After revamping the online donation system for president Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, serial entrepreneur Dan Ratner co-founded Public Good, an online hub for charitable giving that brings together nonprofits and donors.
“Almost all organizations out there, when they get to a certain scale, their money comes from government and foundations,” Ratner told Blue Sky. “They have not figured out how to crack the code in terms of being able to access small-dollar donors and individual contributors.”
As director of development for the Obama campaign, Ratner helped to simplify the 2012 campaign’s donation process by creating “one-click” payments for donors. Ratner oversaw the engineers that built the campaign’s digital products.
The following year he launched Public Good Software, using his campaign know-how to help nonprofits raise money.
Clients include the Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco, the United Way of Chicago, and Open Books, a Chicago literacy nonprofit run by his sister Stacy Ratner.
In 2005 Ratner and his wife, Genevieve Thiers, co-founded Sittercity.com, an online service that connects parents and babysitters. He served as CTO and COO and currently sits on Sittercity’s board of directors.
He also serves on the boards of Open Books, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, opera company OperaModa, and investment fund Impact Engine.
Ratner graduated from Brown University in 1997. In his bio on the Public Good blog, he notes: “My college engineering internship was developing embedded software for what would later become red light cameras at intersections (we developed the tech to better control the lights and make traffic more efficient – honest!)”
He and his wife live in Chicago with their twin sons, Leo and Ari.