Our integrated web platform (we like to call it the empowerment engine because it needs a cool tech name) combines group purchasing with a knowledge center and social media tools to address the 3 most commonly reported issues facing caregivers: 1) a lack of sufficient funding to cover basic needs (children’s food, clothing, school supplies and incidentals), 2) a lack of coordinated and consistent support, and 3) a lack of influence on their child’s future and on the system.
- iSave discounts and group buying programs targeting the funding gap for basic needs and other life enriching products and activities.
- iLearn an interactive multimedia library of trusted information customized for the community, rated by the community.
- iShare online tools, forums and groups enabling sharing, recommending, and building a collective voice.
Get Perks! targets the $1 billion funding gap for basic needs by leveraging the $Billions in purchasing power of caregivers. As a starting point, Get Perks! provides over 100,000 discounts at retailers nationwide and can save an “average family” $4,500 / year*. These aren’t daily deals, we try to make the deals last so they’re there when our members need them. And we add new deals almost daily, so it’s worth checking back to see what’s new. In formal foster care, caregivers only receive an average of 64% of the basic needs of raising a child, so by making these dollars go further, we’re trying to help all caregivers achieve more with the dollars the do have.
*Estimates of yearly savings provided by our partner, Abenity
Get Connected! is focused on the 50% of children in child welfare and low income homes who do not have regular access to computers and the Internet which results in them falling further and further behind at school. Get Connected! is also for ffamilies and support organizations who cannot afford computers or would appreciate a little help figuring them out.
Get Connected! provides everything you need to be online and computer savvy at a very low price. For as low as $170 for a laptop, and $175 for a desktop with monitor, you’ll receive a computer, Microsoft software including Office Basic 2007 (software alone is worth $250) shipped directly to your door. These are business quality refurbished computers, which means a company paid over $1,000 for each computer, a Microsoft Licensed Refurbisher has sanitized them (returned the computer to original state), upgraded hardware, loaded updated software, rigorously tested them, and even provides a 90-day full replacement warranty.
Available 24/7 to ALL iFoster Members (no need to purchase a computer through us):
- Interactive trainings, videos and articles on Computer Basics, Using Microsoft Software, Internet Basics, Security and Privacy, and Best of the Web.
- Online Q&A with answers to frequently asked technology questions.
- Ask an Expert who can answer all your technology questions from "How do I set-up my printer to print Get Perks! coupons?" to "How do I set my Facebook privacy settings?"
We have also added a partnership with AT&T which provides a substantial discount on AT&T's mobile products and plans, and this applies to new and existing AT&T customers.Get Healthy!
Rolling out in the fall/winter 2011
Get Healthy! addresses the aspects of life that make us strong, healthy and productive. It combines deals, information and ideas to improve our diets, hygiene and mental health. Everyone can use a good deal on the things we buy. And most of us can use some good advice on how to live and eat healthy, inexpensively and enjoyably. Get Healthy! is a place to really make the most of what’s available.
Over 12,000 members including youth, families, non-profit and gov't agencies in child welfare
Over 1,250,000 children & youth supported by iFoster members.
Over 1,500 computers delivered enabling 3,000+ children and youth.
Over $20 Million in savings realized.