Suitability of an Organisation
The criteria that is used to determine the suitability of an organisation is a combination of some or all of the following factors. Some of the items below are used to build up a picture of the initiative rather than being the sole determining factor of an organisation’s inclusion or not. We screen an initiative using the following criteria:
- initiatives that promote religion, military or political parties for the sake of promoting such issues are not included, eg The Bible Site, whilst those where the initiative is religion, military or politically based that do good for the sake of doing good are included eg. Tools With A Mission
- obviously no pornography or sites that include such adult nature are included: period.
- websites are checked on a daily basis to determine whether they are still current or indeed have not been transferred, sold or taken over by a web domain that promotes inappropriate content. If there is a problem with the website it is monitored for a further month and if the problem still persists, omitted from Help From Home (unless of course it is discovered straightaway that’s it’s displaying inappropriate content, in which case it is omitted immediately)
Website’s Functionality, Accessibility & Legibility
- is an initiative’s website well laid out? A poorly laid out one rings alarm bells regarding the dedication and commitment to their cause and therefore warrants deeper investigation.
- is there a contact address or email where participants can contact the initiative with a question or a problem?
- each website is personally checked and where applicable, registered with to check it’s functionality or appropriateness beyond the initial ‘gloss’ of it’s homepage.
- if a website or initiative doesn’t feel ‘right’ or doesn’t stack up to the above criteria, then they are contacted via email or very occasionally by Skype. If no response is received, they’re not included on HFH or if their answers don’t stack up, they’re also not included.
- 99% of the initiatives are sourced by Help From Home either from blogs or media articles. The credibility of the source of info about an initiative in turn lends weight to the credibility / suitability of an initiative, eg. initiatives have been sourced from articles from The Guardian (UK) or the Huffington Post (US). If the source is a blog and other people have commented on their experience in a positive way with an initiative, then this will also lend weight to it’s credibility.
- if a website has too many adverts on it’s action pages, then it might be omitted. The Greater Good Network click to donate actions are on the borderline of this criteria, but are included on the HFH site because of the enormous ‘good’ this organisation achieves.
Impact, Results & Achievements
- do they publish stats on the amount of ‘good’ they have achieved eg. amount of money raised or perhaps amount of petitions signed?
- how many followers do they have on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter? Are their messages about selling a product or purely about promoting a cause.
- has the initiative won any awards and where appropriate, who are they funded by?
- is it a registered charity with a recognised national charity body eg. Charity Commission in the UK, 501(c) registered in the US etc?
- the longevity of the scheme. Help From Home has been involved in the microvolunteering arena since 2006 and over time a picture has been built up of what ‘good’, some initiatives are achieving eg. Distributed Proofreading
We hope the above provides enough assurance with regards to the measures we use to determine an organisation’s suitability for inclusion on the Help From Home database.