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Nonprofits

XPRIZE Adds Stretch Goal to Continue Momentum and Boost Target Funds

October 24th, 2014  |  Source: Roddenberry Foundation

 

Today, The Roddenberry Foundation announced a $100,000 contribution to the Global Learning XPRIZE crowdfunding campaign to support the development of technology that will bring literacy to hundreds of millions of children.

 


Refugee camps are surprising hot spots of innovation

October 22nd, 2014  |  Source: PRI

Think of a refugee camp and you're probably thinking of messy temporary lodging and throngs of displaced people. But Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, says that refugee camps are surprising hotbeds of innovation.


Permanent Housing for Homeless Veterans, Serene Haven Inc.

May 24th, 2014  |  Source: www.SaveVeteranHousing.com

Serene Haven is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helpinghomeless veterans, one veteran at a time. Serene Haven offers permanenthousing for homeless veterans while traditional programs are transitional and only for twenty four (24) months.

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Online Donation Rates are Higher Than Ever Before

April 9th, 2014  |  Source: M+R

M+R Benchmarks Study explains what’s going on in the world of online advocacy & fundraising

Now in its eighth year, the M+R Benchmarks Study, cosponsored by NTEN, analyzes the data that matters most to nonprofit online programs. The goal of the Study is to set benchmarks that help nonprofits measure their online performance, track progress, and guide strategy with an eye toward more effective fundraising and advocacy.

Here are 8 big trends that emerged from the nonprofits we surveyed:

1. The average one-time online donation amount to a nonprofit was $68 in 2013.

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Nonprofit Growth Outpaces For-Profits in U.S.

March 10th, 2014  |  Source: NPQ

Although the overall economy has been expanding slowly, the nonprofit sector is vibrant, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

From 2001 to 2011, the Times reports that the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent, while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half a percent, quoting recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute.


ON WORLD TOILET DAY, LET’S GO BEYOND THE TOILET

November 19th, 2013  |  Source: Skoll World Forum

·       Problem: World Toilet Day promotes the belief that we can solve the sanitation crisis by simply building more toilets across the developing world. But despite building more toilets, sanitation is the most off-track Millennium Development Goal.

·       Barrier to Progress: Organizations must rethink sanitation and the solutions to this global crisis.


SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION ACQUIRES OPENCONGRESS.ORG

October 29th, 2013  |  Source: SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION

 

OpenCongress brings together official, congressional data and allows anyone to track how a bill becomes a law, the voting records of elected officials and more. Major features of OpenCongress include:


BURIED SECRETS: How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes.

July 4th, 2013  |  Source: The New Yorker

Guinea: It is no easy task to transform a country that is corrupt from top to bottom. During President Condé’s first months in office, he performed a kind of triage.

With the assistance of Revenue Watch—an organization, backed by Soros, that encourages transparency in extractive industries—Condé established a committee to inspect existing mining contracts and determine if any of them were problematic.


Why Silicon Valley Leaders are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest

May 28th, 2013  |  Source: Forbes

Here’s a radical idea: Instead of providing services or training to the world’s poorest, how about giving them cash instead?

GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Kenya, is doing just that, and it’s won the support of the likes ofFacebook cofounder Chris Hughes andGoogle . Last Thursday night in San Francisco, Hughes and a posse of venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs including General Catalyst partner Hemant Taneja and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, hosted about 150 people for wine, conversation and an introduction toGiveDirectly.




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