on the abundance of data present in the charity sector across North America. This analysis allows our users to accurately see how the charities they are interested in operate and perform, thus letting them make an informed decision about how best to allocate their philanthropic dollars.
There are six criteria that feed our algorithms:
- Program Implementation
- Community Engagement
Not all the information we have about a charity is made public on our site, however, everything we have can be found in the public domain.
Place2Give.com is primarely a research tool for financial advisors, estate planners, private family offices, and everyday individuals with personal giving plans. Additional philanthropy resources and services can be found at Dexterity Consulting and more information about how our philanthropy technology is being used by other companies can be found at Dexterity Ventures Inc.
Place2Give is tackling a number of goals:
- To integrate big data for the North American charitable sector using our algorithms and perspective data analysis
- To provide a values-based resource for donor decision-making
- To improve financial advisors’ workflow pertaining to their clients’ philanthropic investments
- To streamline grant application and reporting processes
- To help charities articulate their Key Performance Indicators
- To provide third parties aggregated data on the charitable sector
How did Place2Give start?
Place2Give was founded by Gena Rotstein in Calgary, Canada in November of 2010 out of Dexterity Consulting. Gena has worked extensively in the non-profit space in Canada and the United States for over 20 years and recognizes a need for the collection and use of charity big data, which is why she founded Place2Give.
After years of working with donors and charities, she envisions a technology that will be able to automate what she is doing for her clients. She pictures a system that will use an algorithm that would automatically match donors to charities based on a giving and charity profile.
Since its launch, Place2Give has become North America’s most comprehensive charitable database of both publicly and privately sourced charity data in North America.
Where is the charity data from?
Place2Give draws from several public data sets.
- For Canadian charities we receive data from Imagine Canada (charities that have adopted the Ethical Fundraising Code), Charity Intelligence, and The Canada Revenue Agency.
- For American charities we receive data from the IRS, Guidestar, Charity Navigator, Global Giving, Annual Reports, Network for Good, Charities.org and Give Well.
In addition we also receive data for both American and Canadian organizations from various social media platforms for real-time information, Google News Feed, donor feedback, and the charities themselves to provide you, the donor, with the information to make an informed charitable decision.
At Place2Give we look beyond the financials of the charitable organizations in order to help them tell their stories better. We gather information on the following six benchmarks:
- Good & effective governance
- Diversified revenue stream
- Strong & transparent financial management
- Clear understanding and ability to execute on Mission, Vision and Mandate
- Volunteer engagement
- Strong administration & management team
We encourage charities to share as much information as possible with Place2Give so donors can make more informed charitable decisions.
- Place2Give Foundation 2015 Year End Financials - Statement of Financial Position
- Place2Give Foundation 2014 Year End Financials - Statement of Financial Position
- Place2Give Foundation 2013 Year End Financials - balance sheet
- Place2Give Foundation 2013 Year End Financials - profit and loss
thecardthat.gives is a charity GIVE card. It is sold at retail outlets in Canada and online. Cards can be redeemed as charitable transactions to any registered charity in Canada.
How much does it cost?
The card comes in several denominations ranging from $10 to $100. The purchaser of the card will receive the tax receipt for the face-value of the card. The recipient gets the pleasure of giving.
Place2Give Foundation charges an Activation Fee of $2.75 for ultra-thick cardstock cards and $3.75. This fee covers the printing of the card, development of the e-commerce platform and tax receipting fees. Upon transferring funds out to the charities a 8% fee is held back to cover administration fees and bank transfer fees.
For more information and to purchase your cards please visit www.thecardthat.gives.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Gena Rotstein is one of Canada’s leading experts in Social Enterprise. She is the founder of Dexterity Ventures, the umbrella company of Dexterity Consulting, Canada’s first philanthropic brokerage firm, and Place2Give.com, the ground-breaking aggregator of charity big data.
With over 15 years of non-profit work experience throughout Canada and the United States, Gena has evolved into an expert matchmaker between businesses, philanthropists, and the myriad of ways they contribute to the charitable sector. Her in-depth understanding of social values matches people to organizations through the KARMA & CENTS™ model thereby fulfilling their philanthropic vision ensuring they receive the biggest bang for their social ‘buck’. In addition, Gena is building on her social enterprise expertise and is currently working with other social entrepreneurs and financiers to establish new funding models for social businesses.
UX Designer/Front-End Developer
As a UX Designer, front-end developer, WordPress guru, and social media expert; Connor brings over ten years within the web design and development industry. He has leveraged his skills to help numerous businesses, non-profits and political campaigns make the most of their online presence. He has worked with clients on a variety of project in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Austin, TX. He has also been featured as an online expert for Metro Calgary, Global Calgary, CBC Alberta and was a speaker at SXSW 2010. And when he's not pushing pixels, digesting the latest trends in user experience design or helping to strengthen various online communities, Connor is also known as, the founder of yycApps and the creator of The AlbertaTweets Project.