Wednesday 2 September, 2015
Good Thnx adds 20 new charities in first six weeks
The first update to Good Thnx, an Australian app that is creating a world with more gratitude, was launched by Good Thnx Foundation today with the addition of 20 new Australian charity partnerships.
Collectively, the new charities are joining the founding charity partners in inviting over 1 million Aussies to say “thnx” and reward good in the community by using smartphones to unleash the power of gratitude and make a positive difference in the world. It works like this:
- a) Someone does something nice for you, or good for the world (the Good)
- b) You reward them by pre-donating money for their chosen charity (the Thnx)
Co-Founder, Shannon Poulton, says that the Good Thnx platform enables people to send a "thnx" to anyone, which includes a short message and an amount to go to charity.
"The person you thank is notified and they choose which charity gets the money," Mr Poulton said.
"This simple idea of embracing the power of gratitude and appreciation is already proving to be a positive behavioural loop, encouraging more acts of kindness, with over $15,000 raised for charity in the first six weeks," he said.
Poulton and fellow co-founder Ante Juricin, together with the founding charity partners, have been working with an advisory board of Australians with world-class experience in Internet technology, consumer behaviour and social innovation1:
- Alan Noble, Engineering Director, Google Australia and New Zealand
- Adam Ferrier, Global Chief Strategy Officer, and consumer psychologist at cummins&partners
- David Paterson, Chief Innovation Officer, World Vision Australia.
New charity partner, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation CEO Dr Judith Slocombe, said the organisation felt honoured to be considered in such a wonderful and engaging initiative.
"Good thnx is an exciting new way for people to donate to the Foundation and help us protect children from violence and bullying across Australia," Dr Slocombe said. "Every dollar does make a difference and helps us deliver important programs such as Buddy Bags, eSmart Digital Licence, Children Ahead, and eSmart Schools and Libraries."
Australians can go to www.goodthnx.me and say thnx straight from their web browser (on mobile and desktop), or download and use the free Android app.
Thanks to a successful campaign on Aussie crowdfunding website Chuffed.org, the first 10,000 users are being credited with $1 on their account to get started on rewarding good, saying thnx and changing the world.
Goodthnx.me is open for all Australian charities with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status to join.
1 Advisory Board members are involved with Good Thnx in their own time, in a private capacity.
Founding charity partners
- RSPCA South Australia
- St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria
- World Vision Australia
The 20 new charities/organisations
- Alannah and Madeline Foundation
- Australian Refugee Association
- Beacon Foundation
- Enable Australia
- Engineers Without Borders
- Father Bob Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity SA
- Junction Australia
- Mind Shift
- Phoenix Australia
- Rebuild Independence Group
- Seniors and Silkies
- South Australian Museum
- The Orange Pigeon
- Windmill Theatre
- World Animal Protection
- We've made it clearer to say thnx and added a global feed so that you can see every good.
- Updated the thnx process so that you are no longer asked to signup first. Simply pick a charity/organisation.
- Welcomed more charities/organisations and they are categorised.
Good Thnx was developed by Good Thnx Pty Ltd, a community minded business headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, that applies commercial and technical disciplines for social good.
Goodthnx.me was built to make it much easier to give small amounts (micro-donations) to good causes while also significantly lowering the associated fundraising costs of registered charities. With goodthnx.me, there is no direct cost for a charity to be listed, nor for the receipt of donations. 100% of the intended donation passes through. It's also free for users to access online or via free apps to download.
To make goodthnx.me work, the Good Thnx Foundation (www.goodthnxfoundation.org) was created. Good Thnx Foundation is a non-profit public ancillary fund, which means that it collects donations (also called 'gifts') from the public into its Gift Fund and then distributes those donations to charities and other organisations who have deductible gift recipient status under item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).
Goodthnx.me is now open for all Australian charities with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status to join.