Donating to nonprofits and political campaigns is something that is becoming increasingly important, but do you know where that donation is actually going? Well the Porter brothers are setting out on their quest to change the way donation platforms work. “Almost 50 percent of people don’t trust charities,” says Inman Porter, the youngest of 4 Porter brothers. “When someone makes a donation to an organization, the journey that dollar goes through is quite frankly ridiculous. Not only is it timely and costly, but the person making the donation has no idea how their money is being used.”
Let me introduce to you: SupPorter, a Blockchain Enabled “Smart” Donation Platform and Rewards System serving political campaigns and non-profits. Founder, Inman Porter & his brothers are as smart as they are kind and they know a thing or two about political campaigns.
Meet the Founder.
SupPorter is a family company founded by four brothers: Inman, Asa, Guyton and Stephen Porter (SupPorter, get it?). “The Porter Boys” grew up in a Georgia political family, and after working for various campaigns and non-profits, they realized that the fundraising process was outdated and inefficient. By utilizing new innovations in blockchain technology, they realized that they could help organizations raise more money through a more comprehensive, efficient and transparent fundraising model. Hence SupPorter was born!
What is SupPorter and how did it come to be?
SupPorter is a Blockchain Enabled “Smart” Donation Platform and Rewards System serving political campaigns and non-profits. We came up with the initial idea while our father was running for Governor and our mother was running for Lt. Governor. Fundraising is the worst part of any campaign, so we had the idea to create essentially “Kickstarter for Political Campaigns”, which would allow campaigns to easily accept online donations. After fully building out the platform in 2016, we began to wonder if there were any blockchain functionalities we could incorporate into our business model. We quickly began to realize that our platform was indeed an almost perfect use case for the technology. If you could eliminate intermediaries and process donations in a decentralized manner via blockchain, that came with many unique advantages over the current model. So, in 2017, Inman Porter (SupPorter’s now CEO), quit his banking job in New York City to move to Atlanta and pursue SupPorter full time out of The Atlanta Tech Village.
What is the problem you are trying to solve and how?
SupPorter is trying to solve high fees, low transparency, complicated year end filings, and the inability to accept digital currency as it relates to donations. To learn more or to follow us on social media, check out our website at www.supporterinc.io!
What is your favorite part about SupPorter and your team?
My favorite part about SupPorter is our team! It’s a lot of fun working with my brothers, and the additional team members/advisors we’ve hired are leaders in the space & they have been such a joy to work with and learn from.
What has been the hardest thing as a CEO/Founder?
The hardest thing as a CEO/Founder is the time commitment. Even when I worked long hours for large financial institutions in New York, when I got home from work I was done for the day. As a CEO/Founder, the work is never done, and “vacation days” don’t exist!
What has been the best day with SupPorter?
The day we got accepted into the Atlanta Tech Village!
What do you love most about being in the Village?
Hands down it is the community and atmosphere. Not just the other entrepreneurs, but the incredibly supportive staff of The Atlanta Tech Village as well. It’s truly an inspirational environment to work in that helps me get through the day. I also live very close by and can scooter to work!
Any words of wisdom for other entrepreneurs?
Be kind and try your hardest to only work with kind people. Also don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask for help. The worst they can do is say no and never take it personally! Expect to get about 1,000 “No’s” for every 1 “Yes”.
See, I wasn’t kidding when I said these guys were both kind & smart, and they are getting good at this whole dreaming big thing. Thanks SupPorter for bringing transparency and efficiency to the donation game.