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
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
Available 24/7 to ALL iFoster Members (no need to purchase a computer through
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?"
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
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