Crowdsourcing is all the rage.
One of the biggest issues associations and nonprofits struggle with is how to truly connect with their supporters on a deep, personal level. Nonprofit campaigners and fundraisers are so busy multi-tasking, organizing campaigns and raising money that it’s challenging for staff to carve out the necessary time to foster those connections, which are so critical to organizations.
The CitizenGulf project was just unfolded last week. A national event on August 25 with would-be meet-ups throughout the country designed to create awareness for the Citizen Effect project, seeks to raise funds and awareness for fishing families. The effort also fits the nonprofit's citizen empowering philanthropy philosophy, which is identifying actionable problems and solutions amongst major problems, such as this one -- the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. How does one go from an oil spill to a national meet-up event? What strategies and tools will be deployed? Here's an inside look on how we scaled from a nonexistent program to a national effort in just three months.
The goal was simple. Earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website by raising at least $4000 online from 50 individual donors in three weeks. Win up to $6000 in additional bonuses for out-fundraising the 70 other participating organizations.
Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Growing Your Online Communities and Getting Them to Give Online (and Off) webinar hosted by Care2's Eric Rardin. In case you couldn't join us or want to catch something you missed, you can still view a free replay of the webinar in its entirety here.
In case you missed it, the Google Blog recently announced that the company will be hosting a competition called Project 10100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") as a call for the best ideas that can change the world by helping as many people as possible. Google has set aside $10 million to help fund the five best ideas as voted on by the people and an advisory board.