April 9, 2009

Samasource enables socially responsible outsourcing

by JD Lasica

Samasource from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Leila Chirayath, founder and CEO of Samasource, has been popping up at nonprofit events everywhere lately. Samasource is a nonprofit organization in Silicon Valley that connects small and mid-size businesses with individuals and firms in the developing world that can perform outsourcing work (such as data entry) in a socially responsible way. They now … Continue reading

February 23, 2009

How does mobile giving work?

by Katrin Verclas

Mobile fundraising is taking off — or so at least hope nonprofits hard hit by the economic downturn. Organizations are looking for a new channel for people to give on the spot, wherever they are, with their phones and a quick text message. Mobile giving via SMS in the United States and many other parts of the world, has been … Continue reading

January 2, 2009

A new service for cause organizations

by JD Lasica

My longtime friend Tom Watson, author of CauseWired, launched a new venture on Thursday: CauseWired Communications LLC. I’ve long thought that there’s a market opportunity for consultancies and social enterprises to serve the needs of nonprofits and cause organizations that don’t have the financial or staffing resources to take advantage of the social Web. Tom writes on Facebook: Susan Carey … Continue reading

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December 11, 2008

A guide to cause agents and change makers

by JD Lasica

Tom Watson, one of the people who have made a difference in this space, has written a new book, CauseWired, and here’s a review I published to Amazon.com: In the past two years I’ve been more and more drawn to the world of social causes. (I’m the co-founder of Ourmedia.org and have participated in some Social Media Camps.) But something … Continue reading

August 14, 2008

Social action face to face

by JD Lasica

Spent Wednesday night at a new event in San Francisco called awareness2action that drew 40-50 people to the DragonBar in San Francisco’s North Beach. Put together by uber-networker Sundeep Ahuja, the gathering’s objective was "to connect with others leveraging the web to convert awareness to action, and share best practices." Among the folks I met: • David Levy, co-founder and … Continue reading

August 4, 2008

Reduce your carbon footprint

by JD Lasica

Interview with ZeroFootprint from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Here’s a 4 1/2-minute video interview with Deborah Kaplan, executive director of Zerofootprint.net, an amazing organization based in Toronto and devoted to help organizations, cities and individuals recognize their carbon footprint and take specific measures to help reduce climate change. The interview was conducted at the Stanford Summit in July 2008. They’re … Continue reading

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