Category Archives: Technology
June 12, 2012, 7:44 pm
Steve Jobs may have been mum on his philanthropy, but his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, was anything but at a gathering of fundraisers last week, surprising many in attendance with his first public talk on his giving philosophy.
“I would never give a gift that has restrictions,” he said, in an appearance at the AFP TechKnow conference, in Orlando, Fla. “I leave that to people who know more than me.”
He told a gathering of technology-oriented fundraisers that he doesn’t often deal face-to-face with nonprofit solicitors. But when he does, he gets involved with their organizations, often in a hands-on way. As a supporter of the arts, he has even performed in ballets and community plays.
Growing up, he wanted to be an engineer like his father. But he also harbored ambitions of being a teacher. So, after he became wealthy, he taught students at a California public school for…
May 2, 2012, 2:23 pm
Donors who give through mobile text messages could soon have the options of giving a larger donation and setting up repeat text gifts, say the leaders of two of the organizations that oversee text giving in the U.S. and Canada.
Jim Manis, chief executive of the Mobile Giving Foundation, and Bernard Lord, chairman of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada, said in an interview that they are working with some cellular service providers to allow $20 donations—double the current $10 limit—and recurring donations, though they gave no timeline on when those features would be available.
Mr. Lord said 75 percent of donors are willing to give $20 or more through text messaging, according to research his group has conducted. Forty-seven percent say they are willing to donate $25 or more through the platform.
Text-message gifts remain popular, the two men say, even though it is quickly be…
April 4, 2012, 12:49 pm
Soon the fundraisers who solicit passersby on the streets of the world’s big cities will go high-tech.
Some groups are experimenting with using iPads to get attention and speed donation transactions. Charities are also seeking donors’ cellphone numbers so they can instantly thank the donors via a text message minutes later.
Daryl Upsall, a consultant in Madrid who advises nonprofits on the technique, said at a session of the Association of Fundraising Professionals annual meeting, in Vancouver, that street fundraising is growing more common and is now used in 35 countries.
But as the approach has become more popular, it has also spurred a backlash. In London and elsewhere in Britain, the solicitors are often called chuggers, a compression of the term charity muggers, Mr. Upsall says.
Because complaints about harassment have been on the rise, nonprofits have formed a…
March 22, 2012, 6:54 pm
The report, commissioned by the Case Foundation and the Razoo Foundation, looked in-depth at “Give to the Max Day,” a November fundraising event in Washington that was led by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the United Way of the National Capital Area, and Razoo, an online fundraising platform.
The fundraising days collected about $2-million from 18,000 donors for 1,200 nonprofits around the Washington area. The size of the average gift donated was about $106, although most gave just $10 online. The average amount raised by a participating charity was $1,681.
Here are some tips for nonprofits taking part in giving days, according to the report:
- Plan to invest…
February 10, 2012, 6:44 pm
The video-game enthusiasts from the group Speed Demos Archive, whose members dedicate themselves to completing video games quickly, raised about $150,000 for cancer research in a six-day marathon of speed gaming. That’s a big jump from the $53,000 the group raised last year in its initial event for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
“It’s really phenomenal,” says Liona Chan, spokeswoman for Prevent Cancer Foundation, which focuses on early detection of the disease. “The gaming community is really supportive. They’re a unique and unusual group of people who are energized to donate money for charity.”
It’s certainly not the foundation’s typical donor group, which skews older. “Most of them had never heard of our foundation,” Ms. Chan says. “They’re a…