US20100180187A1 - Online donation management system - Google Patents

Online donation management system Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20100180187A1
US20100180187A1 US12/627,305 US62730509A US2010180187A1 US 20100180187 A1 US20100180187 A1 US 20100180187A1 US 62730509 A US62730509 A US 62730509A US 2010180187 A1 US2010180187 A1 US 2010180187A1
Authority
US
United States
Prior art keywords
item
organization
web site
donor
requester
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US12/627,305
Inventor
Eric Neil Miller
William C. Standifer, IV
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Donate net Inc
Original Assignee
Donate net Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Priority to US17893200P priority Critical
Priority to US09/770,599 priority patent/US7627483B2/en
Application filed by Donate net Inc filed Critical Donate net Inc
Priority to US12/627,305 priority patent/US20100180187A1/en
Publication of US20100180187A1 publication Critical patent/US20100180187A1/en
Application status is Abandoned legal-status Critical

Links

Images

Classifications

    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q20/00Payment architectures, schemes or protocols
    • G06Q20/04Payment circuits
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q20/00Payment architectures, schemes or protocols
    • G06Q20/08Payment architectures
    • G06Q20/12Payment architectures specially adapted for electronic shopping systems
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q20/00Payment architectures, schemes or protocols
    • G06Q20/22Payment schemes or models
    • G06Q20/24Credit schemes, i.e. "pay after"
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • G06Q30/0279Fundraising management
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/06Buying, selling or leasing transactions
    • G06Q30/0601Electronic shopping

Abstract

A system for soliciting donations via the World Wide Web or Internet. A donor may, if desired, be an individual or an individual representing an organization with a particular interest in a charitable organization. The charitable organization is a nonprofit organization that has a presence or website on the Internet. The system is integrated with the charitable organization's website. The charitable organization has cataloged on the system's database particular items or assets as gifts to the donor based on the contribution area of interest of the donor. The donor, in communication with the charitable organization, selects a donation by activating a hyperlink to the system's website. Transparent to the donor, the system is now in communication with the donor and the charitable organization. The system facilitates the donation process, the selection of gifts, the implication and effect of the tax deduction, and the delivery of the selected gifts.

Description

    PRIORITY CLAIM
  • This patent application is a divisional of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/770,599 filed Jan. 26, 2001, which claims the benefit of provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/178,932, filed Feb. 1, 2000, the disclosures of both of which are incorporated by reference herein. These applications are commonly owned by the assignee Donate.net, as shown in the assignment recorded Oct. 14, 2009, beginning at reel 023369, frame 0614.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a charitable organization's solicitation for a monetary donation. In particular, the invention relates to a charitable organization's solicitation for a monetary donation via the Internet. More particularly the invention relates to a system that enables an individual donor to contribute to selected projects of the charitable organization via the Internet.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Special interests of individuals may be current events, health concerns, safety concerns, religious concerns, or any other variety of concerns. Information about special interests and concerns may be found in the public libraries, reference volumes, or from charitable organizations who maintain public information for distribution to individuals. Charitable organizations are defined as non-profit or not for profit type organizations.
  • One medium for providing information to individuals is through the World Wide Web or Internet. The Internet is a tool that enables charitable organizations to maintain or provide websites on the Internet and present programs, projects, and causes that exemplify their particular endeavors. Interested individuals may, if desired, view the charitable organization's endeavors via the Internet.
  • Soliciting monetary donations from individuals by charitable organizations in support of the charitable endeavors is a costly and time-consuming effort. Attempts in the past to solicit monetary donations from individuals focused on telephone solicitation, direct mail, radio, and television. These attempts have produced limited results due to the high cost of producing events that appeal to prospective individual donors. A donor is defined as an individual person or organization wishing to make a monetary contribution to a charitable organization.
  • It would desirable to have information about a particular charitable organization's projects that focused on the donor's concerns. Incorporated into the charitable organization's projects would be an appeal for a donation to support that particular project. It would be further desirable to receive the information and appeal via the Internet.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is a system of soliciting donations via the World Wide Web or Internet. The present invention is installed on a computer or server with Internet access. The charitable organization integrates with this invention through hyperlinks into the organization's specific database section site within the invention's database. The charitable organization has cataloged with the present invention selected items or assets to be presented to a donor as gifts based on the area of interest and contribution level of the donor. The catalog listing of these items or assets resides on the present invention's database. The charitable organization's website may, if desired, display a banner hyperlink to the present invention's website. The donor, in communication with the charitable organization, selects a donation option by activating a link to the present invention's website i.e., clicking on a selectively displayed hyperlink icon. Transparent to the donor, the present invention is now in communication with the donor via the charitable organization's website. The present invention facilitates the donation process, the selection of gifts in response to selected contributions, and the delivery of the selected gifts.
  • A donor's computer monitor will display a Donation Selector “screen-shot”. The Donation Selector functioning in concert with a Donor Experience Object, a Give Object, Add Item Object, Empty Selector Object, Clear Item Object, Delivery Selector Object, Payment Object, and Confirmation Object to command and control the presentation, delivery, and confirmation of selected monetary donations or items and assets that may be selected by the donor for a monetary contribution to the charitable organization.
  • An organization's management computer monitor may, if desired, display an Editing Tool “screen-shot” via selected access to the present invention's website. The Editing Tool in concert with an Item Creation Object commands and controls additions, deletions, reports, and updates of selected monetary donations, programs or items that may be requested by the donor in return for a monetary contribution to the charitable organization.
  • When taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and the appended claims, other features and advantages of the present invention become apparent upon reading the following detailed description of the embodiments of the invention.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The invention is illustrated in the drawings in which like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the figures of which:
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a top-level block diagram view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention,
  • FIG. 2 illustrates a computer monitor display of an item request or selection or donation of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 3 a illustrates a computer monitor display of a Donation Selector of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 3 b illustrates a continuation of the Donation Selector of FIG. 3 a,
  • FIG. 4 illustrates a computer monitor display of Confirmation of a donor's selection of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a computer monitor display of an Editing Tool of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 6 illustrates a computer monitor display of a General Donation Opportunity of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 7 illustrates a computer monitor display of a Delivery Selector of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 8 illustrates a computer monitor display of a Donor Transaction of FIG. 1,
  • FIG. 9 illustrates an Item Creation Object,
  • FIG. 10 illustrates a flowchart of a Donor Experience Object,
  • FIG. 11 illustrates a flowchart of a View Item Object,
  • FIG. 12 illustrates a flowchart of a Give Item Object,
  • FIG. 13 illustrates a flowchart of an Add Item Object,
  • FIG. 14 illustrates a flowchart of an Empty Selector Object,
  • FIG. 15 illustrates a flowchart of a Clear Item Object,
  • FIG. 16 illustrates a flowchart of a Delivery Selector Object,
  • FIG. 17 illustrates a flowchart of a Payment Object,
  • FIG. 18 illustrates a flowchart of a Confirmation Object.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENT INVENTION
  • Before describing in detail the particular improved system for facilitating a donation to a charitable organization in accordance with the present invention, it should be observed that the invention resides primarily in the novel data structures of the system software and not in the combination of conventional system apparatus. Examples of a system apparatus are a computer, telephone network, PBX system, or a communication system linking the system apparatus by a local area network, wide area network, or Internet network. The present invention utilizes discrete subsystems or subassembly components, and associated control of the aforementioned system apparatus and components. The invention is not in the particular detailed configuration of the system apparatus but in the command and control thereof. Accordingly, the data structures, command, control, and arrangement of the present invention have, for the most part, been illustrated in the drawings by readily understandable block diagrams and flowcharts. The drawings show only those specific details that are pertinent to the present invention in order not to obscure the disclosure with structural details which will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art having the benefit of the description herein. For example, the present invention 10, FIG. 1 is a top-level block diagram of the operational features involving a donor 12 in communication with a charitable organization's 11 Internet website. The charitable organization's 11 Internet website, transparent to the donor may, if desired, be hyperlinked to the present invention 10. The present invention 10 exists as an overlying layer of software object programs that are installed over or in concert with selected system apparatus operating software programs or in concert with selected subprograms. The present invention 10, once installed on the server, facilitates transference of selected donations from the donor to the charitable organization 11. Only data objects of the present invention 10 are illustrated in order to simplify and emphasize those portions of the present invention 10 that are most pertinent. The software programs to implement the present invention 10 may be realized in any convenient software program language such as C++ or Smalltalk. Thus, the present invention 10 illustrated in the Figures does not necessarily represent the data structural arrangement of the exemplary system, and is primarily intended to illustrate major object data structures of the system in a convenient functional grouping whereby the present invention may be more readily understood.
  • An overview of the present invention 10, FIG. 1 is a system for soliciting donations via the World Wide Web or Internet. The donor 12 may, if desired, be an individual or an individual representing an organization with a particular interest in a charitable organization. An example of a charitable organization is the Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta Humane Society, the North Shore Animal League or any other non-profit organization that has a presence or website on the Internet. The present invention 10 is installed on a computer or server with Internet access and linked to the charitable organization's 11 website. The charitable organization 11 has cataloged selected items or assets as gifts to the donor 12 by design and with the organization's sole discretion. The catalog listing of these items resides in the present invention's database 14. The charitable organization's 11 website may, if desired, display a banner hyperlink to link to the present invention's 10 website. The donor 12, in communication with the charitable organization 11, selects a donation by activating a link to the present invention's 10 website i.e., clicking on a selectively displayed hyperlink. Transparent to the donor 12, the present invention 10 is now in communication with the donor 12 and the charitable organization's 11 website. The present invention 10 facilitates the donation process, the selection of gifts in response to selected contributions, data input required for payment of the donation, customization of and delivery of the selected gifts.
  • A more detailed description of the present invention 10, FIG. 1: The donor 12 may, if desired, have a particular interest in the subject matter presented by a particular charitable organization 11. The charitable organization 11 may, if desired, have a plurality of projects available that are in need of a monetary contribution. The donor 12 in communication with the charitable organization 11 may, if desired, review a selected project of the charitable organization 11. The present invention's 10 hyperlink may, if desired, be selectively positioned within selected projects of the charitable organization 11. The donor 12 is motivated to make a contribution in support of the selected project he is reviewing by clicking the present invention's 10 hyperlink.
  • The computer monitor display 16, FIGS. 3 a and 3 b viewed by the donor 12 indicates a selected catalog containing previously stored donation items for selection. A selection of catalog item or items helps fund the donor's 12 selected project. If desired, the donor 12 may select to give an arbitrary restricted or unrestricted donation. The system will allow the entire donation to be acknowledged as fully tax deductible; or if desired, the donor 12 may select a donation program offered by the selected charitable organization 11. The unit amount 18 of the item selected instantly appears on the computer monitor display 16 along with the income tax deductible amount 19 and the total amount 20 of the donation. After the donor 12 has made a selection, an updated Donation Selector computer monitor display 16 is presented to the donor 12. The updated Donation Selector computer monitor display 16, FIGS. 3 a & 3 b summarizes all items or assets purchased by the donor 12 and supplies the total donation C and the tax-deductible portion D of the donation. The donor 12 may, if desired, select a delivery address for the item or asset selected. The donor 12 indicates the delivery address by using the Delivery Selector 26 pull-down “Deliver as Billed to” menu 27, FIG. 7. If the donor 12 has selected a general donation to the charitable organization 11, a computer monitor display of a general donation opportunity 28, FIG. 6 is presented to the donor 12. The donor 12 may, if desired, enter a selected amount of donation 29 and click the add icon 31 to give the amount that donor 12 inputted. The Donation Selector, display 16, will reflect the donation selection summary. When the donor 12 is finished, if desired, donor 12 may elect to continue and this will activate a computer monitor display of a Donor Transaction 32, FIG. 8. The Donor Transaction 32, FIG. 8 collects information concerning the donor's 12 method of payment for the general donation or item(s) selected. If desired, the donor 12 may click on the organization's logo to return to the charitable organization's 11 website without completing the donation.
  • The charitable organization 11 may, if desired, utilize an Editing Tool 24, FIG. 5 to make additions or modification to the catalog of donation items or assets. For example, the charitable organization 11 sponsors reading projects for school children and desires to solicit donations for the reading project from adults. The charitable organization 11 accomplishes this goal by adding a new and popular book 15, FIG. 2 to its catalog for selection on the present invention's 10 website. The Editing Tool 24, FIG. 5 enables the charitable organization 11 to insert the book 15, the unit price 25 of the book 15, and the expected tax deductible value 26 of the donation.
  • An Item Creation Object 33, FIG. 9 facilitates the creation of the charitable organization's 11 Editing Tool 24, FIG. 5. The Item Creation Object 33 receives a request 34 to add an item to the charitable organization's 11 catalog. The Item Creation Object 33 presents the Editing Tool 24 to a member or selected user associated with the charitable organization 11. The selection process of members or users is determined by a predetermined access code. The Item Creation Object 33 commands and controls the entry of data into the Editing Tool 24 to include entering the description of the items 35, tax deductible amount 36, adding another item 37, and storing 38 the entered information in the database 14, FIG. 1.
  • The Donor Experience Object 39, FIG. 10 commands and controls the entry of data into the Donation Selector 16, FIG. 3 a. The Donor Experience Object 39 displays 40, FIG. 10 all items or asset descriptions, unit amounts, tax-deductible amounts, and totals. The Donor Experience Object 39 guides the donor through a plurality of choices to make donations, select and receive gifts, and receive a tax deduction. The Donor Experience Object 39 is in communication with the View Item Object 41, Give Item Object 42, Add Item Object 43, Empty Selector Item Object 44, Clear Item Object 45, and Delivery Selector Object 46. The Donor Experience Object 39, in concert with other objects, facilitates the donations, gifts, and tax deductions for the charitable organization 11 via the present invention's 10 website 13.
  • The View Item Object 41, FIG. 11 receives a request from the Donor Experience Object 39 to display the title 47 of a selected item or asset of interest by the donor. In concert with displaying the title 47, the View Item Object 41 displays the amount of the purchase 48, the description of the Item 49, and the image of the item 50 of the selected title 47 via the Donation Selector 16, FIG. 3 a. The View Item Object 41 enables the donor to add selected items 51 and/or return 52 to the charitable organization's 11 website.
  • The Give Item Object 42, FIG. 12 receives a request from the Donor Experience Object 39 via the Donation Selector 16, FIG. 3 a for a “general”* arbitrary donation by the donor. The Give Item Object 42 in concert with the “general”* arbitrary donation opportunity computer monitor display 28, FIG. 6 displays the item 54, the item description 55, and the minimum donation 53. The donor may, if desired, enter the amount of the donation 56 and add to donation, 57, which is displayed as the updated Donation Selector 16. (* Note in the description in this paragraph and in FIG. 6 the “general” is a label name only. The donation could have easily been entitled restricted, other specific fund, or program.)
  • If the donor requests additional items or assets for purchase, the Add Item or Asset Object 43, FIG. 13 in communication with the Donor Experience Object 39 increments the count of items or assets 58 via the Donation Selector 16, FIG. 3 a. If the donor requests no additional items he may, if desired, request to empty or cancel all previous items or asset selections. The Donation Selector 16 in concert with the Empty Selector Item Object 44 of FIG. 14 commands the count of selected items or assets to zero 59. If the donor requests no additional items or assets he may, if desired, request to empty or cancel a selected item. The Donation Selector 16 in concert with the Clear Item Object 45 of FIG. 15 cancels a selected item 60.
  • After the donor has selected all purchases, the Delivery Selector Object 46, FIG. 16 in concert with the Delivery Selector 26, FIG. 7 orchestrates the delivery of the selected purchases to the donor. The Delivery Selector Object 46 commands the computer monitor display of the Delivery Selector 26 to display each deliverable item 61. The donor is prompted to edit the deliver information display on the drop down menu 27, FIG. 7 via the Delivery Selector Object's 46 command edit delivery address 62, FIG. 16. The donor clicks the continue icon 63 on the Delivery Selector 26 whereby the Payment Object 64, FIG. 17 is activated.
  • The Payment Object 64, FIG. 17 in concert with the computer monitor display of the Donor Transaction 32, FIG. 8 facilitates the payment and delivery of the selected purchases by the donor. The Payment Object 64 commands the computer monitor display of the Donor Transaction 32 to display each donation amount including the tax deductible amount 65, the total donation amount 66, and delivery information 67. The donor enters credit card information 68 and billing information 70, FIG. 8 into the designated or provided blocks via the Payment Object's 64 manual input command 69. Upon completion of all the required entries and review of the donation selections made by the donor, the donor may, if desired, click the submit icon 71. Clicking the submit icon 71 activates the Confirmation Object 72, FIG. 18.
  • The Confirmation Object 72, FIG. 18 in communication with the computer monitor display of the Confirmation of the donor's selection 21, FIG. 4 facilitates the processing of the credit card information 73, FIG. 18, the display of each donation item, including unit amount, total amount, deductible amount, and delivery destination 74. The Confirmation Object 72 further commands the sending of an email 75 with a summary of all transactions with the present invention 10. The Confirmation Object 72 terminates 76 the interaction between the donor and the present invention 10. The donor's communication link is returned to the charitable organization's 11 website.
  • The present invention 10 records all transactions and interactions with the donors who access the present invention's 10 website 13. Reports may, if desired, be generated detailing the donor's name, address, age and other demographic information. The charitable organization 11 may, if desired, gain restricted access to the present invention's 10 website 13 and review the all transactions to the organization by donors. If desired, the charitable organization 11 may request a separate report detailing selected information recorded during the transaction between the present invention 10 and selected donors. The charitable organization 11 may, if desired, receive the report by email or in a database format for importing into a contact manager software application for further follow-up and contact.
  • Although only a few exemplary embodiments of this invention have been described in detail above, those skilled in the art will readily appreciate that many modifications are possible in the exemplary embodiments without materially departing from the novel teachings and advantages of this invention. Accordingly, all such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of this invention as defined in the following claims. Means-plus-function clause is intended to cover the structures described herein as performing the recited function and not only structural equivalents but also equivalent structures. Thus, although a nail and a screw may not be structural equivalents in that a nail employs a cylindrical surface to secure wooden parts together, whereas a screw employs a helical surface, in the environment of fastening wooden parts, a nail and a screw may be equivalent structures.
  • Any process descriptions, steps, or blocks in the flow or data flow diagrams described herein and/or depicted in the attached figures should be understood as potentially representing modules, segments, or portions of code which include one or more executable instructions for implementing specific logical functions or steps in the process. Alternate implementations are included within the scope of the preferred embodiments of the systems and methods described herein in which steps or functions may be deleted, executed out of order from that shown or discussed, executed concurrently, substantially concurrently, or sequentially, or in reverse order, depending on the functionality involved.
  • Conditional language, such as, among others, “can”, “could”, “might”, or “may”, unless specifically stated otherwise, or otherwise understood within the context as used, is generally intended to convey that certain embodiments optionally could include, while some other embodiments do not include, certain features, elements and/or steps. Thus, such conditional language indicates, in general, that those features, elements and/or step are not required for every implementation or embodiment.
  • Various valuable aspects, benefits, capabilities, embodiments and/or features have been described above which are not available in the prior art. Further, these various aspects, benefits, capabilities, embodiments and/or features may be used independently or in combination, as appropriate to achieve a desired result; it is not necessary to incorporate every aspect, benefit, capability, embodiment and/or feature into a single implementation in order to obtain specific desired aspects, benefits, capabilities, and/or features.
  • Other variations of these aspects, benefits, capabilities, embodiments and/or features will suggest themselves to those of skill in the field upon examination of the drawings and detailed description and all such variations are included within the scope of the present invention, as defined by the accompanying claims. Therefore, the scope of the present invention is to be determined by the claims.

Claims (9)

1.-3. (canceled)
4. A method of allowing a first organization having a first web site to update information regarding items of the first organization at a second website of a second organization, the method comprising:
providing a hyperlink at the second website of the second organization to receive requests for updating of information regarding items of an organization other than the second organization;
accepting at the second website a hyperlink request from a requester of the first organization to update information regarding items of the first organization;
presenting a webpage from the second web site to allow a requester of the first organization to select at least one of the following: add information regarding a new item, or edit existing information regarding an item;
accepting information for an item at the second web site, said information being at least one of the following: a reference number for the item, a name for the item, the location of an image of the item on the web site of the first organization, a designation as to whether a value regarding the item is arbitrary or not, a designation as to the value of the item if the value is not arbitrary, the tax deductible value of the item, or the category of the item; and
storing said information for said item at the second web site.
5. The method of claim 4 and further comprising accepting at the second web site a hyperlink request from a requester of the first organization to display information on at least one item of the first organization, retrieving at least part of the information for said at least one item, and sending said at least part of the information for presentation to the requester.
6. The method of claim 5 wherein sending said at least part of the information comprises sending at least one of the following: a reference number for the item, a name for the item, the location of an image of the item on the web site of the first organization, a designation as to whether a value regarding the item is arbitrary or not, a designation as to the value of the item if the value is not arbitrary, the tax deductible value of the item, or the category of the item.
7. The method of claim 4 and further comprising:
providing a hyperlink at the first web site wherein a visitor at the first web site, when clicking upon the hyperlink, will be transferred to the second web site, and the second web site will send, for presentation to the visitor, at least some information regarding at least one of the items of the first organization.
8. The method of claim 4 wherein an item one of a product, a service, or a charitable effort.
9. The method of claim 4 wherein the web site of the second organization, in response to a request from a requester of the first organization to edit existing information, sends a web page, for presentation to the requester, displaying at least some of the information regarding the item and allows the requester to at least one of: change at least some of the information regarding the item, or add new information regarding an item.
10. The method of claim 4 wherein the web site of the second organization, in response to a request from a requester of the first organization to add a new item, sends a web page, for presentation to the requester, displaying at least some areas for entering information regarding the item.
11. The method of claim 4 and further comprising:
accepting at the second web site a request from a requester of an organization, other than the second organization, to provide a report;
determining, at the second web site, the items of the requesting organization which have been sold or for which a donation has been made;
preparing a report regarding said items of the requesting organization which have been sold or for which a donation has been made; and
at least one of: sending a web page from the second web site to the requester providing said report for review, or sending said report by email to the requester.
US12/627,305 2000-02-01 2009-11-30 Online donation management system Abandoned US20100180187A1 (en)

Priority Applications (3)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US17893200P true 2000-02-01 2000-02-01
US09/770,599 US7627483B2 (en) 2000-02-01 2001-01-26 Online donation management system
US12/627,305 US20100180187A1 (en) 2000-02-01 2009-11-30 Online donation management system

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US12/627,305 US20100180187A1 (en) 2000-02-01 2009-11-30 Online donation management system

Related Parent Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US09/770,599 Division US7627483B2 (en) 2000-02-01 2001-01-26 Online donation management system

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20100180187A1 true US20100180187A1 (en) 2010-07-15

Family

ID=26874825

Family Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US09/770,599 Expired - Fee Related US7627483B2 (en) 2000-02-01 2001-01-26 Online donation management system
US12/627,305 Abandoned US20100180187A1 (en) 2000-02-01 2009-11-30 Online donation management system

Family Applications Before (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US09/770,599 Expired - Fee Related US7627483B2 (en) 2000-02-01 2001-01-26 Online donation management system

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (2) US7627483B2 (en)

Cited By (3)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US8442882B1 (en) * 2009-01-23 2013-05-14 Intuit Inc. Method and system for managing charitable donations
US8554571B1 (en) 2003-07-11 2013-10-08 Search And Social Media Partners Llc Fundraising system, method and device for charitable causes in a social network environment
WO2017127209A1 (en) * 2016-01-18 2017-07-27 Speakable Pbc Content enhancement services

Families Citing this family (55)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP1267290A4 (en) * 2000-03-30 2003-05-02 Sony Corp Donation processing system
JP2002099780A (en) * 2000-07-19 2002-04-05 Ooku:Kk Method for selling or buying commodity by using network
US6739941B1 (en) * 2000-07-20 2004-05-25 Planet Rascals Method and articles for providing education and support related to wildlife and wildlife conservation
US7536351B2 (en) * 2000-10-30 2009-05-19 Amazon.Com, Inc. User-to-user payment service with payee-specific pay pages
US7356507B2 (en) * 2000-10-30 2008-04-08 Amazon.Com, Inc. Network based user-to-user payment service
US7542943B2 (en) * 2000-10-30 2009-06-02 Amazon Technologies, Inc. Computer services and methods for collecting payments from and providing content to web users
US20030012173A1 (en) * 2000-11-08 2003-01-16 Johan Rune Coordinated inquiry and page procedures in an ad-hoc wireless network
US20020073026A1 (en) * 2000-12-12 2002-06-13 Gruber Allen B. System and method for interactive fundraising over a wide-area network
US20020099654A1 (en) * 2001-01-23 2002-07-25 Sunitha Nair Internet web site for providing portion of purchase price to donees and/or back to purchasers
US20020111904A1 (en) * 2001-02-13 2002-08-15 Gruber Harry E. Method and system for soliciting charitable donation during electronic commerce
US20020178139A1 (en) * 2001-03-28 2002-11-28 Chen Jeane S. Virtual shared databases
US20020165759A1 (en) * 2001-05-03 2002-11-07 Gruber Harry E. Method and system for efficient communication and relationship management
US6603955B2 (en) 2001-06-27 2003-08-05 Harry E. Gruber Mission certification quiz for fundraising campaign
US20030014300A1 (en) * 2001-07-13 2003-01-16 Mary Franco Method and apparatus for managing workplace employee charitable giving campaigns
US20030033244A1 (en) * 2001-08-10 2003-02-13 Ephraim Feig Method and system for determining a person's interests and soliciting donation over a wide area network
US20030078791A1 (en) * 2001-10-19 2003-04-24 Tufte Brian N. Method and system for increasing the participation of contributors to a charity or other non-profit
US20030088455A1 (en) * 2001-11-02 2003-05-08 Gruber Harry E Increasing pubilc awareness of non-profit organizations' missions
US20040133489A1 (en) * 2001-11-08 2004-07-08 Stremler Troy D. Philanthropy management apparatus, system, and methods of use and doing business
US20030130888A1 (en) * 2002-01-07 2003-07-10 Susan Daniher Method and system for providing incentives to online fundraisers
US20060122856A1 (en) * 2002-06-06 2006-06-08 Benevolink Corporation System and method for enabling consumers to add personal charitable contributions and transfer the right to designate a beneficiary to other consumers
US20040093226A1 (en) * 2002-11-08 2004-05-13 Gruber Harry E. Distributed method and system for managing volunteers and other individuals engaged in fundraising campaign
AU2003901428A0 (en) * 2003-03-24 2003-04-10 Objective Systems Pty Ltd A system and method for formatting and distributing reading material
US20050198043A1 (en) * 2003-05-15 2005-09-08 Gruber Harry E. Database masking and privilege for organizations
CA2530045A1 (en) * 2003-06-20 2004-12-29 Newdea, Inc. Improved philanthropy management system and method of doing business
US20050021353A1 (en) * 2003-07-25 2005-01-27 American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Donation system and method
US20050228746A1 (en) * 2004-04-09 2005-10-13 Cmarket, Inc. Method and apparatus for contribution based placement of donor advertisements
US20050273426A1 (en) * 2004-06-07 2005-12-08 Hammock Patricia C Method for using consulting services for multi-task transactions to raise money for non-profit entities
US20050288961A1 (en) * 2004-06-28 2005-12-29 Eplus Capital, Inc. Method for a server-less office architecture
US20060149620A1 (en) * 2004-12-30 2006-07-06 Reed Keith M On-line fundraising method, system, and computer useable medium
US20070021973A1 (en) * 2005-07-25 2007-01-25 Newdea, Inc. Automated community to exchange philanthropy information
WO2007041457A2 (en) * 2005-09-30 2007-04-12 Newdea Inc. Philanthropy management and metrics system
US20070124163A1 (en) * 2005-11-16 2007-05-31 Patrick Ehring System and method for active documentation of charitable activities
US20070174079A1 (en) * 2005-12-01 2007-07-26 Kraus Steven J Apparatus and method for digital imaging, education, and internal marketing software and system
WO2007123747A2 (en) * 2006-03-30 2007-11-01 Reality Charity, Llc Systems and methods for management of fundraising campaigns
US20080033744A1 (en) * 2006-08-07 2008-02-07 Chacha Search, Inc. Method, system, and computer program product for multi-level marketing
US20090192816A1 (en) * 2006-09-18 2009-07-30 Philanthrocorp System and method for assisting contributors
US20080071704A1 (en) * 2006-09-18 2008-03-20 Gregory Ring PC experience
US20080147542A1 (en) * 2006-12-13 2008-06-19 Matthew James Dunlop System And Method For Efficient Allocation Of Charitable Donations
US20080195533A1 (en) * 2007-02-12 2008-08-14 Ip Holdings & Acquisitions, Llc Systems and methods for providing electronic donation indications
US20080195532A1 (en) * 2007-02-12 2008-08-14 Ip Holdings & Acquisitions, Llc Systems and methods for processing donations
US20090288020A1 (en) * 2008-01-15 2009-11-19 Amy Kathleen Morrison System and method for communicating about charitable donations
US20090281871A1 (en) * 2008-05-12 2009-11-12 Terrence Patrick Tietzen Method, system, and computer program for providing a loyalty engine for automated cause management
US20100131381A1 (en) * 2008-06-22 2010-05-27 David Hassan Donations Exchange-Computerized Method automate Donations Request, Fulfillment and Tracking
US20090327022A1 (en) * 2008-06-22 2009-12-31 David Hassan Solicitation Management-Computerized Method to automate Solicitations Processing and Tracking.
US20100036744A1 (en) * 2008-08-05 2010-02-11 Tesone Sion L Method for facilitating the global donation of items and services
US20100049631A1 (en) * 2008-08-20 2010-02-25 Gl2Partners System and method for providing online donations
US20100174616A1 (en) * 2009-01-06 2010-07-08 Trivani International, Llc Method and System for Utilizing Purchase Upgrades for Purposes of Providing Humanitarian Aid
US20100191610A1 (en) * 2009-01-27 2010-07-29 Hotchalk Inc. Method for automating a fundraiser to effect a purchase
US20100217613A1 (en) * 2009-02-26 2010-08-26 Brian Kelly Methods and apparatus for providing charitable content and related functions
US20110054986A1 (en) * 2009-08-28 2011-03-03 WiseDonation.com Donation facilitator social network
US20120054100A1 (en) * 2010-08-17 2012-03-01 Pfohl Michael L Collective donation management and automated allocation and disbursement system
US20120046960A1 (en) * 2010-08-23 2012-02-23 Salta Brenden R Methods and systems for socializing affiliate marketing
WO2013016307A2 (en) * 2011-07-22 2013-01-31 Nargizian Steven Systems and methods relating to donations
US20140089137A1 (en) * 2012-09-27 2014-03-27 Annetta Johnson System and method for donating
US20160225100A1 (en) * 2015-01-29 2016-08-04 Enrique Parrila Methods and System for Raising Funds From and Distributing Royalties to Multiple Recipients Over the Internet

Citations (13)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5890137A (en) * 1995-12-15 1999-03-30 Kabushiki Kaisha N.K. Kikaku On-line shopping system and the method of payment settlement
US5894554A (en) * 1996-04-23 1999-04-13 Infospinner, Inc. System for managing dynamic web page generation requests by intercepting request at web server and routing to page server thereby releasing web server to process other requests
US5909794A (en) * 1992-09-04 1999-06-08 Coinstar, Inc. Donation transaction method and apparatus
US5920847A (en) * 1993-11-01 1999-07-06 Visa International Service Association Electronic bill pay system
US5978828A (en) * 1997-06-13 1999-11-02 Intel Corporation URL bookmark update notification of page content or location changes
US6029141A (en) * 1997-06-27 2000-02-22 Amazon.Com, Inc. Internet-based customer referral system
US6125385A (en) * 1996-08-01 2000-09-26 Immersion Corporation Force feedback implementation in web pages
US6268852B1 (en) * 1997-06-02 2001-07-31 Microsoft Corporation System and method for facilitating generation and editing of event handlers
US6289362B1 (en) * 1998-09-01 2001-09-11 Aidministrator Nederland B.V. System and method for generating, transferring and using an annotated universal address
US6308188B1 (en) * 1997-06-19 2001-10-23 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for building a web site with automated workflow
US20020069108A1 (en) * 2000-08-11 2002-06-06 Eric Aubertin Apparatus and method for online fundraising
US20020198878A1 (en) * 1998-12-30 2002-12-26 American Management System, Inc. Content management system
US6625581B1 (en) * 1994-04-22 2003-09-23 Ipf, Inc. Method of and system for enabling the access of consumer product related information and the purchase of consumer products at points of consumer presence on the world wide web (www) at which consumer product information request (cpir) enabling servlet tags are embedded within html-encoded documents

Family Cites Families (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
CA2298405A1 (en) * 2000-02-11 2001-08-11 Regina Cheese-Seromiatnikov A method of distributing a greeting card, disseminating advertising, and promoting a company

Patent Citations (13)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5909794A (en) * 1992-09-04 1999-06-08 Coinstar, Inc. Donation transaction method and apparatus
US5920847A (en) * 1993-11-01 1999-07-06 Visa International Service Association Electronic bill pay system
US6625581B1 (en) * 1994-04-22 2003-09-23 Ipf, Inc. Method of and system for enabling the access of consumer product related information and the purchase of consumer products at points of consumer presence on the world wide web (www) at which consumer product information request (cpir) enabling servlet tags are embedded within html-encoded documents
US5890137A (en) * 1995-12-15 1999-03-30 Kabushiki Kaisha N.K. Kikaku On-line shopping system and the method of payment settlement
US5894554A (en) * 1996-04-23 1999-04-13 Infospinner, Inc. System for managing dynamic web page generation requests by intercepting request at web server and routing to page server thereby releasing web server to process other requests
US6125385A (en) * 1996-08-01 2000-09-26 Immersion Corporation Force feedback implementation in web pages
US6268852B1 (en) * 1997-06-02 2001-07-31 Microsoft Corporation System and method for facilitating generation and editing of event handlers
US5978828A (en) * 1997-06-13 1999-11-02 Intel Corporation URL bookmark update notification of page content or location changes
US6308188B1 (en) * 1997-06-19 2001-10-23 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for building a web site with automated workflow
US6029141A (en) * 1997-06-27 2000-02-22 Amazon.Com, Inc. Internet-based customer referral system
US6289362B1 (en) * 1998-09-01 2001-09-11 Aidministrator Nederland B.V. System and method for generating, transferring and using an annotated universal address
US20020198878A1 (en) * 1998-12-30 2002-12-26 American Management System, Inc. Content management system
US20020069108A1 (en) * 2000-08-11 2002-06-06 Eric Aubertin Apparatus and method for online fundraising

Cited By (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US8554571B1 (en) 2003-07-11 2013-10-08 Search And Social Media Partners Llc Fundraising system, method and device for charitable causes in a social network environment
US8583448B1 (en) 2003-07-11 2013-11-12 Search And Social Media Partners Llc Method and system for verifying websites and providing enhanced search engine services
US8620828B1 (en) 2003-07-11 2013-12-31 Search And Social Media Partners Llc Social networking system, method and device
US8719176B1 (en) 2003-07-11 2014-05-06 Search And Social Media Partners Llc Social news gathering, prioritizing, tagging, searching and syndication
US8442882B1 (en) * 2009-01-23 2013-05-14 Intuit Inc. Method and system for managing charitable donations
WO2017127209A1 (en) * 2016-01-18 2017-07-27 Speakable Pbc Content enhancement services

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date
US20010051875A1 (en) 2001-12-13
US7627483B2 (en) 2009-12-01

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US9805394B2 (en) System and methods for upcoming event notification and mobile purchasing
US7698315B2 (en) System and method allowing advertisers to manage search listings in a pay for placement search system using grouping
US6983272B2 (en) System and method for influencing a position on a search result list generated by a computer network search engine
KR101036822B1 (en) Method and system for providing advertising through content specific nodes over the internet
US7181419B1 (en) Demand aggregation system
US10185918B2 (en) Apparatus and method for selling a ticket to an event and/or to a portion of an event or venue
US8442871B2 (en) Publishing user submissions
US9665878B2 (en) Method and system for upgrading a previously purchased media asset
US8219450B2 (en) Method for providing a shopping list service
US7124099B2 (en) E-commerce volume pricing
US8032447B2 (en) Method and system for reserving future purchases of goods and services
US4722055A (en) Methods and apparatus for funding future liability of uncertain cost
CA2466071C (en) System and method for establishing or modifying an account with user selectable terms
JP3955256B2 (en) Recommended search terms using the collaborative filtering and web spidering
US6304850B1 (en) Computer-implemented system and method for booking airline travel itineraries
US5850520A (en) Method and system for electronic publication distribution including return receipt
US8214246B2 (en) Method for performing retail sales analysis
US7797195B2 (en) Merchant-affiliated direct wholesale marketing and fulfillment system
US5832459A (en) Computerized source searching system and method for use in an order entry system
JP4909360B2 (en) Ad creation via an electronic network, system and method for distributing and tracking
US7689469B1 (en) E-commerce volume pricing
JP4030841B2 (en) System and method for ranking and consideration protection in search result list generated by a computer network search engine
US6628307B1 (en) User interface for internet application
US20020165849A1 (en) Automatic advertiser notification for a system for providing place and price protection in a search result list generated by a computer network search engine
US20010037288A1 (en) Online purchasing system supporting lenders with affordability screening

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
STCB Information on status: application discontinuation

Free format text: ABANDONED -- FAILURE TO RESPOND TO AN OFFICE ACTION