The idea for Simply Giving developed from an experience.
An experience that sparked an idea, that sparked a discussion, that sparked an innovative concept, that today is SimplyGiving.com.au.
So what happened ...
Michael, one of our business managers, volunteered to help at a Christmas appeal sorting centre. He arrived at a huge warehouse filled with rows of tables, forklifts zooming around, stack after stack of parcels and multitudes of charity staff and helpers. He couldn't believe his eyes at the scale of the operation.
Michael was placed into one of several classifying teams. His job ... unpack mountains of parcels sent by generous donors and assess if the donated gifts were appropriate for those who would be receiving them. Gifts that were appropriate were to be classified and those that were not appropriate were to be disposed of.
Michael was intrigued as to what people sent - second hand products, broken products and inappropriate products. It also became obvious that the charity was receiving too many of one product and not enough of another. There was no doubt in his mind that all donations were well intentioned and of pure heart, but so many products were disposed of because they were simply inappropriate. Michael had a thought - "it would be great if charities could choose the most appropriate products for people to donate".
Michael worked side by side with Lucy, a charity staff member. Lucy was explaining that donations were down on last year and they were afraid of not collecting enough products to fulfill the needs of all the charity's causes. Michael had another thought - "if charities could eliminate the hassle for donors to package products and send them in the mail, and instead make it easy and convenient for people to give, perhaps donations would increase".
Michael bid farewell to Lucy as he was moved to the packing teams. From all those products deemed appropriate, Michael packed and prepared hampers to go out to those in need. Michael looked around at this huge operation involving equipment, storage, people, trucks and logistics and felt great to be a part of it, but couldn't help but think - "if only charities could avoid setting up these operations ... they are not logistics companies. It would save them money and resources and allow them to focus on their primary job of helping those in need".
After several hours of hard work Michael's day came to an end. He felt great for volunteering and helping those in need, but there was a nagging thought in his mind - surely the giving process could be done in a more simple manner that would benefit the charities, the donors and most importantly, those in need.
And thus, SimplyGiving.com.au was born ... with the goal to be Australia's most used and trusted online portal for charitable giving.
We are an Australian owned company with offices, showroom and distribution centre in Sydney. We have been operating over 10 years in niche market supply with a strong focus on product sourcing and logistics.
We have a very talented team of people and partners who all work hard to ensure SimplyGiving.com.au continues to offer its services and facilities for the good of needy kids.
Our ABN is 56 114 321 327.