Review: IdeaList.org

IdeaList.org is an online resource that is making a difference in our world by connecting thousands of people every day with information from over 33,000 organizations from 165 countries. This site serves an online community of people interested to contributing to a greater good and supporting social action that enhances the quality of life for people all around the world.

Whereas many internet sites support individuals in creating communities for social causes, this site helps individuals locate the sites best suited for their particular passion and vision.

IdeaList started in 1995 with the idea of building a network of volunteer opportunities and nonprofit services in communities all around the world. They saw the value in having one directory that would make all the nonprofit resources easily accessible to the millions of people that were already online.

Their stated mission is to “connect people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. They are guided by their desire to “find practical solutions to social and environmental problems in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect”.

On IdeaList you can search for resources by topic, geographic location, or the name of an organization. If you’ve always dreamed of making a difference in Africa, now you can by searching IdeaList and finding the perfect organization and opportunity for you.

You may discover that virtual volunteering would suit your lifestyle. With virtual volunteering you get to do your volunteer work from your own computer when you choose. Some of the typical virtual volunteer job opportunities that are available include:
• Web development
• Translations
• Press release
• Proofreading
• Writing
• Graphic design
• Research
• Creating online forums
• Writing emails
• Sponsor support
• Database management

Developing countries have a great need to build strong communities in order to deal with the challenges of poverty, disease, chaotic environment. At the same time, an underdeveloped country may lack the local resource necessary too create strong communities. By searching through IdeaList and becoming a virtual volunteer you will be part of a growing online community of people making a difference in the world.