WATERLOO – iNotForProfit, an emerging leader in smartphone app creation for the philanthropic sector, announced last night that it would be providing mobile apps to the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). This newly formed partnership was unveiled during the 2013 OVCN INNOVATION and ACTION! Conference.
OVCN is the voice of volunteerism in Ontario. Their goal is to take Ontario volunteerism to the next level. Through their network, Volunteer Centres can build upon their capacity, enabling them to increase the quantity and quality of their programs. The OVCN is constantly looking for new ways to elevate Ontario volunteerism, from engaging youth to seniors to inspiring entire communities.
iNotForProfit will help OVCN members develop their mobile marketing and communication strategy through the development of apps designed to reach next generation, skilled professional and boomer volunteers. iNotForProfit apps, free to users, and available for iOS, BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms, will now be offered to all OVCN endorsed Volunteer Centre Members OVCN apps will offer a dedicated section where volunteers can easily access Volunteer Centre information, volunteer opportunities, along other things such as push notification to send reminders and update messages. Push notifications have been shown to double retention rates.
“Noticing the rising prevalence of mobile users, the increasing youth dependence on mobile, and given Ontario’s mandate to provide a provincial network and voice to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario to promote and develop volunteerism, we partnered with OVCN to help make an impact. Together we are offering a new way to help volunteer organizations increase volunteer engagement and make getting involved easier and more accessible,” says Jonathan Grover, CEO of iNotForProfit. “The OVCN is clearly a leader in transforming volunteerism and pioneering a new digital age of philanthropy. For close to a year we have been actively working with two members of OVCN, the Volunteer Action Centre in Kitchener-Waterloo and Volunteer Halton, to lead the way. Both organizations have already had great success in piloting their own apps, created for them by iNotForProfit,” says Grover.
“We saw a need in the community,” says Manon Germain, Network Manager, OVCN. “Our members needed a better approach to engage the growing mobile community, and their constituents. They wanted an easier method to stay connected and up-to-date with opportunities. Our goal is to increase impact and awareness of volunteerism. And with the 7th Change The World – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge being extended to 6 weeks to engage high school students in volunteerism, we knew the time was now to make the move to introduce a mobile app to our membership,” says Germain.