Project name: Needslist
Type: Social enterprise
Refugee investment category: R3
Headquarters regions: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sector: Humanitarian Assistance
Summary: NeedsList is a global marketplace connecting individual and corporate donors with NGOs to create efficiency and transparency in their humanitarian aid system. NeedsList partners with local aid organizations to identify urgent needs and uses local suppliers who can deliver needs quickly and sustainably. Supporters can donate cash, purchase products, or volunteer directly on platform. NeedsList provides clear impact metrics in real-time allowing partner organizations to track activity and outcomes.
Potential refugee impact: Through NeedsList, supporters are able to fund a variety of humanitarian assistance needs including those focused on refugees. Needslist also enables governments, businesses, and aid organizations to better communicate needs on the ground and organize coordinated responses. By aggregating real-time data on needed supplies and volunteers, Needslist promotes collaborative humanitarian aid delivery, connecting businesses with vetted NGOs, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Catering to both individual and corporate donors, Needslist is a global marketplace for those committed to providing aid during times of critical need.
Investment thesis: Needslist earns revenue through commissions from enterprise users of the platform such as WeWork, Starbucks, and TripAdvisor along with affiliate suppliers such as Mpowerd, which creates inflatable solar lamps and goTenna which has developed offline mesh network technologies.
Structure: Needslist is a social enterprise based in Philadelphia, PA, founded by Natasha Freidus who has extensive experience in the public, non-profit, and private sector with a long-standing commitment to refugee and migration related issues.