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HOW TO: Give Back With Social MicroFunding in 2009. Leslie Poston is a writer, social media guide and tech junkie, as well as the founder of Uptown Uncorked.

HOW TO: Give Back With Social MicroFunding in 2009

This is part of her Real World Change 2.0 series. If you've been watching the web the last few weeks, especially Twitter, you've seen a rapid rise in a new trend: microfunding for charities and causes. DIGITAL CHARITY TOOLBOX: 50+ Ways to Get Your "Give" O. Qui Diaz is director of strategy at Livingston Communications and specializes in social media for social causes. She proclaims ‘the good’ on her blog, Evange.List. As the economy goes, so goes giving to causes that need donor dollars to keep doors open. While we bemoan sacrifices of luxury goods, our global social sector is faced with shortening the line or thinning the soup – neither of which are acceptable options.

Because charities are rising to the challenge to engage us online, it’s a breeze for us – the cash-strapped consumers – to meet them halfway. Why not buy gifts that give back when shopping online, or take a minute to sign and forward a Facebook petition? 26 Charities and Non-Profits on Twitter. Lon S.

26 Charities and Non-Profits on Twitter

Cohen is a writer and Director of Communications at @ALSofGNY. He is @obilon on Twitter. Twestival Raises Over $250k and Counting. Mashable has partnered with Twestival to promote the world's largest Twitter fundraising drive.

Twestival Raises Over $250k and Counting

Here, Amanda Rose, the global organizer of Twestival, discusses the results of the fundraiser and next steps. On January 8, 2009, a tweet went out asking other cities to join in hosting a Twestival on February 12th with the aim of bringing local Twitter communities together offline and raising money for our cause charity: water. In less than a month, close to 1,000 volunteers hosted events in over 200 cities around the world.