Dear Friends of Rally,
I’m Tom Serres, founder of Rally.org. For nearly a decade, I have believed in the power of online fundraising. I launched Rally one year ago as a new way to fundraise and strengthen supporter relationships. I want to thank you — the supporters and causes using Rally—for your generosity and commitment.
This year, we’ve helped causes large and small reach their fundraising goals, and now we have reached a milestone ourselves. Rally bet on online fundraising and won big.
With the support of Reid Hoffman and Mike Maples, I embarked on an Internet campaign to raise capital through Angel List – a community of cutting edge investors. Along the way, I met some amazing people, among them are: John Occhipinti, Kevin Rose, Craig Shapiro, Michael Birch, Tim Ferriss, Eric Ries, Josh Spear, Scott Belsky. After thousands of emails, 72 meetings, and 28,000 miles flown, I raised what is likely the highest ever Series A investment online - and certainly the most amount through Angel List.
We fundraised our future online, and you can too! Our investors and staff are dedicated to empowering causes that matter. We, as a company, are only as successful as the success of our causes. Whether it’s Reverend Oliver White receiving donations from all over the world to save his Minnesota church from foreclosure or Alvaro Salas raising money in Costa Rica so he can attend Cornell University — we are focused on empowering individuals and causes to solve problems and build awareness on a scale never before seen.
We’ve learned valuable lessons during this rapid year of growth. Rally has grown to 1.5 million problem solvers who have shared more than 20 million stories shared on Rally.org, while collecting donations and spreading awareness through their personal networks. We are more committed than ever to helping you grow your network of supporters and interact more deeply with them. In the next year we intend to make it easier to connect with the things that you care about, whether on your computer or your phone.
During this time, please let all of us at Rally know how we are doing and what we can make connecting with the causes you care about more successful. I am excited about this new phase for our company as we Rally the future together!
Now ask yourself, what do you Rally for?
CEO and Founder