Category Archives: n2y2

The Vocabulary of Philanthropy

More blogs weigh in on the for-profit vs. nonprofit war of words, here, here, here and here. One of the posts quotes an email from Dave Chakrabarti, a major contributor to the debate on this blog, encouraging his network to weigh in on the debate: Coming under fire for offering services for free, by nonprofit […]

More Philanthropy Debate

Very few foundation employees ever comment on this blog. I’d love them to join the discourse, but I get the sense they feel it is far too risky to let an individual express an opinion that might not be inline with “official foundation statements”. I think it’s a shame, because their point of view is […]

Philanthropic Capital Allocation

My friend Daniel Ben-Horin, founder of CompuMentor/TechSoup (the nonprofit behind NetSquared), took issue with the “Some nonprofits just suck” comment of CompuMentor board member Mike Brown and my subsequent post on the subject. Daniel (this is an excerpt of his comment, read the whole thing here): Mike is my good friend and our Board member […]

NetSquared Winners

Congrats to the winning projects of the NetSquared Conference: Miro

Some Nonprofits Just Suck

Mike Brown, a venture capitalist, moderating an Economic Sustainability track at the NetSquared Conference: Some nonprofits just suck! He got some hesitant applause and a few nervous laughs. But why is that such a shocking statement? Doesn’t everyone agree that some for-profit companies “just suck”? Why should nonprofits be any different? In a world with […]

Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Changing the World

“I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in those places.” Anne FadimanThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Why am I at NetSquared? I provide wealth management […]

NetSquared First Take

Put 21 groups of passionate social entrepreneurs and 300 funders, technologists, social impact experts and web 2.0 leaders in a room and shake. What do you get? Well so far, you find that some of the entrepreneurs on stage are full of passion… and not much else. If you don’t understand a question that asks […]

NetSquared N2Y2

I’ll be at the NetSquared conference all day today and tomorrow. Check out the four ways to participate online. During the conference, I will serve as a judge on the “economic sustainability” panel for the following projects. If you have any feedback to share, send me a note before 1:50 pacific time: Farmer2Farmer Yankana MAPLight […]

Tactical Philanthropy Podcast: Daniel-Ben Horin

Launch Podcast My guest today is Daniel Ben-Horin. Daniel is founder and president of CompuMentor and TechSoup, who are behind the NetSquared Conference. Daniel discusses the history of CompuMentor, how technology is transforming nonprofits, explains the vision behind NetSquared, and reflects on the use of “wisdom of crowd” techniques in philanthropy. Launch Podcast Expand this […]