I am very surprised to find that there isnt an open (e.g. CC:BY) license so that I can do this without having to ask for (and somehow magically track) permission. For more info on which Creative Commons terms are most open, check these conversations that Beth Kanter and I are involved in:
If you are interested in the use of open source by nonprofits and want to help bring nonprofits and open source developers together, the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative (NOSI) has five ways that you can get involved:
* First, we are developing new open source case studies to supplement the case studies in the NOSI primer. We welcome contributions from additional nonprofits who have used Open Source Software (OSS), especially if your case study involves OSS that is not covered in any of the existing case studies in the primer.
Like everything in life, we have a choice to use our tools, skills and knowledge to help, or to hurt. Here are NetSquared, we focus on how technology can be used to help people, but sometimes it is used to hurt. Take Back the Tech
Last night, I launched the beta version of My Pet's Project. This is the first initiative that I know of that permits cats, dogs, and other pets to use social networking tools to promote a fundraising campaign.
Here's the mission statement:
My Pet’s Project, an initiative of First-of-its-kind, helps passionate individuals raise money for non-profit organizations by combining social networking tools and fundraising with the universal appeal of cats, dogs, and other animals.
I just came across an article posted on Nonprofit Times titled Social Networking. It brings up some interesting points about nonprofits and social networking sites. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Check out the American Cancer Society (ACS) on the Web portal YouTube.com and you'd think the nonprofit is active in showing videos. If you search for the organization on YouTube, you'll see the cartoon The Flintstones appearing to change directions after smoking. You'll also see that $100,000 was raised during one event at Michigan State University. News regarding colorectal cancer is in one video, and the Relay for Life details are shown in another video.