April 12, 2009

Buy on eBay to help your favorite cause


eBay Giving Works from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaAt the first Awareness2Action gathering in San Francisco in August 2008 I heard about eBay’s Giving Works program, which has raised $150 million for charitable causes on eBay over its first five years. These folks rock!

I swung down to eBay headquarters in San Jose a few weeks later and chatted with Kristin Cunningham, the program’s general manager. The video explains how you can help nonprofits through your purchases on eBay (and how nonprofits can help themselves).

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January 2, 2009

A new service for cause organizations

JD LasicaMy 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 Dempsey, my longtime partner in publishing onPhilanthropy.com, is joining me in launching the new firm, which will assist organizations and campaigns in creating inspiring messages for causes that change the world. …

What will CauseWired Communications do? Two things:

1. We will work with nonprofit organizations, foundations, companies and individuals on communications and development assignments – using story-telling, social networks, strategic planning, management and communications expertise to turn great programs into actionable causes.

2. We will publish onPhilanthropy.com, the global resource for philanthropy professionals, and run the annual Summit onPhilanthropy conference in New York each year.

I hope to collaborate on some projects with Tom and his partner Susan in the year ahead. Congrats on the launch, Tom!

October 12, 2008

Social media tools for causes

Education in Iraq

JD LasicaSeth (last name unknown) at the Berkman Center blogs: Social media tools for causes.

Lately, I’ve been using flickr, twitter, and mailman as tools for my favorite cause. So far I’ve seen some neat results from using these that I don’t see a lot of others doing. I will document some of the ways that I have been using these, and hopefully others will follow suit. …

Cross-posted to Socialmedia.biz