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Fundraising Fundraising or fund raising (also known as "development") is the process of soliciting and gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies (see also crowd funding). Although fundraising typically refers to efforts to gather money for non-profit organizations, it is sometimes used to refer to the identification and solicitation of investors or other sources of capital for for-profit enterprises. Traditionally, fundraising consisted mostly of asking for donations on the street or at people's doors, and this is experiencing very strong growth[citation needed] in the form of face-to-face fundraising, but new forms of fundraising such as online fundraising have emerged in recent years, though these are often based on older methods such as grassroots fundraising.

Use Facebook Questions for Your Nonprofit Unlike the Q&A site Quora, Facebook Questions allows brands to ask and answer questions. On Quora you have to be a person, but Facebook Questions uses your nonprofit’s Page and avatar as your Facebook Questions identity. Quora is great for professionals and those that want to spend time building their personal brand online, but I think Facebook’s decision to allow brands to use Questions was smart. Very smart.

How Online Comments Are Becoming A Big Business They almost seem like an afterthought, the comments attached to Internet content. These scribblings may seem like the anonymous musings of the masses, but many corporations are viewing them as a high-powered vehicle to drive lead generation and community building, and funding trends for commenting vendors suggests that this is not afterthought: Comments are a very valuable Web business. Chances are you've used Livefyre and not known it. After all, their clients include some of the biggest media out there. With huge partnerships with Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and TechCrunch, Livefyre's business is largely enterprise, and geared towards giving its clients, who boast millions of readers, new outlets to express themselves.

The Next American Revolution Won't Be Like the First - Wendy McElroy One of my friends believes that a second American revolution is imminent and will be sparked by the economic instability now rocking the continent. Frankly, I doubt it. Insurrections may occur, but I expect the US government to lumber along, dragging the world deeper into poverty and conflict for many years to come. Upon hearing my friend out, however, my first thought was, "if a revolution erupts, it will resemble the French one of 1789 more closely than the American one of 1776." DonorsChoose How does it work? is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent.

Friend-to-Friend Campaigns with Crowdrise Crowdrise is about online fundraising, event fundraising, volunteering and having the most fun in the world while doing it. They’re making an impact by providing a site where even if the cause is extremely serious, people raising money for that cause could have fun doing it. In the short time they have been around, they have found that Making donating fun - through things like badges, game mechanics and point systems - actually works. The Basic Idea

Announcing: Open Foresight & The Future of Facebook Project In a world characterized by increasing complexity and accelerating change, we need tools that help us understand future possibilities in order to make more informed decisions today. The field of Futures Studies, or Strategic Foresight, has already developed many such tools, but they are still not commonly utilized by the general public. So, I’ve partnered up with a colleague, Alvis Brigis, to help elevate the ‘futures thinking’ meme. We’re developing a process called Open Foresight, which aims to serve as an updated model for harvesting collective insight, generating scenarios, and creating strategic roadmaps into the future.

A Personal Marketing Plan for the New Job Search Having trouble getting called for an interview? It may be you need to make some changes to your job search routine. The job hunt has changed drastically from what it used to be… and what used to work. In the past, you submitted applications to job postings; then sit home and wait for someone to call you for an interview. The politics of pensions Steve Cushion Crisis? What crisis? Prophets of doom in the government and their supporters in the press are currently issuing dire warnings that there is a crisis in the provision of pensions because we are all living longer. This, we are told, can only be resolved if pensionable age is raised, benefit levels curbed and contributions from employees are increased.

Care2 make a difference? The Trump Administration is proposing to cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the proposed FY 2018 budget. At a time when extraordinary progress is being made against cancer and many other diseases, these draconian cuts would set research back for decades and also threaten the careers of an entire generation of young investigators working in labs and clinics all over the country who are committed to improving public health and saving lives. Trump's budget proposal will severely jeopardize the progress we are making in preventing, treating, and curing cancer. Providing robust, sustained, and predictable annual funding increases for the NIH is absolutely required for the benefit of cancer patients nationwide.

Fundraising on Facebook with Causes Causes is the world’s largest platform for activism and philanthropy. Their team empowers individuals to create grassroots communities called “causes” that take action on behalf of a specific issue or nonprofit organization. Since their founding in 2007, Causes has brought together: Why Use Causes Build communities of supporters Conduct fundraising campaigns Circulate petitions Build volunteer capacity And, more!

The Future of Facebook Project by Venessa Miemis With over 600 million users and a valuation of over $70 billion, Facebook is the world's dominant social networking platform. What are the challenges a social media company of this size will face? What are the strategic moves it should make? How can Facebook users take advantage of the platform and its increasingly rich social graph?

25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven't Seen Midnight in Paris Woody Allen’s latest places starving writer Owen Wilson in Paris with his fiancée, Rachel McAdams. Searching for inspiration for his incomplete novel, Owen begins taking strolls around the city at night where he discovers an unexpected group of people. Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness in Best Recovery Story Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger. Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population, according to a report published this month by the Icelandic Financial Services Association. “You could safely say that Iceland holds the world record in household debt relief,” said Lars Christensen, chief emerging markets economist at Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “Iceland followed the textbook example of what is required in a crisis. Any economist would agree with that.” The island’s steps to resurrect itself since 2008, when its banks defaulted on $85 billion, are proving effective.

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