grouponlogo Groupon is a daily group-buying service that allows users to sign up for daily deals and if enough people join up, the group gets the usually major savings.  They’ve taken their formula and now launched G-Team, which allows groups to now connect with local fundraisers, campaigns and charitable causes.  As a user, this means that when you see your daily deal, you’ll now also see a related charity cause when appropriate, and you’ll have a chance to help somebody in need.

The G-Team service isn’t actually dedicated only to charities, and can be used for anything where you need to group people together to accomplish a type of goal. Right now, the service is only available in Chicago and will be rolling out to more cities in the future. The first program is a theater organization fundraiser and can be seen at their Twitter page here.

Looking at the first program with G-Team to support local theater, we can see that Groupon evolved this G-Team service from their original intentions to use Groupon for charity purposes.  The original service was called “The Point”, and they have taken that original goal and turned it into the G-Team service that’s available now.

After a desert vision quest where we invoked our ancestral spirits, we are repossessed with The Point’s powers. Newly inspired, we’ve devised a way to connect Groupon users with their communities in a different way – with G-Team. Groupon followers who want to do good, have fun, and make a real impact can now join forces through G-Team campaigns.

G-Team campaigns range from ridiculous flashmobs to fundraisers that benefit local community organizations. Every G-Team campaign connects you with enough people to achieve something awesome that you couldn’t have done alone.

We’ll keep you posted on how the service evolves.