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The 2010 Science & Technology Campaign Supports Nonprofits and Wants YOUR Stories

Some of the industries top tech resources for nonprofits have partnered up for the 2010 GreatNonprofits Science & Technology Campaign, recognizing science and technology organizations making a difference in the lives of people everywhere. Starting August 1, participants will get the chance to share first-person stories about an organization they feel makes a difference in their community. The nonprofit that gathers 10 or more positive reviews throughout the month will make the Greatnonprofits Top-Rated Science & Technology Nonprofts List.

Greatnonprofits launched the campaign, in partnership with Guidestar, NTEN, TechSoup Global, Association for Women in Science and Tonic, to “identity nonprofits in this area [science and technology] — whether it’s through advancing scientific knowledge, offering education resources, or employing tech solutions to solve local and global problems.” The hope is that stories from donors, volunteers, clients or any one else willing to share, will help encourage others to donate and/or volunteer.

The campaign ends August 31. See the NTEN blog for more details on how you can tell your story and inspire others to take action in the fields of technology and science.


NGO’s Role in Effective Disaster Response

By Charles Maclean, founder of Philanthropy Now

What Will It Take For Disaster Response To Do More Good and No Harm?

Gulf oil spill, Afghanistan warfare, Haiti earthquake, Indian Ocean tsunami, Katrina hurricane, Rwanda genocide, Somalia famine… What’s to come? How can NGOs respond smarter? How can donors give smarter? How can aid recipients become uplifted and self-sufficient?
Research reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, National Academy of Sciences and Florin Diacu’s book Megadisasters suggests that natural catastrophes and human-caused calamities are likely to increase in frequency and severity.

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Is Institutional Philanthropy Structured to Support Successful Social Change?

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Lee Draper, Chair of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and CEO of the Draper Consulting Group.

By:  Lee Draper

A few of the Philanthropy 411 bloggers have offered reactions to the Council on Foundations Mini-Plenary, “Social Justice: From Here to 2030”.  I’d like to add another vantage point on the ideas presented.  The panel was composed of some of the most experienced and effective social change leaders from diverse countries and conflicts, moderated by Gara LaMarche of The Atlantic Philanthropies:

  • Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director of TrustAfrica
  • Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change.
  • Ana Paula Hernandez, Consultant, Angelica Foundation
  • Van Jones, Founder of Green for All
  • Avila Kilmurray, Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
  • Kumaran Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace
  • Eboo Patel, Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core
  • Connie Rice, Co-Director of the Advancement Project – Los Angeles

First, a definition offered by the panel.  Although social change may ultimately strive to achieve equal opportunity and justice for all, it has additional components:

  • There must be a moral commitment and focus on the marginalized (by poverty, ethnicity, religion, etc.)
  • It involves organizing and empowerment, not amelioration (here is where Paul Connolly commented in his blog entry about this panel that change and charity are important to the equation).
  • It addresses structural changes for lasting impact.

Now, to the core of the quandary.  The panel questioned whether philanthropy had the capacity to support social change due to embedded structural and behavioral impediments.  Their verdict is that if individual grantmakers truly want to achieve social change, they must begin by changing themselves from the inside out, comprehensively and immediately.

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What will happen in philanthropy this year?

Posted 2/19/10 by Katya on Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog

That’s the question Lucy Bernholz answers with her Blueprint 2010. This is the first in what will be a independent annual industry analysis for philanthropy and social investing. Lucy describes how 2010 will be another tough year for nonprofits – but likely a growth year for alternatively structured organizations that pursue the common good – like L3cs and B Corporations. Nonprofits no longer have the corner on social good. For-profits, social enterprises and other hybrid organizations will be active in the work of social impact as well – and on a bigger scale than ever before.

Earlier this week, I got to hear Lucy present on what all this will mean beyond 2010.

Some fascinating trends she highlighted were…

Read the rest at Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog