HandUp is a tech startup with a social mission. We’ve created a new way to donate directly to homeless people and people in need here in the US. Starting in San Francisco, we’ve partnered with Project Homeless Connect to help deliver new resources to the thousands of homeless and at risk people in our community.
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HandUp is a direct giving system for homeless people and neighbors in need. It allows you to donate directly to a HandUp member via text message and web donations. 100% of your donation to members goes straight to their HandUp accounts. Members can use their HandUp credits for basic needs like food, clothing, and medical care through our partner organizations.
Members can redeem their HandUp credits for productive items and services like food, clothing, and medical care through our fulfillment partner Project Homeless Connect. If you are a member and want to use your HandUp credits, please make an appointment with Project Homeless Connect by calling (415) 503-2195.
Thanks for your interest! Please send us a note and let us know where you are. We’re currently based in San Francisco but plan to expand HandUp across the country. If you represent a nonprofit organization that you think might be a fit to partner with HandUp, please fill out a Partner Interest Form.
Currently, no. But we’re looking into offering tax deductions for the future.
Only your first name is publically associated with your donation unless you check the "Donate Anonymously" box when making a donation. When you reply to a member update your first name is always shared. Your other personal data including last name, email, and phone are kept strictly private.
The HandUp team is lead by founders Rose Broome and Zac Witte. They came up with the mobile donation system in Nov 2012 after Rose walked passed a homeless woman sleeping on Market St. on a cold night and thought there must be a more effective way to help.
Rose and Zac were connected to another group with a similar idea, including Barry Roeder and Doniece Sandoval. Rose and Barry worked on HandUp as early co-founders establishing a partnership with Project Homeless Connect and gaining entrance to the Tumml urban incubator program. Barry and Doniece continue their work in the Homeless community with their projects including Lavamae and Bridge.
Rose and Zac incorporated HandUp PBC in August 2013 as a Delaware public benefit corporation. The HandUp pilot was launched on August 14th at Project Homeless Connect's 50th anniversary event.
The HandUp logo was designed by Nate Kerksick.
A public benefit corporation is a for-profit business structure similar to a C corporation that includes a social mission as part of the legal foundation of the company. This allows for both a high growth business model and a high impact social mission. At HandUp, we believe in applying the power of the for-profit business model to solving global challenges like urban poverty. We also believe that our mission is the key to our success, which is why we incorporated as a Delaware PBC. Learn more here.