Causeway started as an online platform that connected unmet needs with people who wanted to help -- a website where people with ideas could drum up funding and support, and those who wanted to help could decide how to pitch in.
If you are already doing great things for Huntsville, we want to highlight your project and give you the opportunity to receive more funding and resources. If you are looking for ways to do great things for Huntsville, we want to help share your cause with our local community.
a. causeway is a startup, in nearly every sense of the word.
b. causeway is also a new kind of charity one whose goal is to make it easy for Huntsvillians to help other Huntsvillians and to help the community to help itself. it’s also a startup and a work in progress (thus the “beta” language), and, with your help, it will keep getting better. Here are some of the who, what,where and hows:
causeway is supported by a growing network of Huntsvillians who believe in an entrepreneurial approach to everything, including community service.
we believe that if things are going to improve, Huntsvillians need to take ownership, as if Huntsville was our business - because it is.
causeway is a civic engagement hub a platform for pairing worthy causes with ways to address them. our goal is to support civic entrepreneurs, the civic equivalent of the scrappy, hardworking small businessperson who sees an opportunity to make something work better, and in this case, the community is the one who profits.
now. we’re now officially a 501(c)(3) organization and, like a startup, we’re doing what we can with what we've got. with the community’s help and feedback, causeway will continue to improve over time.
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simply put, we believe where there’s a cause, there’s a way (thus the name...). we want to help connect community causes with the best ways to address them, efficiently. We want to focus on results, good and bad-- so the community can learn from both, and Huntsville can keep getting better and better.
Huntsvillians can create a profile, then post causes that are important to them on causewayhsv.org and a way to address them. other Huntsvillians can weigh in with their ideas, contribute to their favorite causes, and choose the projects they think are best. basically, it is a place to rally behind and contribute to things that matter locally, to make things happen, and a place for Huntsvillians to help ourselves.
i. anything else?
causeway is a 501(c)(3) public charity. this means, among other things, that your contributions are tax deductible. when you contribute to a cause, our goal is to pass 100% of your contributions to the cause, and let you track results, transparently.
as for causeway itself, you are free to give directly to causeway, which will help us stick to our goal of being an efficient, transparent, results-oriented civic engagement platform.
finally, since we are a scrappy startup, we are going to make mistakes-- the website may have bugs, our language may be obtuse, and we may need to go through 2-3 different iterations of our model before it really makes sense to you. let us know. like a startup, we plan to listen to you--our users-- to get better, all the time. our ultimate goal is to help Huntsvillians help themselves, and we may need some of that help early on to get it right.
thank you, Huntsville. let’s see what we can do together.