An Albany based technology company is launching a grant program to area non-profit organizations. The company, iZoca, is a community based networking Web site.
To encourage local and regional non-profits to drive their staff, members and stakeholders to utilize iZoca, CEO Jeff Goronkin has developed a grant program to provide monetary assistance to help these organizations meet their daily service needs and goals, according to iZoca.
Groups that achieve 100 members receive $500 and groups that get 200 members receive $1,000.
The company is planning to fund at least 10 organizations with $10,000 in grants. They must service the Capital District and have at least 100 volunteers, according to iZoca.
"Instead of spending our marketing budget on more conventional, and arguably, frivolous items such as T-shirts and pens, we wanted to set up a program that can really make a difference for our Capital Region community," Goronkin said.
Susan Bardack, a representative of iZoca said Big Brothers and Sisters of the Capital Region participated in the grant application process on Friday, April 10, and have gained 78 members as of Monday, April 13.
The Empire State Youth Orchestra have 170 members, and other organizations, such as the Make A Wish Foundation and Blue Star Mothers, a support group for families with loved-ones overseas, also expressed interest in the grant program, Bardack said.