Blogs and Online Fundraising - Recap of DC Net Tuesday

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Last week I attended my first DC Net2 meetup. There were about 40 people who came to the meetup.

of gave a presentation about and online fundraising.

Kevin Bacon purchased He wanted to do something charitable with the website and he contacted Network for Good.

In January 2007, was launched. People can setup charity badges through to fundraise for causes/organizations they care about. There can be up to 5 charities listed on a badge and the organizations chosen must be listed in Guidestar.

Right now there is a contest on, which is being held through March 31st. The six badges with the most number of donations will receive a matching grant of up to $10,000.


  • 15% gave to charities because of celebrities, 76% gave to charities because they were influenced by friends and family
  • People stop giving to organizations because of how they were treated by the nonprofit
  • 3,000 people have sixdegrees badges, 12% of badges have at least 1 donation
  • 20% donate through Network for Good because they can be anonymous

Lessons Learned

Internationalization of the Social Web: An Interview with Teresa Crawford (transcript)

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What are the best social web tools for the developing world, and what should software developers keep in mind when creating software for international organizations? Teresa Crawford shares her tips from her work as a strategic technology consultant out of Washington, D.C. in this transcript of my interview with her from the that I posted about

Give and Take: Chronicle of Philanthropy Launches Blog

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Last Friday the launched a new blog, .  From their first post:

The Chronicle of Philanthropy‘s Give and Take column seeks to highlight the most notable and provocative online postings — and keep you up to date on the most important and intriguing observations about the nonprofit world.

Help me help Idealist help others?

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I got the note below from Joanna Eng of I have until Friday 3/2, to answer their questions. Between two jobs and my volunteer work, this is going to be quite a challenge, so if y’all can help by posting your suggestions in reply to this post, bonus karma points for you. Thanks; Leo

Subject: Start-up Meetings and your use of the wiki

Dear Leo, Thanks for taking the initiative to set up the ! We admire your effective use of online tools to enhance the start-up meeting for all of the participants. Would you like to help us make it easier for other meeting hosts to do the same? We are planning to provide a series of "How To" guides on Idealist for start-up meeting hosts, including "How To Use a Wiki for Your Start-Up Meeting." Drawing from your experience, you can help us create this guide!
Here are some things you can do to help:

Challenges preparing computers for schools overseas

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Just before the Christmas holiday last year The Working Centre was contacted by a representative for a school in El Salvador looking to outfit the school with refurbished computers. As a not-for-profit organization with a computer recycling project we were in a good position to help. In the past we've helped non-profits in the area, here was an opportunity to branch out. The job seemed easy enough initially, but along the way there were a lot of challenges including:

 * It was around (busy) Christmas time. 

 * We had already committed to refurbishing computers for a local non-profit.

Yahoo! Helps to Create, Promotes CFL Bulbs

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It takes about 18 seconds to replace a conventional incandescent bulb with a . According to , "If every American swapped just ONE bulb for an ENERGY STAR labeled CFL, it would collectively save more than $8 billion in energy costs, prevent burning 30 billion pounds of coal, and remove 2 million cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere."

Social Networking for Social Change: LinkedIn and WiserEarth on the Net2 Podcast

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San Francisco's February Net Tuesday was packed. Oz Basarir talked about , a wiki/social network for environmental nonprofits, and Dave Sanford spoke about how , a professional social networking tool, can be used by nonprofits.

Our SF Net Tuesday podcaster, , posted his interviews with and , as well as recording's of and on the .  Enjoy!

NpTech Tag Summary: Highlights from the Nonprofit Software Developer's Summit and Much More!

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From Flickr User

The above flickr photo is from the Nonprofit Software Development Summit and some flipchart notes illustrating what's going on right now: inspiration, matchmaking, and practical methods!

The Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Lots of notes and blog posts over at the to read. Integration is the hot button topic, as noted by Holly Ross in her "" post.  There's lots more to digest and lots more to come.  Here's a few sessions notes in the wiki:  ,  definition of   and ?  There's an interesting idea for "emergency NGO in a box" in the notes about and by Britt Bravo from the Summit.

The Summit runs until Saturday and the correspondent reports and notes are being filed.  I'm looking forward to reading the reflections next week.


Creating Passionate Users Blog asks "?" and offers some advice to tool makers, teachers, and users.

An article called by Tactical Technology Collective and iCommons just published on Techsoup.

Open Content, Online Privacy, and Virtual Worlds

Where Most Needed that few US Universities jump on MIT's Free Courseware Bandwagon.

is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improvie their safety and security on the Internet.

Lucy Bernholz what NY Times Columnist, David Pogue has shared about his experience in Second Life and suggests his comments are revealing regarding the development of an independent sector in the virtual world.

Carnival Collaboration

The will join forces next week.  Deadline is March 2n.

Reading Minds and Telling You What's on Their Minds

Mary Joyce from DemoBlog has a post called ""

Sean Stannard-Stockton from Tactical Philthanthropy for "donor-created social media philthanthropy research" and thinks it should encouraged. There's a thoughtful comment from that points out the work flow involved.  "We're using social media because the technology is here and it's
helpful, but if it weren't here, we'd make a newsletter and Xerox it
for everyone we know. What really defines GiveWell is collecting the information that
nonprofits are surprisingly hesitant to share, and centralizing and
coherently summarizing it. Information-sharing tools are great, but
they don't magically make this happen. There's a lot of work to be
done, whether the results go on a wiki or a blog or a stone tablet."

Communications for Humanitarian Aid & Relief: An Interview with Gregg Swanson of HumaniNet

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 Gregg Swanson is the Executive Director of , a nonprofit that provides assistance in ICT (information and communications technologies) to the humanitarian community.

A former Air Force officer and fighter pilot, Gregg served for 20 years in line and staff positions with Air Force headquarters, NATO forces, and operational units in Asia and Europe. He has held executive and management positions in several Silicon Valley companies, largely in operations and international programs. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he has studied in Germany as an Olmsted Scholar and has graduate degrees in international affairs from the American University and in business from Stanford University. Before founding HumaniNet in 2002, Gregg was Director of Technology at Northwest Medical Teams in Portland, Oregon.

You can hear my interview with Gregg at the   on the



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