Posts tagged with ‘philanthropy’

How to Raise Funds (by Getting Your Giver to Enjoy Giving)

People give more when they are having fun, or are able to access the joy of giving you funds to do your thing. Charities tap into this by telling stories (because naturally, people are more interested in investing in a story they can be a part of), or by creating events and programs that are fun to participate in so that even people who aren’t directly connected to the “cause” want to participate. 

All that is covered in the above video of Peter Sagal (host of the NPR game show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”) as part of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ideas and advice on raising money.

FJP: I’ve always been on the fence about raising money for serious causes by hosting (silly and/or alcohol based) events. It works, sure, and I’ve been to and donated at plenty of such events. But there’s always been some sort of unidentifiable moral hiccup in the idea that’s made me uncomfortable. Sagal’s point about connecting donors to (hopefully) a success story they can witness, however, makes a lot of sense. It’s partially why things like Kickstarter work. 

Which leads to this TED Talk by Katherine Fulton on crowd-driven philanthropy, the extracted thought being that collaboration is an investment in both fun and experience. Which, in many ways, is where journalism is at, and where its going.

Philanthropy teaches us that people give (time, money or attention) when they are having fun (like, for example, on BuzzFeed) or when they get to vicariously experience success and get some sort of credit for it (see: the FJP’s crowdfunding archives). 

It’s not a new thought. But it’s a pretty good truth to keep in one’s pocket when thinking about the future of journalism. —Jihii

My very first publisher announced the launch of a new venture today. Called MISSION, it plans to explore global philanthropy and “volunteer” travel (ie., where the likes of you and I go to a region in need to work on specific projects for discrete time periods).
It’s timed to launch this fall and for the digitally savvy, MISSION is looking for editors, multimedia producers, strategists, business development folk, interns, and everyone else needed to get a project like this off the ground.
You can learn more by visiting MISSION.tv or stay in touch by joining its Facebook Page.
Bonus points: if you apply for a position perhaps we’ll meet. I’ll be very much involved. — Michael

My very first publisher announced the launch of a new venture today. Called MISSION, it plans to explore global philanthropy and “volunteer” travel (ie., where the likes of you and I go to a region in need to work on specific projects for discrete time periods).

It’s timed to launch this fall and for the digitally savvy, MISSION is looking for editors, multimedia producers, strategists, business development folk, interns, and everyone else needed to get a project like this off the ground.

You can learn more by visiting MISSION.tv or stay in touch by joining its Facebook Page.

Bonus points: if you apply for a position perhaps we’ll meet. I’ll be very much involved. — Michael

Craig Connects

Craig Newmark, the eponymous name behind craigslist, is bringing his talents to journalism. Specifically, he’s joined the board of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization.

This coincides with the launch of craigconnects, a new venture that aims to leverage the Internet to “connect and protect organizations that are doing good stuff.”

Areas of focus include journalism, community building, the Middle East, Open & Accountable Government, Technology for Social Good and Veterans Issues.