Friday, November 02, 2007
Wikipedia's Non-Profit Foundation Hits Fundraising Milestone -- Wikimedia -- InformationWeek: "The Wikimedia Foundation has attracted 10,000 fundraising contributors in nine days. The foundation's annual fundraiser supports the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia. The group announced Thursday that its 10,000th donation came from someone in Finland who donated 10 Euros. The total amount raised was not disclosed."
Meet the patrons: charities and online social networking | Society | The Guardian: "The boom in online social networking sites has finally come to charities. Online chatter may seem a distraction from the hard work of changing people's real lives, but the internet offers pioneering charities a deeper and more personal way of connecting with those who support or benefit from their work. Charitable giving is already moving online. In the UK, more than 90% of large charities are now open to online giving. Online donors are likely to be new to giving, younger and more affluent than the average donor, making the internet an attractive channel for fundraising."
First '$100 Laptops' Sold to Uruguay - Switched: Gadgets, Tech, Digital Stuff for the Rest of Us: "he tiny green and white, $100 XO notebook has been in development by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation for years, but the device, intended to bring computing to children around the world, has only now received its first official order. The government of Uruguay has purchased 100,000 devices for children 6-8-years-old. If things go well, the South American country's government has indicated another 300,000 may be purchased as well."
News Features | The financial/social benefits of campus business clubs | Straight.com: "Smith said that SFU business student Sean Peters is overseeing the creation of Agents of Change campus clubs. 'This year is the pilot,' Smith said, 'and by 2008, we would like to blow it right across North America and get as many students as possible involved in direct student-led philanthropy.' Earlier this year, Smith and 21 others rode their bicycles to Tijuana, Mexico, to raise funds for microcredit lending. The money is distributed to entrepreneurs in the developing world through www.kiva.org/, which enables donors to learn about the borrower's business plan."
The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Open Source: The New NPO Tech Battlefield By Mark Hrywna The battle started with two major deals at the beginning of the year. Software giant Blackbaud bought Target Software and Target Analysis Group for $60 million. Online fundraising firm Convio acquired rival GetActive for almost $18 million on the same day. The news continued in August: Blackbaud added online fundraising firm eTapestry for roughly $25 million and Convio filed paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO), which would bring to three the number of public companies in the nonprofit software/technology arena. Blackbaud and fundraising and database software firm Kintera are already public compan"
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tech: Philanthropy on Facebook | Newsweek Technology | Newsweek.com: "Eric Ding had grown frustrated with the toll that stagnant federal grant money was taking on his department. So at the end of May, the 24-year-old doctoral candidate in public health did something unorthodox: hat in hand, he logged onto Facebook. Ding, who conducts research at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, used the popular networking site's 'Causes' feature and created the group Support the Campaign for Breast Cancer Research. At first, Ding's group was drawing several thousand of the site's estimated 50 million active users. 'Then it was 50,000 a day,' recalls Ding. Today he's got more than 2.2 million subscribers. 'Within the span of six months, we've created a critical mass of supporters,' says Ding. 'It's just amazing.'"