Ben and Jerry's Foundation Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. undertook a public stock offering to support its ongoing growth. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation was created at the same time, with an initial gift from Ben of 50,000 shares and an unprecedented decision of the company’s Board of Directors to commit 7 ½% of the company’s annual pretax profits to philanthropy. Foundation and company staff held a retreat with experts in social change work and philanthropy to think about the Foundation’s strategies and effectiveness.
Kubatana.net speaks out from Zimbabwe Change starts with us. Right? Posted on February 11th, 2014 by Bev Clark. Filed in Uncategorized, Zimbabwe Blog. 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! These tools are free and allow nonprofits not just to build a big list, but to empower everyone in your cause community to take actions, get friends involved and expand your reach as an organization through your supporters’ social networks.
Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization Philip E. Auerswald and Iqbal Z. Quadir, Editors Innovations is about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. The journal features cases authored by exceptional innovators; commentary and research from leading academics; and essays from globally recognized executives and political leaders. The journal is jointly hosted at George Mason University's School of Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship.
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 Your organization can turn all of your donors, supporters and volunteers into Fundraisers by asking them to create their own free fundraising page on Crowdrise.
Clustering coefficient In graph theory, a clustering coefficient is a measure of the degree to which nodes in a graph tend to cluster together. Evidence suggests that in most real-world networks, and in particular social networks, nodes tend to create tightly knit groups characterised by a relatively high density of ties; this likelihood tends to be greater than the average probability of a tie randomly established between two nodes (Holland and Leinhardt, 1971; Watts and Strogatz, 1998). Two versions of this measure exist: the global and the local. The global version was designed to give an overall indication of the clustering in the network, whereas the local gives an indication of the embeddedness of single nodes. Global clustering coefficient
The Anti-Thiel Fellowship: $100,000 To Students Who Stay In School And Work On Their Ideas Every year, Peter Thiel offers a select group of entrepreneurial college students $100,000 and the promise of mentorship to quit school and work on their passion projects. Michael Baum, a serial entrepreneur who most recently founded the big data company Splunk, does the opposite: He offers teams of student entrepreneurs $100,000 and mentorship to work on their dream projects--while still staying in school. Baum launched his initiative, Founder.org, as a way to bridge the gap between school and having a successful company. In 2013, Founder.org received over 300 applications and selected 10 teams from its dozens of partner schools.
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 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. Organizations
Probably the Smartest Thread You’ll Read on (Social) E-Commerce… …is over at Chris “Hunch” Dixon’s site. It’s the smartest discussion we’ve seen on the future of e-commerce, with 117 comments from industry thought leaders – including the CEOs of Fab (Jason Goldberg) and Shoply (Liad Shababo). So if you’re a business, brand or entrepreneur in (or considering) e-commerce, social or otherwise, and read just one thing this month, read this thread. And for the time-pressed, here’s the speed summary of key insights/takeaways. Brilliant. Pay Off Your Student Loans With Volunteer Work Through SponsorChange Amid the great music and movies (and, yes, parties) that will light up Austin, Texas, next month during the South by Southwest festival, a small nonprofit called SponsorChange.org will receive a community service award for finding a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by volunteering. If you have a student loan (and we're guessing you do—the researchers at ProjectOnStudentDebt.org say seven of 10 college students who graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, averaging nearly $30,000 in debt each) or would love to help others knock down those payments, you'll want to know about SponsorChange. Here's how it works: Graduates with student loan debt sign up to volunteer at organizations that need manpower.