Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

The real-time web is a paradigm based on pushing information to users as soon as it’s available, instead of requiring that they or their software check a source periodically for updates.

Mobile Commons Helps Non-Profit Organizations Responding to the Chile Earthquake

Mobile Commons

NEW YORK – March 8, 2010 – In the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile, nonprofit organizations raced to mobilize aid and plan recovery efforts, while also raising resources and funds to support their humanitarian programs in Chile. The following organizations are running Chile Earthquake Relief programs, powered by Mobile Commons: Text LIVE to 25383 to donate $10 to AmeriCares. Text CHILE to 25383 to donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity.

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25 Largest Online Fundraising Nonprofits in 2010 | Nonprofit.

NonProfit Trends

Earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and New Zealand along with floods and landslides in other parts of the world drove donors to give online. Blackbaud and the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council have been working together to publish trends and best practice information in this area.

Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


On January 12, 2010, I didn't personally experience the major earthquake that hit Haiti, but I was forever changed by it. We set up the home bases, provide mission-related information, and enjoy all the people who come in to play. But I wasn't prepared for the type of incoming information I saw in the weeks after January 12, 2010. . In the midst of the viral Text HAITI to 90999 message, we saw the emergence of what we're calling emergency social data, or #crisisdata.

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Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector


summits and informal conferences around the country initiated last year by O’Reilly (the publisher) and other partners. Looking at the wordle (word cloud) of those introductions, you can see that data and open information drew many to the conference. In the not so distant future, we should aim that reactive freedom of information lawsuits will fade in favor of proactive Data Impact Statements throughout government.

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