Friday, December 07, 2007 "Viral philanthropy, in contrast, allows the average individual to decide how to present the appeal to other Internet users. For instance, people can solicit donations through their blogs or their profiles, or download an application allowing them to join groups on intended to raise money for a particular cause. These e-philanthropists can also go to such sites as to create 'charity badges' that can be posted on Web sites, blogs or profiles on social networking sites. The badge displays a snippet of information about the charity, the amount of money raised and a tab to send a donation to the organization. But at this point, the buzz surrounding viral philanthropy is greater than the substance, said Michael Nilsen, director of public affairs for the Association of Fundraising Professionals: 'It's one of those things that are being talked about a lot.'" Lend a Hand: Help nonprofits with technology needs Lend a Hand: Help nonprofits with technology needs: "Many local nonprofit agencies depend on volunteers with general IT, Web site design, and database experience, as well as donated computers and printers to help keep their organizations running in today's wired society. This week's column features a few IT-related opportunities for you to lend a hand to agencies serving our community. Laptop computer and printer needed Project Linus, established in 1995, now has more than 400 chapters throughout the United States. Project Linus provides new blankets, all handmade by volunteers, to children in crisis. Last year N.H. Seacoast Project Linus donated more than 1,000 blankets to children in local hospitals, schools, homeless shelters and foster care. Donations of a new laptop computer with Microsoft Office software and a printer are greatly needed at this time"

'Sector's Facebook' launched - Third Sector

'Sector's Facebook' launched - Third Sector: "Sector's Facebook' launched By Indira Das-Gupta, Third Sector Online, 7 December 2007 MyCharityPage, a new website billed as the sector's answer to Facebook, is being launched to enable charities to network with one another, engage supporters and fundraise more effectively. The website encourages users to build profile pages explaining their fundraising activities. Each user is given their own URL so that friends and supporters can visit their web page directly to make donations. As with Facebook, users can also write blogs, upload photos and videos, add friends to their profiles, send private messages to other members and create and join groups."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Nonprofits benefit from Web surfers : Business : Ventura County Star

Nonprofits benefit from Web surfers : Business : Ventura County Star: "t's hard to break the Google habit. Most Web surfers go automatically to the site when wanting to search something out — or move up to the Google search tool at the top of the browser for even quicker access. But there are sites cropping up these days that not only return solid search results, but also leave the searcher with some warm-and-fuzzies."

Business: Web networks transforming philanthropy | people, online, smith -

Business: Web networks transforming philanthropy | people, online, smith - "Charities are able to reach a new pool of good Samaritans on the Internet By AMY HOAK MARKETWATCH December 3, 2007 - 10:44PM CHICAGO - GeorgeAnne Smith was one of the lucky ones. The San Diego resident and her family weren’t displaced by the wildfires that ravished the area in the fall. But the 42-year-old accountant wanted to help those who their lost homes, giving them comfort in the form of handmade blankets made by her and others throughout the country. She organized a drive for 8-inch squares that would be pieced together as blankets for people who lost everything in the fires. Requests were posted on Web sites including, an online knit and crochet community, and the blog 25 Things for Charity (www.25thingsforcharity.blogspot. com). Smith is a member of both."

Asia's richest man takes Facebook stake - Technology - BrisbaneTimes

Asia's richest man takes Facebook stake - Technology - BrisbaneTimes: "Li, 79, will receive a 0.4 per cent stake in Palo Alto-based Facebook in return for his investment, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity. The cash is coming from Li's personal foundation, the person said. The billionaire's business interests, anchored by the Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, are not involved."

Monday, December 03, 2007

One Laptop Per Child orders surge - The Boston Globe

One Laptop Per Child orders surge - The Boston Globe: "Despite slower-than-expected sales and tough competition from commercial rivals, the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge is enjoying a surge of new orders."