JOLKONA FOUNDATION

Rating: 3.4 stars   5 reviews 146

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 1904 3rd Ave STE100 Seattle WA 98101 USA

Mission: Jolkona is a nonprofit that brings high potential social entrepreneurs from emerging countries to Seattle for an intensive 3-week mentor-driven accelerator. These entrepreneurs are solving some of the most challenging societal issues in their communities. Our mentors include some of Seattle's best startup talent who prepare these founders to scale and engage with investors at home & abroad.
Target demographics: social entrepreneurs
Geographic areas served: World
Programs: grow and scale their ventures and increase the impact they have.
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EIN 87-0799891
http://www.jolkona.org
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

It started with a great concept, but Jolkona never got past the start-up phase. Seven years later, it's now rife with conflict of interest and incompetence. With no board oversight of the founders, everything -- mission, staffing, finances -- is continuously misrepresented to donors and funders.

If you're looking for an organization that works on millennial engagement or crowdfunding for local and global causes, Jolkona no longer does either of those things. If you're looking for an organization working with social entrepreneurs from Asia, there are much better options out there. Good luck!

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great concept and a very decent platform. The board, leadership and reporting leaves a lot to be desired - there is a lack of transparency, mismanagement of funds and resources, and a general lack of interest to address any problems. The organization uses volunteers from Microsoft, who all joyfully report fudging the number of hours volunteered, so the organization can get a larger amount in donations.

Last spring the staff voiced concerns to the board, which lead to zero changes.

All in all, a very disappointing organization when you know the inner workings.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My journey has been great so far.My first stint with non-profit field began with Jolkona.Since the time I have joined(2013) every day has been a great learning experience.The team and the management is great.They are extremely supportive of new ideas and truly appreciative of all the work done.

Very flexible with the timings and you actually see the tangible results for all the works done.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a supporter of Jolkona,and I like it`s affordable and uncomplicated way very much. The website is very user friendly, and you can choose from a world map which project you wish to support with your donation. It is easy,and you get a feedback ,which in my opinion is an incentive to do more. The other thing that I like about this charity ist that 100% of the money goes to the project. Although they are doing a great job and I am very happy with their work, I hope more ways of giving will be included soon in the near future to make the experience even more enjoyable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Jolkona's website is very user-friendly and makes giving easy. Plus, 100% of each gift goes directly to your project of choice. The donor then receives personalized feedback of how the donation impacted the life of one of the world's most poor. I highly recommend giving to Jolkona. You couldn't ask for an easier website, more variety in types of projects or greater transparency from a non-profit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion that each staff and/or volunteer has for the mission of Jolkona

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

educated professionals

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make thousands of high-impact non-profits around the world more effective and sustainable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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