MyFiki was founded by Rafik Tawadrous and Tara Fardellone. It started off as a way for Tawadrous and Fardellone to help struggling nonprofits continue their mission by providing them with goods and services they needed to maintain their organization. According to Tawadrous; “The main issue is that most organizations are starved for time and money, and they have to decide how to prioritize - do what they need to in order to keep running in survival mode, or, dedicate time to vetting the many marketing options with which they are bombarded by companies, at a cost.” MyFiki is free for nonprofits to join and according to Tawadrous, “once they see our value, they usually come on board and continue to receive free help.” MyFiki is active in seven states with plans on expanding both nationally and internationally over time.
When a user goes to the website it clearly states what MyFiki’s mission is and how a potential user can benefit from the website whether they want to donate goods or sign their organization up to receive goods. From there they can review participating nonprofits, learn more about them and their goals, and then view their wish list all on MyFiki.
Whether you’re a donor wanting to help or a nonprofit wishing to join MyFiki all you need is an electronic device such as a tablet, computer, or telephone. Tawadrous writes; “All of our interfaces are mobile optimized so that nonprofits who don’t have a website or mobile friendly website, don’t have to invest cash to bring their mission into the iDigital age.”
Ease of Use:
Navigating MyFiki is easy and that was one of the goals of MyFiki. “We set MyFiki up with a clean, simple, and functional user interface so nonprofits/users don’t get lost,” Tawadrous states. The userface is well set up so a donor can explore different nonprofits and view their individual wish list. Once an item is chosen, the user simply purchases it the same way they would purchase an item from Amazon for themselves. Once they click submit, the user’s job is finished. They’ve helped an organization stay afloat without ever having to leave their couch.
MyFiki is a platform which enables nonprofit organizations to receive goods and services they need to help their constituents. Donors can go on to MyFiki’s website and research potential charities and their wish list. If they see something they want to donate, they are directed to Amazon where they can finish purchasing the item. MyFiki is a way to donate goods and services as opposed to just money.
It’s an alternative for those who want to help but may not have a significant amount of money to donate. Even purchasing a small item can mean a difference to these nonprofits
Userface is clean and easy to use
MyFiki is still new but I do think it has the potential to be a great organization that helps nonprofits get the supplies they need but otherwise could not afford. They do have plans to expand to states and countries where Amazon is accepted. Partnering with Amazon, I think the possibilities are endless.
I am concerned that they don’t require a EIN number. Anyone can just create a fake website and a fake organization and then accept donations. As they expand, they should have the EIN number mandatory.