New Site Aims to Be YouTube for Charities
Bwindi Community Hospital right now has the most money. So once all the money is sent to Bwindi Community Hospital, the site will show video of Bwindi Hospital purchasing, delivering and setting up the mosquito nets. Tibet Vision Project will have video of the delivery, set-up and use of the microscope. And we will have video of Haiti Water delivering and installing the chlorinators to provide clean water. So that you can actually see where your donation went. It's very transparent. It's not like donating to some big organization and you don't know how the money is used.
FS: Can only nonprofits post videos?
LGM: We're calling it YouTube meets the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador program. So if you're traveling and you see that a village needs a well, that people are walking 10 miles a day to find water, you can send us a video of that, and we will try to match it with a nonprofit that can dig wells in that area. So it's not just limited to nonprofits who already have projects. We're trying to make it very open. We call it for the people, by the people so that anyone can see a need and we'll see if we can't match it up.
FS: What advice can you share with nonprofits for how to use the site?
LGM: Make a very concise video clip. I would do it in two or three minutes. I wouldn't do just photographs sliced together with music in the background. Have it be actual video. Make sure it fits within the guidelines of basic needs which is sanitation, health care, food, shelter; and I would have it fit within the money guidelines of $5,000 or less. And it has to be something tangible that can be filmed. A workshop is not going to work. [For example,] we were sent one [from] these people [who] build homes in Mexico for $5,000 or less. That's a great project. You can actually watch them building the home. So I would say it has to be tangible, [and something] that can be filmed, cause the whole point is you can see it.