Friday, October 12, 2007
Welcoming the Wiki: "A more interesting question is the impact Wikipedia might have on other technology companies. Will the example of Wikipedia help our tech employees to become more friendly? Tech types aren't exactly known for their, ahem, sparkling interactions with other people, but Wikipedia depends on its ability to charm and cultivate others. Will its example of nonprofit education encourage our extravagantly wealthy area to be more charitable? The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's just-released survey shows that Silicon Valley firms give on a level that is about average, but surely we can do better than that."
Charity uses widgets to provide accountability to donors: "October 11, 2007 (Computerworld) -- A children's charity is using widget technology -- traditionally used with a single purpose application like updating weather or news on a Web site -- to help it show donors how their money is being used. Operation Kids, which accepts directed and unrestricted donations from individuals and businesses, was formed in 1999 to assemble a worldwide stable of charities that deal with the most pressing needs of children. The agency reviews the finances, programs and operations of potential charities and gives a seal of approval to those that meet its criteria."
Sesame Workshop expands online fundraising efforts: "Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, is expanding its online fundraising efforts. Working with software provider Kintera Inc., San Diego, Sesame Workshop is seeking to better communicate and connect with donors online about the impact its organization is making on children worldwide, thereby driving supporters to take action and donate. Sesame Workshop is using Kintera technology to enhance its e-mail campaigns and e-newsletters, online donation processing and donation capabilities at http://supportus.sesameworkshop.org."
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Conference delegates to be linked by web service - Third Sector: "The alliance intends to allow its 900 delegates to see who else is attending the conference, send messages to fundraisers who work in similar cause areas and organise national groups to create online debates. The charity will also use its Ammado pages to set up separate online groups for speakers, delegates and volunteers and will use the delegate community to notify people of last-minute changes to the schedule."
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
New study offers few clues to Silicon Valley companies’ charitable giving - Vindu’s View from the Valley - A Silicon Valley Perspective on Public Poli
New study offers few clues to Silicon Valley companies’ charitable giving - Vindu’s View from the Valley - A Silicon Valley Perspective on Public Policy, Business and Technology: "Are Silicon Valley companies more generous — or stingier — than their counterparts nationally? Unfortunately, a new study released today by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation doesn’t answer that question."
Alumnus' largess to Butler includes one Big Dawg | IndyStar.com: "Not found in other small colleges in Indiana, the supercomputer was made possible by the largest personal gift ever made to Butler: $5 million from Frank Levinson, a 1975 Butler grad who helped found Finisar and made millions in fiber optics."
American Cancer Society moves to Convio: "The American Cancer Society has enlisted Convio’s online fundraising platform to support Relay for Life efforts. Convio’s integrated program will power Relay for Life Web sites, which participants use to solicit donations. The software will also lend itself to online communication between Relay for Life supporters."