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Social Good Network Helps Nonprofits Get More Donations


According to the Social Good Network, about 47 percent of people who go to donate to a nonprofit end up giving up. That’s a lot of lost money that the Boise startup wants to put in the hands of worthy causes. Social Good Network’s offerings start with a better donation button for nonprofits’ websites. Instead of… Read more »

Fundraise and Organize Like a Pro with Fundaround


Let’s face it – fundraising is hard.  Whether you have paraded around the neighborhood in the middle of winter selling Girl Scout cookies, or harassed your friends and family via Facebook to donate towards a marathon, you know that the process can be frustrating and exhausting. Few organizations have a wealth of resources from which… Read more »

Phone2Action: Grassroots Advocacy from the Palm of Your Hand


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


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


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


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 »