Local technology startup focuses on supporting causes

"Crowdfunding is an excellent avenue to harness the power of community to raise money for creative upstarts, but what about nonprofits? Where do they turn? Local web developer, David Bilby, asked himself that question and came up with GoodBean – an application that rewards people for giving.

“What do people get for being nice, for supporting causes that need their help?” Bilby said. “GoodBean is a GoFundMe idea with a rewards component added.”

With a soft launch date set for September 15, GoodBean has already identified a handful of local businesses to partner with local causes. Dream Big Community Center has partnered with Battle Ground Fitness, Northwood Public House, Mill Creek Pub and the Battle Ground Burgerville. Individuals who donate to Dream Big will receive discounts ranging from 10 to 20 percent to $5 off an order.

While serving as development director for Columbia River Mental Health Services last year, Bilby began talking with colleagues about more effective ways to raise money and the roots of GoodBean sprouted from there. His rough concept won crowd favorite at Startup Weekend Vancouver, held at Clark College last January, and provided him with much-needed validation.

Nine months and 350 hours later, GoodBean is ready to open up for merchants and causes to register and promote their cause and rewards via social media, newsletters and other avenues.

“Nonprofit organizations are looking for tangible ways to reward donors to say thank you for caring about our organization,” Bilby said..."