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Today’s Big Idea: Helpnik — crowdsourced tech support for NPOs

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Pro bono efforts like GiveCamp that build web sites and applications to empower non-profits are awesome. But things go bump in the night. Stuff breaks. Without ongoing support, training and resources after the site goes live that shiny new web site can erode and rot, and maybe become a messy liability.

Helpnik┬áis a crowdsourced resource to offer support services to non-profit web sites and web applications. Volunteers (helpniks) work for egoboo, whuffie, brownie points and gold stars, and — with the backing of generous sponsor organizations — the opportunity to win both recognition for their work, and real rewards.

Helpnik is a Big Idea. But it needs the support of some like-minded thinkers and doers to get off the ground. Want in? Sign up in the comments here, use the contact form yonder, or reply on Twitter… whatever’s most convenient, you rockstar, you.

Author: deCadmus

Doug Cadmus is a usability guy, writer and sometime dramatist who moved to Vermont for the coffee, where he's the Web Guy for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. When not writing, reading, or tapping out haiku-like Twitter posts, he roasts coffee in his garage.

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