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Online Social Action Platforms: A Complete List?

By Tom Watson on June 12, 200812 Comments

In the back of CauseWired, I’m planning to include some form of resources section and one of the things I’d like to do is public a decent list of online social action platforms, at least as of my deadline for changes. Here’s the list I have going so far (thanks to the always well-informed Peter Deitz for helping to round it out). Suggested additions most welcome!

allvoices

BetterPlace

BringLight

Care2

Causes on Facebook

Change.org

Changents

ChangingthePresent

ChipIn

Convio

DemocracyinAction

DonorsChoose

Firstgiving

freecycle

Fundable

GiveForward

GiveMeaning

Global Giving

Helpalot

JustGiving

justmeans

Karmadu

Kiva

Knowmore.org

Make The Difference Network

MicroGiving

Network for Good

PincGiving

PledgeBank

Razoo

SixDegrees

Social Actions

Social Markets

SocialVibe

TakingItGlobal

ThePoint

Zazengo

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  • Heather says:

    Great list, Tom! It would be great to have a summary of what all these platforms do to separate them a bit, which is what Peter’s starting over at SocialActions.com…

  • Tom Inhaler says:

    thanks for including knowmore.org in your list!

  • At Keystone we conducted a study of online philanthropy markets that I’m sure you’ll find interesting. It provides a list of websites that we have examined in the online social change field. Available from here: http://www.keystoneaccountability.org/node/159
    Hope it helps!
    All the best,
    Natalia

  • Excellent platforms, heart felt intent, creative execution -virtually speaking of course.

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  • adventuresinsocialmedia says:

    Hello Tom,

    Thanks for posting about the JustMeans social action platform. I’m glad you are familiar with the social media and communications work of JustMeans. Beyond our role in providing a platform for social impact, I want to let you know of our other service areas:

    1. Talent:
    For Individuals – We have over 2000 great job listings.
    For Companies – We provide recruiting service that includes posting jobs, promoting current job opportunities, and direct company recruitment.

    2. Technology:
    We have mastered social media build-outs and we are now developing customized platforms for companies that want to up-date their traditional styled websites.

    Thanks for the great post about JustMeans and the great list of social action platforms!

    Ashley Fidel
    JustMeans New York Associate
    http://www.justmeans.com
    afidel@justmeans.com

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  • Zenia says:

    Don’t forget about CanadaHelps.org! We’re a great platform for donors to give through our portal (one-time or monthly), gift with our Gift Cards, and do peer-to-peer fundraising through our Giving Pages.

    Zenia

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  • Michelle says:

    Wow, the list is growing everyday! Thanks for posting.

    -Michelle

  • Tom, a few more for your list, including some well-established and some emerging social action platforms. Our goal at Social Actions is to soon have profiles for all of these available in an easy-to-peruse format. Will keep you posted as that resource comes along!

    350.org (www.350.org)
    CharityFocus (www.charityfocus.org)
    Conexion Columbia (http://www.conexioncolombia.com/)
    Dreambank (www.dreambank.org)
    Epic Change (www.epicchange.org)
    Give2Asia (www.give2asia.org)
    GiveIndia (www.giveindia.org)
    GoSomething (www.gosomething.org)
    HelpArgentina (www.helpargentina.org)
    Idealist (www.idealist.org)
    Just Give (www.justgive.org)
    MissionFish (an eBay site) (www.missionfish.org)
    Modest Needs (www.modestneeds.org)
    MyC4 (www.myc4.org)
    Nabuur (www.nabuur.org)
    OneWorld.net (www.onehttp://us.oneworld.net/campaignworld.net)
    uPlej (www.uplej.com)
    WiserEarth (www.wiserearth.org)

  • Hi Tom,

    We’re continuing to build out the list of platforms over at Social Actions. Here’s a subset of the ones that are (or soon will be) profiled in the Meet the Platforms section of our site, for which we’ve drafted up one-liner descriptions to help give people a quick idea of how each platform differs from another.

    We’d love feedback from you and your readers on how well we’re doing in that regard. I’ll check here for comments, and all are welcome to join the discussion on our blog or contact me at christine@socialactions.com.

    At the bottom, I’ve added an alphabetical list of all of the platforms we’re now aware of — well over 100 and counting!

    Thanks,
    Christine

    Christine Egger
    http://www.SocialActions.com
    Join the conversation http://blog.socialactions.com

    Amazee: Combines fundraising, project management, and networking resources, with no fee other than what PayPal assesses

    Bring Light: Fundraising pages for individuals and groups to collect donations for U.S. registered nonprofits

    CanadaHelps: Fundraising pages for, and direct donations to, Canadian registered nonprofits

    Care2 Petition Site: One of the largest online petition communities, 9.8 million and counting

    Cause Caller: Unique free service for creating or connecting to a cause, and contacting politicians with your message

    Change.org: Fundraising and petition pages, within a community of bloggers and others committed to your cause

    ChangingthePresent: Fundraising pages, gift registries, and other tools for giving charitable donations in place of other gifts.

    CharityFocus: Inspiration and services for individuals and nonprofits, from fundraising and volunteering, to news-sharing and web development

    ChipIn: Create a widget, to post anywhere on the internet, to collect money for any purpose

    ChristmasFuture: Promoting donations to select grassroots international projects as an alternative to traditional gift-giving

    DemocracyInAction: Provides a suite of online organizing tools for nonprofits, to build awareness and mobilize members and supporters and keep them engaged

    DonorsChoose.org: Fundraising pages for classroom projects proposed by public school teachers

    DreamBank: Fundraising pages to fund someone’s dream, whatever that might be

    DropCash: Create a page or widget, to post anywhere on the internet, to collect money for any purpose

    Firstgiving: Fundraising pages for individuals and groups to collect donations for U.S. registered nonprofits

    Five Minute Action Network: Action-commitment pages for individuals, prompting an action that only takes 5 minutes to complete, and sharing photos and stories about that action

    Fundable: Fundraising pages for individuals and groups to pool funds for any purpose. The pledged funds are only collected when a pre-set minimum number of funds has been committed.

    GiveForward: Fundraising pages for individuals and groups to collect as little as $1 for any project, any purpose

    GiveMeaning: Fundraising pages for US and Canadian registered nonprofits. Votes of support for your project must be collected before fundraising begins, and fundraising must be completed within 90 days. No fees are taken — 100% of the donations are passed through to your project.

    GlobalGiving: Fundraising pages posted by vetted registered nonprofits for grassroots-level projects in developing countries

    GlobalGiving UK: Fundraising pages posted by vetted registered nonprofits for grassroots-level projects in developing countries

    Helpalot: Fundraising pages for individuals to collect donations, votes, and news on projects sponsored by registered nonprofits

    Idealist: Post and find nonprofit-related volunteer opportunitites, consultants, jobs, materials, events, and information

    JustGive: Donations, gift certificates, wedding registry, and wish list giving for Guidestart-listed US nonprofits.

    Justgiving: Fundraising pages for select U.K. registered nonprofits

    Justmeans: Jobs, news, and networks for people who create change.

    Kiva: Interest-free micro-loan pages for select entrepreneurs in developing countries

    Microgiving: Fundraising pages for vetted individuals and registered nonprofits

    MicroPlace: Interest-earning micro-loan pages for select entrepreneurs in developing countries

    Modest Needs: Fundraising pages for individuals requesting support for a one-time expense, so they can continue to make ends meet

    MyCause: Fundraising pages for Australian registered nonprofits

    NABUUR: Online volunteer opportunities to support grassroots projects in developing countries

    OneWorld.net: Take-action and news pages for 100 U.S. registered nonprofits and 2500 organizations worldwide

    PincGiving: Fundraising pages, and direct donations to, North American, Australian, and U.K. registered nonprofits in any one of 14 currencies

    PledgeBank: Pledge pages for individuals to encourage others to make the same pledge

    Prax: Action pages Canadian individuals, groups, and registered nonprofits

    Razoo: Action-taking and goal-setting pages for individuals to create and join around any cause/topic of interest

    SixDegrees: Fundraising badges for individuals to collect donations for U.S. registered nonprofits

    Spot.Us: Fundraising pages for individuals and groups to collect donations to commission freelance journalists

    TakingITGlobal: The world’s most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference, with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month.

    The Point: Fundraising and petition pages with “tipping points” embedded. The pledged action is only taken when the tipping point is reached.

    uPlej: Fundraising pages for select U.S. registered nonprofits, where donations of $4.79 per month are distributed to nonprofits selected by your uPlej social network.

    VolunteerMatch: A leader in volunteer matchmaking: 3 million referrals; 55,000 current opportunities; 60,000 member organizations

    Zazengo: Tools to track your impact, organize activities, and match your skills and interests to people, projects, and organizations.

    _______________________________________________

    Alphabetical list of all platforms we’re aware of:

    350.org
    43things.cm
    ActsofKindness.org
    AllVoices
    Alonovo
    Amazee
    Ammado (GivingCircle)
    ArtHead
    ArtTribesNetwork
    Ask4
    Avaaz
    Beautiful Foundation
    BetterPlace
    BigWhiteWall.cm
    Bring Light
    Cagora
    CanadaHelps
    Care2
    Care2 Petition Site
    Cause Caller
    Causes on Facebook
    Celsias
    Change.org
    ChangingthePresent
    Charity Aid Foundation
    Charity: Water
    CharityFocus
    ChipIn
    ChristmasFuture
    CivSpark
    Community Goals (Collective Insight)
    Conexion Columbia
    Convio
    Delicious
    DemocracyInAction
    Diabetes Hands Foundation
    DoGooderTV
    DonorEdge
    DonorsChoose.org
    DreamBank
    DreamFish
    DropCash
    Epic Change
    Firstgiving
    Five Minute Action Network
    Flashmob.co.uk
    Freecycle
    Fundable
    Get up
    Give2Asia
    GiveForward
    GiveIndia
    GiveMeaning
    Global Mindshift
    Global Voices Online
    GlobalGiving
    GlobalGiving UK
    GoSomething
    Greater Good South Africa
    Helpalot
    HelpArgentina
    Idealist
    Join-Me.co.uk
    JustGive
    Justgiving
    Justmeans
    Karmadu
    Kiva
    Lend4Health
    LibriVox
    LinkedIn
    Make the Difference Network
    Meetup
    Microgiving
    MicroPlace
    MissionFish (eBay)
    MobileMatters
    Modest Needs
    Moveon
    MyC4
    MyCause
    NABUUR
    Ned
    NetworkforGood
    OneWorld.net
    OurMedia
    PincGiving
    PledgeBank
    Prax
    Project/Agape
    Razoo
    Realisr
    ReelChanges.org
    Remarkd.com
    SixDegrees
    Small Change Fund
    Social Markets
    Social Stock Exchange
    SocialVibe
    South African Social Investment Exchange
    Spark
    Spot.Us
    Squarepeg
    Stickk
    TakingITGlobal
    The Point
    UnLtdWorld
    uPlej
    Virgance
    VolunteerMatch
    Wahblo
    We the Citizens
    WeCanSolveIt
    Wildlife Direct
    WiserEarth
    Wokia
    World Development Movement
    World Peace Emerging
    Youchoose.net
    Zazengo

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