Category Archives: Social Media

GOOD Buys Jumo, Seeks Social Connective Tissue

Jumo is supposed to be Facebook for nonprofits. Founded by Facebook co-founder and chief digital organizer of the Obama 2008 campaign, Chris Hughes, Jumo launched with great fanfare and grant funding from the Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network and Knight Foundation. GOOD is a publishing and marketing company “for people who want to live well and […]

The “Power & Influence” of Social Media in Philanthropy

(Update: The Nonprofit Times emailed me to point out that I should have disclosed that I write for the Chronicle of Philanthropy when I wrote this post. They’re right, I should have. I write a monthly column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.) The Nonprofit Times has released their annual Power & Influence Top 50 list […]

Funders Lagging Nonprofits in Technology Adoption

This is a guest post by Tessie Guillermo, CEO of ZeroDivide, an organization that helps underserved communities realize the transformative power of technology to achieve social progress and economic opportunity. By Tessie Guillermo The demand for technology by nonprofits as a tool for social change has been rising. However, the supply of technology funding has […]

Daily Digest Update

The Daily Digest nightly post that I run is powered by the bookmarking service Delicious. Yahoo owns Delicious and has said they plan to close it down at some point. Recently, the Delicious service keeps failing, which is why there has been a dearth of Daily Digest posts. I’m going to move to a new […]

Groupon & For-Profit Social Impact

The NTEN conference call interview I did with Groupon’s head of social innovation Patty Huber last week went well. Patty fielded my conceptual questions as well as lots of nuts and bolts technical questions from the large audience. I learned a couple of interesting things. (See my post on the idea of Groupon as a […]

The Story Behind Red Cross’s Twitter Faux Pas

This is a guest post by Wendy Harman, Director of Social Media for the American Red Cross. Sean’s note: After watching the Red Cross’s perfect handling of a social media faux pas by one of their employees, I asked Wendy to write a guest post explaining how they approached the situation. It seems to me […]

Groupon, NTEN & Tactical Philanthropy Teleconference

The blog post I wrote about Groupon’s evolution from a social enterprise made the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere for quite a few days. One reader was Groupon CEO Andrew Mason who forwarded the post to his social innovation lead Patty Huber. Another reader was NTEN’s executive director Holly Ross who has now put together […]

Speaking at New Profit’s Gathering of Leaders

Next week I’ll be in Miami speaking at New Profit’s Gathering of Leaders. While I’ve often focused on New Profit’s “investing in nonprofits” approach to grantmaking, they also have an “Action Tank” that works to strengthen the ecosystem for social entrepreneurs and the environment in which nonprofit capital markets are being created. In 2007, New […]

Bill Gates’ Annual Letter & Brilliant Video

In the wealth management business, many money managers write quarterly or annual letters to their investors. Far from simple boilerplate memos, these letters are read closely by investors and seen as important sources of knowledge. Philanthropy has a little bit of this dynamic, but not much. For the most part, foundation annual reports are ignored […]

Groupon’s Social Enterprise Pivot

Reader David Geihufe, who joined the debate around the Groupon as a social enterprise debate (part 1, part 2), points us to a recent TechCrunch post on the “pivots” of web companies. Joking that the word pivot has jumped the shark and should now only be used in mockery, TechCrunch illustrates the way web companies […]