Category Archives: Philanthropic Technology

More Googlization

My recent Chronicle of Philanthropy column was about the Googlization of Philanthropy and the ways in which third party web applications can effectively organize philanthropic data so long as social sector players digitize their knowledge and make it accessible. I specifically was not making the point that Google the company should dominate this process. But [...]

The Googlification of Philanthropy

In early 2007, Carla Dearing, then the CEO of Community Foundations of America, wrote an op-ed in Worth magazine titled, “The Schwabification of Philanthropy.” Carla wrote: Today, donors bring increasing expectations to their philanthropy, including the need for complete information, varied opportunities for involvement and full accounting of outcomes. As a result, a new philanthropic [...]

Google.org & Superior Knowledge

About a month ago, Larry Brilliant announced the next chapter in the evolution of Google.org. My sister, Jessica Stannard-Friel, covered the announcement on her blog Reimagining CSR. The New York Times also covered the story (although Jessica thought they misinterpreted the context of the changes). Today I want to look at the decisions that Google [...]

NetSquared Mobile Challenge

Longtime readers of Tactical Philanthropy know that I’ve always been a fan of the NetSquared conference. From N2Y1, where I heard about some site called Facebook for the first time and was taught how to launch a blog. To N2Y2, a nonprofit “investment fair,” where the seemingly uncontroversial comment “some nonprofits just suck” by a [...]

Tactical Philanthropy on Twitter

Twitter is the first technology to make me feel old. As more and more people started using it, I kind of grumbled on the sidelines thinking “What can you say in 140 characters? Twitter doesn’t make any sense! Kids these days and all their newfangled technology drive me crazy!” Oops! Now I’m a Twitter fan. [...]

Why Philanthropy Wins in a Web 2.0 Culture

The business world hasn’t yet figured out how to deal with the way that the web makes sharing information incredibly easy. From newspapers, to music labels to anything that can be digitized, the web has destroyed business models that rely on ownership and control of information. Almost all profits comes from the control of certain [...]

Online Giving: Call for Assistance

On February 28 I’m guest lecturing in a Stanford University workshop taught by Bill Somerville. My one hour slot is going to focus on “Online Giving”. The class is called Philanthropy is For Everyone and is part of Stanford’s extension program. Most of the students are Stanford alumni who are currently involved in philanthropy or [...]

CauseWired by Tom Watson

Most people in philanthropy kind of get that the web and “social media” applications are having an important impact on the field, but they don’t really understand what it all means. If this describes you, you need to make it your New Year’s resolution to read the outstanding book CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing [...]

FORGE Final Report

On October 21, I called the Forging Ahead blog “The Most Important Nonprofit Blog” because of the way that executive director Kjerstin Erickson was embracing radical transparency in response to their fundraising crisis. On November 3, the Tactical Philanthropy Community responded with a number of offers of assistance. The lead assistance came from Curtis Chang [...]

GivingTools.com

In October I wrote: I own the domains www.GivingTools.com and www.GivingTools.org. I don’t have any plans to use them. I’m not interested in selling them, but if you would like the domains AND you have an interesting project that you would use them for, let me know and I’ll consider giving them to you. I’ve [...]