What impact have you had?
On a personal level, many people have experienced a change in mental well being and health by using the site. Simply put, saying thank you on a daily basis will change who you are.
We have launched a volunteer program called RecognizeGood Community Reporters. These volunteers will actively search for “good” in our community and report their findings on the website. We have found RecognizeGood to be an extremely useful tool for nonprofit organizations to use in thanking donors, volunteers, staff members and to promote programs. We are implementing a city-wide contest in August called iwitnessgoodness and the Mayor has adopted Recognizegood as one of his key initiatives during his term in office. The mayor will launch the iwitnessgoodness contest. TV anchors are serving as judges. Our goal is to #1 City in the World for the Most Recorded Acts of Kindness.
We have recruited 100 Recognizegood Community Reporters to date. These volunteers and community members have submitted 1000 stories of kindness on RecognizeGood. We are receiving inquiries from many states. We have received 75,000 in seed funding in addition to website development that was contributed by our corporate partner TyRex Group.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
We will expand geographically to the rest of the nation during the next year. The Samaritan Center is one of 500 Samaritan Center's nationwide and each one will be given an opportunity to host the RecognizeGood program in their city. We believe that reaching critical mass is critical to our success. We have defined this as 1000 stories per week. Sponsorship is also vital. We are searching for 5 local sponsors and 5 national sponsors. Continued website development is important to keep individuals coming back to the site for inspiration and to maintain interest.
Year 1: Reach critical mass of 1000 stories per week.
Year 2: Expand geographically to 30 cities
Year 2: Acquire 5 local sponsors
Year 2: Reach critical mass of 5,
Year 3: Expand geographically to 100 cities
Year 3: Acquire 5 national sponsors
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Lack of adequate funding could prevent this program from being a success.