Andrew Stanley developed VolunteerMark to work with non-profit companies that align with his Christian faith.
Lucky for Stanley and his business partner, they met someone who not only shared that passion, but also had the means to help them make it bigger.
WonderWe, a software provider to nonprofits, acquired VolunteerMark and its technology to schedule volunteers for events, and create reports about programs. But WonderWe took VolunteerMark’s technology a step further and incorporated a crowdsourcing platform, too.
Stanley met with WonderWe founder Dominic Ismert in the spring when they learned about their shared interests, and ultimately that led to the acquisition.
Ismert is the former chief financial officer for Sioux Chief, a plumbing manufacturer, Stanley said. In addition to leading WonderWe, Ismert is president of Kansas City-based Quartermaster Marketing.
“His idea was to build a Twitter meets GoFundMe so you can control your following and have multiple campaigns designed specifically for nonprofits so they have a home,” Stanley said. “This is a new way to raise money. It’s a new way for nonprofits to leverage crowdfunding to meet their goals.”
Stanley now serves as the chief product officer for WonderWe. The business is registered in Missouri but created a foundation to support nonprofits from anywhere.
While he declined to comment on the acquisition’s value, Stanley said that the deal worked out for the best for VolunteerMark’s almost 30 nonprofit clients.