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Phone2Action: Grassroots Advocacy from the Palm of Your Hand

Phone2Action

Step 1: Write email to elected official. Step 2: Spend 15 minutes online determining to whom it should be sent. Step 3: Eat cheesecake to resolve any resulting frustration and confusion. Advocacy is an essential component of our political system. It is through advocacy that our elected officials learn of our concerns; without it, public… Read more »


Keep America Beautiful’s New Hub Visualizes Volunteer Work

Keep America Beautiful

As over 4 million volunteers plant trees, clean up waste, and recycle across America, all their efforts will be visualized on Keep America Beautiful’s new social volunteer hub. The Great American Cleanup is a community improvement program that takes place in over 21,000 communities each year. Starting in 2013, all volunteers who use the hashtag… Read more »


Get Funding for Your Social Impact Startup on WeSparkt

WeSparkt

Social impact startups can sign up today to start raising funding on WeSparkt. WeSparkt connects startups in clean tech and renewable energy, health, education, and sustainability with accredited investors (defined by SEC income requirements). Startups can raise around $50,000 to $200,000 on the platform in exchange for equity. To protect investors, WeSparkt puts startups through… Read more »





Modavanti Showcases Stylish, “Sustainable” Fashion

Modavanti

Fashion startup Modavanti was inspired by the work of environmentally conscious designers: think silk made from sour milk, fish leather, and purses made from car upholstery. Cofounder Ariel Azoff wanted to showcase high-end, sustainable fashion and defy the stigma of eco-fashion. What’s that stigma? “That the clothes are all made with hemp and are brown,”… Read more »


Bright Funds: The “Mutual Fund” for Donating to Charity

Bright Funds

According to Bright Funds, the San Francisco startup takes a “mutual funds approach” to charity donations. Donors choose a broad cause – poverty, education, health, water, or environment – and then Bright Funds allocates that money to a variety of nonprofits working on different aspects. For example, “water” includes organizations tackling clean water, sanitation, hygiene,… Read more »


Rachel Cook of Seeds on the Intersection of Microlending and Gaming [Video]

rachel cook

Imagine a world where gaming lead directly to social good.  This is the reality that Rachel Cook, founder and CEO at Seeds, is in the process of creating.  In Kenya, microlending services such as Safaricom’s M-PESA have accounted for more than 20% of the country’s GDP.  Cook’s social gaming for good aims to accelerate this. Tech Cocktail… Read more »



Uplift Teaches STEM to Minority Students in DC

UpLiftInc

In the latest Global Competitiveness Report, the United States ranks 47th worldwide for the quality of math and science education. Doing its small part to help that, the nonprofit Uplift started an extracurricular program that teaches STEM to minority students in pre-K through 12th grade. With guest speakers, group activities, and field trips, it hopes… Read more »


Trensy Uses Competition to Drive Volunteerism

Trensy

Last year, around 64.3 million people volunteered in the U.S.  But with massive social, environmental, and economic problems facing our country, these millions of hours only make a dent in creating the change needed to improve our society. So,Trensy cofounder Bryan Naas decided to challenge people to give even more of their time, with a… Read more »



Encore: An Innovative Way to Captivate Your Donors

Encore

How much do you know about the daily struggles and triumphs of the charities you support?  If you’re involved with a nonprofit yourself, how do you engage supporters and share the incredible stories that make your work worthwhile?  Newsletters, more often than not, are deleted from inboxes almost as automatically as spam.  On the rare… Read more »



DonationMatch Helps Charities Get Donations from Companies

DonationMatch

If companies want to donate to charity, their traditional options are limited: post a form on their website for donation requests, or maybe visit a local nonprofit. But a few services online are starting to connect them to nonprofits directly. Auction Frogs connects businesses with nonprofits who need donations for their auctions. BrandingForGood takes donations… Read more »