Tacoma-based Philanthropy Start-up Selected for Entrepreneurs & Investors Venture Forum

“DonationDepot.com has announced it is one of five start-ups selected to present at the Entrepreneurs & Investors Forum, a new series of venture forums sponsored by Jeff Read & Associates, a Bellevue venture consulting firm. The forum takes place today from 6 to 10 p.m., at the WestCoast Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue.We’re very pleased to have been selected, said Brandon Fix, president and CEO of DonationDepot.com. This is a great opportunity to get in front of a large group of big money investors and talk about our business model and current funding needs. DonationDepot.com recently closed its first round of funding after raising $500,000. The company is seeking $1.5 million in seed capital to hire additional management and expand services nationwide.Joining DonationDepot.com at the July 11 forum will be JD Jamerson, Inc.; LoanRanger.com; Markette.com; and, MobileUSA.Com. Participants were selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants.The main purpose of this event is to help entrepreneurs and investors get together, Read said. With the recent financial market downturn, finding motivated investors is more challenging. This event helps simplify and accelerate that process.The forum’s keynote speaker will be Chris Knotz, CEO of Hablador.Com. His presentation is titled Raising Money: How we raised our first million.As many as 50-100 seed, angel and venture investors are reportedly expected to attend. The Entrepreneurs & Investors Forum may in the future offer continuing education credits for legal, accounting and other professionals attending the forums. The next event is scheduled for late September. For more information visit www.jeffread.bigstep.com.DonationDepot.com is a vertical portal and application service provider for the philanthropy industry. The company’s main focus is educating consumers on the financial and tax benefits of charitable giving. They also offer secure online donating, volunteer matching, and other services to help consumers make the most of charitable donations.For information on DonationDepot.com, visit the Links section at the Tacoma Daily Index Web site at http://www.tacomadailyindex.com.”