Mutual Funds For Non-Profits: Bright Funds Wants To Be The Vanguard For Charitable Giving

brightfunds-logoWhen push-comes-to-shove, people love to donate, especially when they believe that their donation (be it money, time, food or possessions) will make a real difference. While online charity and fundraising platforms have made it easier than ever before to donate to causes, charities and non-profits, web-based philanthropy still has plenty of room for improvement.

Today, donors, especially those who have grown up in the Web 2.0 Era, are frustrated by the lack of enjoyable giving experiences on the Web. Not to mention that, with the accessibility of information on the Web today, donors want more accountability in their dealings with non-profits and, in turn, are more focused on outcomes. In other words, they want to know if (and how) their donations are making an impact.

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Group-Funding Platform Crowdtilt Opens To Non-Profits, Now Offers Tax-Deductible Donations, Receipts

Screen shot 2012-11-21 at 12.51.40 PMSince we first covered its launch back in February, Crowdtilt has been on a mission to become the easiest way for groups of people to collaborate around money, specifically fundraising, for any cause. Said in another way, Crowdtilt wants to become the go-to platform for the many types of group fundraising that don’t (or can’t) happen on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. Want to raise money for your friend’s 30th birthday party in Las Vegas or get your softball team together to pay for new jerseys and league fees? This is where Crowdtilt thinks it provide value — by being crowdfunding’s resident generalist.

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Facebook Gifts Get Charitable: You Can Now Give The Gift Of Donations To Your Friends

4914234747_50a237a1e7_zFacebook Gifts launched with the ability for you to buy something meaningful for a friend or family member on the social network. I’ve tinkered with it a bit and have bought a few gifts, including a bonsai tree and Starbucks gift cards. My mind immediately jumped to “wouldn’t it be cool if I could donate money to a charity on behalf of my friend for their birthday?” Well, that happened today in a test capacity.

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Social Media’s Impact on Real World Change [Infographic]

As we’ve seen other the past several years, social media is no longer confined to the Internet. Evolving well beyond desktop communication, social is now an integral part in our lives offline when it comes to purchasing decisions, communicating with other about a show, game, or event, and perhaps most importantly, charitable causes. The entire […]

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It’s Not About the Klout – It’s About the Passion

When I first read about Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (from Beth Kanter’s blog post regarding#GivingTuesday), I was immediately smitten. Laura AA (as she calls herself) wrote a great book called Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World. There are two key takeaway messages in the book: “It’s not about how much you give; it’s about how you give.” “A […]

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