This article by Lindsay Oberst, at socialbrite.org, gives a pretty good overview of the benefits and downsides of websites that help you raise money from individuals, for both nonprofits and personal causes. If you are involved in projects that don’t usually involve traditional grantwriting, be sure to look at the section on fundraising as an individual. Read the full post here.
There is a great post by Beth Kanter, on the Socialbrite blog, that tells how dosomething.org used data to inform their strategy for a project to reduce teen pregnancy. In an update of a teen pregnancy education program where young people carry eggs around and pretend they are babies, text messages replaced the eggs. Any time of the day or night, a participant would get a text message saying that the baby needed to be changed, fed, or was crying. Read the full story here.
Twitter users use hashtags to aggregate and find posts relevant to a particular topic. The folks at Socialbrite have created a very useful list called, “45 hashtags for social change.” Check it out even if you don’t currently have a Twitter account. Seeing the posts under hashtags for topics of interest to you might help you better understand how Twitter could be of value to your communications strategy.
This post from JD Lasica, at Socialbrite, reviews the results of Nokia’s recent Apps for Change contest. Interesting stuff. Apps for Change: Top mobile ideas from around the world.
Here’s a useful post from the knowledgeable folks at Socialbrite: 14 free tools to measure your social influence.
Useful advice via JD Lasica’s SocialBrite blog. Tips on how to mobilize your supporters.
A new post at Socialbrite, 9 Web platforms to help you change the world, gives a pretty good overview of websites that leverage small donations to go sustained good (micro-enterprise, education support) or to develop new ideas for change.
Are you interested in using social media, email, etc. to demonstrate how much support you have for your cause? Check out 9 online petition tools: How to make a difference at Socialbrite. It gives a good overview of the online petition tools available to anyone.
Change-makers share 10 of their favorite tools is a great post at socialbrite.org. We’ll be taking closer looks at many of the tools mentioned in the piece in the weeks to come.