Our Mamapreneur this week is Renee Zau!
Renee co-founded the startup DonationMatch. This fantastic company connects businesses and nonprofits through a mutually beneficial relationship. DonationMatch connects businesses who regularly donate goods and services for charitable purposes, to nonprofits who are seeking those goods and services. The online business works like a dating site, with each party choosing and approving who they connect with.
DonationMatch was created out of Renee’s needs as both a fundraising auction chair and marketer. Her experience as a multi-unit franchisee launching five businesses, managing a regional marketing co-op, mentoring over 100 business owners, and working on over 50 charity events gave her insight into the challenges and frustrations faced by both sides of the in-kind marketing and donation process. Knowing there had to be a better and more efficient way to offer in-kind opportunities than forcing companies to deal with endless letters, phone calls, and emails, she partnered with Darryl Retting to build DonationMatch and streamline win-win donation opportunities, enabling companies of all sizes to do well by visibly doing good.
DonationMatch.com is the first of its kind and has facilitated more than $61 million worth of in-kind contributions to fundraising events to date. It helps over 15,000 event organizers with donation procurement each year, and serves as the donation portal for Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, R6 Distillery, Medieval Times, and 100+ other companies across the U.S. and Canada. DonationMatch was also recognized as one of Uber’s Top 10 North America Referral Partners of 2018.
A native Californian, Renee resides in San Diego and is actively involved with local organizations like San Diego Social Venture Partners. In addition to running DonationMatch, Renee co-hosts the Events with Benefits® podcast and serves as the Alliances and Outreach Director for San Diego AMA’s Cause Conference.
Learn more about Renee and DonationMatch by visiting www.donationmatch.com