What if someone combined Amazon.com, Craigslist, and Angie's List to create a local and charitable online marketplace? What if you could buy and sell things to and from your friends and neighbors, and a portion of profits would go directly to local schools? You might not be aware, but this magical place already exists, and it's called Swopboard.com.
SwopBoard is headquartered in Seattle, and founded by Natalie Angelillo when she needed to sell a large American Girl dollhouse and buy her son ski boots by the end of the week.
"SwopBoard aims to answer everyday needs for families in addition to providing a meaningful fundraising service to schools," said Angelillo. "It connects you to people in your community that have what you are looking for, and I personally feel a lot safer dealing with someone in my neighborhood than a complete stranger."
So do many others. SwopBoard reports that in just two months, 500 schools in 14 different states have signed up and listed thousands of items for sale.
It's free to list an item on SwopBoard and users can donate up to 100% of the net proceeds to their school of choice. The minimum is 10%, and in the past two months users have averaged donating around 46% of their sales to their school.