HandUp was created to use technology and the power of human relationships to fight poverty and is now part of South Oakland Shelter’s mission to build communities that end homelessness.
HandUp’s charitable giving platform provides nonprofits and donors in the community with a new, simple, and direct way to make an impact on poverty.
The HandUp platform is operated by South Oakland Shelter (SOS), a Metro Detroit-based homeless services agency. Since 1984, SOS has worked to end homelessness for individuals and families in crisis. SOS implements housing first programming, works with a community of 70+ faith congregations to provide year-round emergency shelter, operates a variety of rental assistance programs with supportive services, and builds supportive and affordable housing. SOS has successfully used the HandUp platform to empower those it serves in addressing financial barriers to housing and long-term stability, and now operates HandUp to enable agencies in Metro Detroit and beyond to do the same for their clients.
HandUp was originally founded in August 2013 in San Francisco by Rose Broome, Sammie Rayner, and Zac Witte. The idea started as a simple side project focused on doing something positive about visible street homelessness in SF. With the support and encouragement of Tumml, Project Homeless Connect, and so many others, this idea became a full-fledged organization attracting funding from some of Silicon Valley’s most experienced investors and foundations. After working in a close partnership with SOS for three years, HandUp was acquired by SOS on November 1st, 2017.
Impact America Fund
Jason Calacanis (LAUNCH Fund)
Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures)
Cyan & Scott Banister
Kimber Lockhart & Ben Trombley
Diane & Steve Ciesinski
Jessy & Robbie Schingler
Social Impact Capital