You can be on Entrepreneur’s cover!

Kickstarter Co-Founder's Next Chapter: A Nonprofit Discovery Platform Perry Chen has been working with a team of volunteers every Monday night for the last year to come up with an organization that helps people discover and support nonprofits for $1 a day.

By Catherine Clifford

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Dollar a Day

If you had to name five quality nonprofit organizations, other than the Red Cross, could you? That's exactly the point behind Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen's newest venture, Dollar a Day, which launches today.

Dollar a Day is a subscription-based donation service meant to bring awareness and support to a host of nonprofits. Every day, members receive a newsletter featuring a nonprofit and a short description of its mission. Everyone who is registered as a contributing member automatically donates $1 to each nonprofit each day, regardless of the nonprofit, for a total monthly charge of $30. People can opt to receive the daily email without choosing to donate, instead using the service as an information discovery platform.

Why You Should Never Cross Your Arms Again

Dollar A Day homepage
Image credit: Dollar A Day

Related: 6 Ways to Do Well by Doing Good

Nonprofits featured on Dollar a Day will fall into one of six buckets: education, health, economic development, arts and culture, environment, and human rights. The next 60 nonprofits slated to be featured will be presented on the website. The nonprofits are chosen for their innovative approach to solving issues that don't traditionally get enough attention.

Today, for its kickoff, Dollar a Day is featuring a nonprofit called ShelterBox, an organization that delivers customized aid boxes to people devastated by natural disasters.

Related: Social Entrepreneurship Has Unexpected Benefits for the Bottom Line

Donations are processed by the fundraising technology suite of services Network for Good, which charges a 4 percent transaction charge. Dollar a Day has an option for donating members to pay more than a dollar each day to offset the transaction costs.

Chen, the biggest name connected with the project, is also one of three founding members of the donation-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and currently serves as its chairman of the board. He worked with five other people to launch Dollar a Day, which is itself a nonprofit, every Monday for a year. Two people will be devoted to Dollar a Day full time, and the rest of the organization will be managed through donated time, between five and 10 hours per week, by the board members.

Related: 3 Ways to Remain Dedicated to Your Mission

Catherine Clifford

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC

Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Business Solutions

Scan Easier and More Affordably with This 20% Discount

iScanner is a mobile app that makes document management, editing, and sharing easier.

Business News

This Fan-Favorite Masters 2024 Item Is Still $1.50 as Tournament Menu Appears Unscathed by Inflation

The pimento cheese sandwich is a tradition almost as big as the tournament itself.

Business News

I Designed My Dream Home For Free With an AI Architect — Here's How It Works

The AI architect, Vitruvius, created three designs in minutes, complete with floor plans and pictures of the inside and outside of the house.

Side Hustle

This Dad Started a Side Hustle to Save for His Daughter's College Fund — Then It Earned $1 Million and Caught Apple's Attention

In 2015, Greg Kerr, now owner of Alchemy Merch, was working as musician when he noticed a lucrative opportunity.

Business News

Adobe's Firefly Image Generator Was Partially Trained on AI Images From Midjourney, Other Rivals

Adobe gave bonus payments to people who contributed to the Adobe Stock database to train its AI, even those who submitted AI-generated images.