Golden Volunteer Organizer

Automated volunteer recruitment, management, and tracking

Golden’s free dashboards are a turnkey way to do all your volunteer management easily from any device. Once you list your volunteer opportunities through Golden, all scheduling, background checks, communication tools, hour tracking, and visualization of real time impact and lots of other analytics is automated - no data entry!

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Hey guys, very cool to see our team's work up here on PH! We're very excited that some of our most powerful, signature features are now free for grassroots organizers. That includes volunteer hour tracking, data visualizations, communication tools, and other things that aren't automated, integrated, or free anywhere else. The goal here is to enable nonprofits, schools, foundations, and other community organizers to spend their resources working more on their missions and relationships and less on time consuming administrative processes. So we've been very diligent about moving manual, everyday tasks like recruiting, scheduling, coordinating, screening, tracking, reporting, and up to the usability standards Product Hunters come to expect from our favorite software. We've also tried to make everything visual and common sense, so you don't need any sort of tech background to get the job done. Our whole team is standing by here and happy to jump in the comments. Thanks!!
@sam_fankuchen Hey Sam, first time comment, long time fan. ;-) So Golden appears to be a great workflow management tool meets ATS. Is there a preferred use case I can review in the non-profit space?
@gbattle thanks for the comment! The most common use case for organizations today is for posting public and private opportunities to attract new and existing volunteers. The beauty of the system is that from the point of posting forward, everything is automated. That's great for making things like background checks a synchronous part of an onboarding process. The biggest deal about this release is that volunteer hour tracking, and program productivity visualization is all live. So for someone who used to spend all day on the phone and in email coordinating people and with a clipboard tracking hours, now you just post an opportunity and then look at your Insights visualizations. No data entry!
@sam_fankuchen Really liking all the automation this provides. Can you provide more details on the communication tools within the platform?
@margaret_prowitt sure thing! So the main idea is that this can be used in conjunction with whatever works for an organizer - such as email services or CRMs. Additionally, whenever you update a Golden Opportunity, the updated details are automatically pushed to your registered volunteers and their calendars etc. It's also pretty easy to send push, sms, and email communications directly through the platform. All of that is free! As a volunteer or organizer, what sort of communication do you think might be most helpful?
@sam_fankuchen email is usually the easiest way to reach people in the group I work with but a lot of times info gets lost in long email chains. Having a central place to track details or note where to find info would be really helpful.

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Where do you draw the line between social entrepreneurship and regular charity work? What defines a social entrepreneur? I'd love to hear your thoughts, as social entrepreneurship seems to be all the buzz lately.
@stomb What's more popular right now - crypto or social entrepreneurship?!?! Just kidding. I'm sure that many people have many answers for that, but I'd say that "charity work", which I'll refer to as non-profit work, is just a subset of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs, whether they are for- or non-profit, are chasing new ideas and are hell-bent on bringing positive change to the world. I'd say that anyone with a new or growing entity that is looking to create change first and foremost is a social entrepreneur. As long as they are innovating and promoting new solutions, they fit that title. Here at Golden, we've been lucky enough to work with a lot of people working on a lot of different missions. We saw many of the same challenges facing non-profits come up again and again - mostly around recruiting and organizing new supporters. So we set out to build infrastructure to help other people looking to achieve social missions. How would you define social entrepreneur?
@stomb @stephen_sherrill, echoing Stephen's sentiments. Social entrepreneurship has many forms - new ventures, ideas in existing organizations, in nonprofit, for profit, and government sectors. I was very lucky to study Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford. My main take away is to think about how to create as much social value or address a need with as much scale as possible, and that can dictate which corporate structure your enterprise takes. For us, we want to enable organizers to reach their goals as efficiently as possible. So we are interested in developing the best software, automation, and ML possible to free up their time to be spent more directly on their programs. It can be expensive to do the sort of R&D we need to do, and to properly recruit and incentivize world class talent to do their best work. So the natural approach for Golden was to enable a system that's free to use for the core features, and then generate revenue from the enhanced features. When users want automated hierarchical reporting, live CRM integrations, fundraising tools and other analytical and cash producing features, we charge modest fees to enable the services. These fees allow us to deliver the highest quality product and customer service. @stomb, any thoughts on your end?
@stephen_sherrill Thank you for the reply! I agree that social entrepreneurship is defined by a commitment to promoting sustainable social change. You mentioned that social enterprise can be both for profit and non profit. I'm wondering how you think profit generation and the social cause of a venture should be balanced? Can a for-profit entity drive social change to the extent that a non-profit can? What is Golden's philosophy on this issue?
@stomb I'd say for sure that a for-profit can help FACILITATE social change - just look at the use of platforms like Twitter in the Arab Spring. Can a for-profit DRIVE social change? Driving social change requires being on the minority side of things for a while, which is not great for business! But facilitating social change is just as important as driving it. I don't think you'll see too many private sector leaders have the impact of an MLK, Jr., Mother Theresa, etc. but private sector leaders can definitely tip the balance (see Apple, Youtube, Spotify etc. re: Alex Jones and Infowars this week). At Golden, we think that social sector leaders haven't had the tools that they need. So we're here to provide that support, to facilitate their missions.