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Guest Post: Social Actions Roundup #17

By Tom Watson on December 2, 20082 Comments

Note: The online social activism sector is growing all the time, and sharing information and ideas is crucial to continuing that growth – and the very impact on society. We’re happy to carry the excellent Social Actions Round-up of links and resources here at CauseWired, created by the prolific and plugged-in Joe Solomon. Enjoy it – and pass it along!

Despite the holiday schedule, we witnessed an explosion of reports, articles and presentations over the last seven days on how the online philanthropic landscape is shifting. In this round up, you’ll find links to material from The Hewlett Foundation, The MacAurther Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation, MSNBC, Cone Inc, Beth Kanter, Tom Watson, TechCrunch, and more.

We start the round-up with links to two break-through online fundraising campaigns: EpicChange’s TweetsGiving initiative (which raised over $10,000 in 48 hours from 336 contributors) and the British Humanist Association’s fundraising page on JustGiving (which raised over £100,000 in 7 days from 6,680 contributors).

News Roundup for Week of Nov 24-30, 2008

EpicChange launches TweetsGiving and raises $10,000 in 48 hours on Twitter.

JustGiving reports on the lessons learnt from the highly succesful Atheist Bus fundraiser. starts tweeting classroom projects that are nearly funded.

Tom Watson writes about’s experiment with affiliate marketing.’s Nonprofit portal reflects on how and why people donors give online.

Beth Kanter reports about’s Ideas for Change in America project and teaching your kids to be philanthropic.

TechCrunch posts SEC letter that explains the government’s reason for shutting down peer-to-peer lending site Prosper.

Better x Design reminds people to apply for a $1,500 grant from their Seed Fund.

Mark Surman of The Mozilla Foundation posts slides from his upcoming presentation, “A city that thinks like the web.”

Joe Solomon posts slides from his presentation, “Firefox Extensions for Social Change.”

The Hewlett Foundation released its report, “The Nonprofit Marketplace: Bridging the Information Gap in Philanth….” (read Christine Egger’s response)

The MacArthur Foundation released its findings from the Digial Youth Project.

MSNBC posted (yet another) report on what nonprofits can learn from Obama’s use of social media.

Vodophone Americas Foundation announced a $600,000 Wireless Innovation Challenge.

Cone, Inc released a report celebrating 25 years of cause marketing.

Recent Discoveries

The Atlantic’s think again blog

Urbantastic city guides to nonprofits in Vancouver and Victoria

Nonprofit 2.0 vlog

Video: Mark Kingwell and Malcolm Gladwell debate social change, and…

American Express 2007 Charitable Gift Survey

Frerieke van Bree’s reflections on implementing technology programs…

The Robin Hood Foundation’s approach to measuring impact

AGoodCause — shopping for a better world

The Fair Deal blog

CGAP — advancing financial access for the world’s poor

The MicroFinance Gateway

10Beyond — email stamps for nonprofits

Creating a Semantic Web for Philanthropy, by Tom Munnecke (2001)

eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit

Social Actions News

We announced 9 Goals for 2009.

Joe Solomon is hosting a conference call on 12/3 about Change the Web 2009.

Peter Deitz posted the Open Actions Update #2: Towards a Voting API.

The Social Actions team is developing a p2p fundraising campaign (launching 12/1/08)

What is the Social Actions Round Up?

Each week, Social Actions community members post links and news about online social activism – This round-up is a summary of the links that surfaced in the last 7 days. You can share links and news for future Social Actions rounds ups in the Peer-to-Peer Social Change FriendFeed Room. Check out past roundups here. You can also tag your delicious bookmarks with “p2pchange” or include “#p2pchange” in your tweets – we’ll scoop them up and review them for future Social Actions Roundups.

Social Actions roundups are syndicated on CauseWired, TakePart, and NetSquared.

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  • Frerieke says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning my name and post here!

    I am continuously inspired by the Social Action Community.

    Keep on inspiring and making things happen!

  • Frank says:

    Social action and “greenwashing” the way we do business is a very important goal that we should all be pursuing. The tricky part is that it requires both some immediacy and a long-term vision.

    Good post.

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