What Happened to Pennies 4 Progress

A non-profit founded by a few college students scaled nationwide, raised lots of money for charity and then shut down.

Part 1: Starting Pennies 4 Progress

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Pennies 4 Progress started as a college project between a few undergraduates at N.C. State University in 2012 who wanted to help people raise money for the causes they care about.Our product's goal was simple: Help merchants enable donations at the point of sale, in-stor... Read More

Part 2: Scaling Pennies 4 Progress

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With funding secured, the team started looking for partners. Through some work with the United Way, we were introduced to a startup in San Francisco called GoodLabs. GoodLabs had already developed the integrations we needed with the major payment processors and a few high profile non-profit organ... Read More

Part 3: Shutting Down Pennies 4 Progress

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If you have read Part 1 and Part 2, you know Pennies 4 Progress started as a student project at N.C. State University then scaled into a national fundraising platform connecting 1,000's of merchants with 10,000's of trusted charitable organizations and schools.Unfortunately,... Read More