Category Archives: Social Media

An Important New Foundation Blog

(Disclosure: The Peery Family are clients of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. We advise on a portion of their overall philanthropic activity and offered only limited input on their new blog.) This is the first time I’ve written a blog post about the activities of a client. But the Peery Foundation’s experimentation with Twitter was featured as […]

Punching at Your Own Weight in Social Media

This is a guest post from Daniel Ben-Horin, CEO of TechSoup Global. By Daniel Ben-Horin This is a condensed version of a panel presentation I gave at the European Foundation Center conference in early June. The panel topic was: “Social Media: Threat or Menace?” No, I made that up. The panel was called, Social media: […]

Fantastic Video Contest Finalists

Below are the four finalist for the Tactical Philanthropy Fantastic Video Contest. These video’s will be shown at the See Change inVision 2010 conference and the attendees will pick a winner. Thanks for everyone’s participation!

Tactical Philanthropy Fantastic Video Contest Finalists

I’ve updated the full list of submissions to the Fantastic Video Contest. You can find the list here (with some really good new submissions that didn’t make the finalist list). I’ve culled the list down to my favorite ten videos. Now I’d like to ask the Tactical Philanthropy community to vote for which three of […]

Tactical Philanthropy Fantastic Video Contest Update

Sometimes posts on this blog get picked up by the Tactical Philanthropy community and take on a life of their own. That’s what seems to be happen with our Fantastic Video Contest. Here’s what’s happening. First we are getting a strong response with videos of all sorts coming in from readers. You can find links […]

Tactical Philanthropy’s Fantastic Video Competition

In my public speaking, I’ve recently ditched Powerpoint and started using software called Prezi. There is a lot to like about Prezi, but one of my favorite features is how easy it is to embed video clips in my presentations. So today, I’m launching a little project to help me find the best videos on […]

Does Information Want to be Free in Philanthropy?

One of the issues I write about frequently is “information sharing in philanthropy.” My basic argument is that because the social sector is trying to create value that accrues to the public, individuals actors in the sector can enhance their total impact by sharing what they know with other actors. However, my argument also has […]

Glass Pockets: A Revolution in Foundation Transparency

“We think the foundation should have glass pockets.” – Russell Leffingwell, Chair, Carnegie Corporation, 1952 Hot on the heels of rolling out real time tracking of foundation grants in support of Haiti, the Foundation Center has quietly launched a new project with the whimsical name Glass Pockets. With a mission to “bring transparency to the […]

Causes, MySpace & ideablob

In recent days, Causes has left MySpace and IdeaBlob has shutdown. To some, these events were unimportant. In reaction to the Causes announcement, Economist bureau chief Matthew Bishop tweeted “Who knew it was on MySpace?” to which New York Times reporter Stephanie Strom tweeted back “No kidding.” But to many people active in online social […]

Twitter, Philanthropy & Influence

This is my newest column in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. You can find an archive of past columns here. Twitter Presents a Chance for Savvy Charities to Reach More People November 12, 2009 | Link of Chronicle of Philanthropy Late one Friday afternoon this fall, Matt Flannery, the co-founder of, posted a message on […]