April 12, 2009

Advancing social causes on campus

by JD Lasica

Aden Van Noppen of Brown University discusses a youth initiative and campus engagement strategy, supported by the Acumen Fund, to involve college students in social causes. The initiative is focused on how finance and business can be used as a tool for social impact in fighting poverty and advancing other social causes — and making students aware of it. We … 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

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

October 14, 2008

How to pitch your social enterprise

by JD Lasica

I‘m handicapped by not having my MacBook Air, which was stolen yesterday, but here are some notes from Day 2 of the first Social Capital Markets conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco. At the Pitching in Action session, four organizations gave presentations on social enterprises they’re planning to launch. Each had a compelling story. Kevin Starr of the Mulago … Continue reading