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Link Roundup 2/14

Weekly roundup: Social Enterprise Network: 14 February 2014

Free plane flights for social entrepreneurs, the 2nd anniversary of the Social Enterprise qualification and the Co-op's first pay-as-you-go SIM card ... welcome to this week's social enterprise news roundup. Our unique space to bring you the latest news, advice and analysis from the sector. What happened?

Donate into an endowment, your endowment distributes to your favorite charities, every 90 days...Forever! (yes, like forever) giv2giv is a non-profit organization putting advanced investing tools to work for you and your causes.

Curating Valentine's Day From Nonprofits, Geeks, and Social Media

Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is a big day for florists, jewelers, restaurants, candy makers, and nonprofit techies too! Here's a few curated examples. Nerdy Valentine's from Scoop.It: The content curation platform,, came up with funny "nerdy" valentine's for its content curation community.

2014 Cause Awareness Days

Launching online fundraising campaigns around cause awareness days is good strategy. Social network communities are highly responsive to giving and promoting your nonprofit's cause on cause awarene...

60 Simple Ways to Increase Your Twitter Followers

Do you need to get more followers on Twitter? Most businesses are on Twitter these days, but many still scratch their heads trying to find actionable ideas to increase their Twitter followers. In this article, I'll give you 60 simple tips (in 7 categories) to get you more connected with your followers, and increase your genuine Twitter numbers.

The Cult of Free Will Kill Your Fundraising

Is there a dark secret in nonprofit fundraising, one that is nearly as bleak as the abysmal donor retention rates, one that holds organizations back from realizing their true potential? Read on as we explore the hidden underbelly of the nonprofit world...

Staying Relevant in a Changing World: Announcing 5 of the U.S.'s Most Creative Social Entrepreneurs

Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 02/12/14 Editor's note: This post was written by Brittany Koteles and Lennon Flowers with the Ashoka USA Team. Congratulations to the 5 new US Fellows! Tomás Alvarez, Mike Marriner, Emily May, Andrew Mangino, and Jeff Parker: five individuals who, at first glance, don't have much in common.

Fallacy of Innocence: How your good idea can go terribly wrong

To end in a rather provocative note, the biggest beneficiary of Fair Trade is not the poor farmers in the underdeveloped economies struggling to make a living, but us in the developed world: we become self fulfilled by gaining a false sense of contributing to social righteousness, spending a few more coins than usual to buy fairly traded coffee, thus being able to say "I've made a change today."

Report from Sundance: Using stories to catalyze change " Skoll Foundation

At the end of the convening, social entrepreneurs said that they had a new appreciation of using visuals-not just words-for scaling their work, and filmmakers expressed plans to be more intentional about developing impact frameworks for future storytelling projects.

View on Poverty: Access to raw data matters

Governments are "shooting themselves in the foot" by not opening up their geospatial data, an official from the US National Academy of Sciences recently told SciDev.Net. Such data could be useful for development projects and policy, including city planning and producing disaster preparedness maps.

A Piece of Cake

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How Much Time Should Your Nonprofit Invest In Different Social Media Channels?

Note from Beth: Many nonprofits do not have dedicated teams for social media and social media strategy and implementation is typically only a part of a someone's job. With limited time, how should that resource be invested to for best results? Often, it can be choice of what channels t

Documentaries beat news at eliciting empathy for poor

When British TV audiences watch stories about suffering in less developed countries, the main response is indifference, according to a study. News reports are particularly poor at moving viewers, although non-news programming can produce deeper and more nuanced understanding of the issues it covers, the study found.

The Global Information Internship Program

The Global Information Internship Program (GIIP, pronounced "jeep") is a fabulous program at UCSC, which allows undergraduates to fund and work on projects they are passionate about in the areas of global social justice and sustainability. This video helps to explain more about GIIP, so students can find out how to get more involved.

Feeding America Blog

Turning Food Waste into Electricity Across the United States, Feeding America's network of food banks are securing much-needed food and providing it to families facing hunger at food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. To help feed people in need, Feeding America is also rescuing perfectly good food that might otherwise be wasted: cans of soup approaching their best-by-dates; good loaves of day-old bread; even slightly imperfect strawberries.

How the Latino Community Foundation Used Learning and Pivoting to Get Better Fundraising Results

What if your organization embarked on its first ever crowd funding campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 and only raised $10,000? Would you stop doing crowd funding, social media infused fundraising and revert back to traditional methods of fundraising? Or would you learn, pivot, and improve?

'Helping people through my business gives a feeling money can't buy'

There is a common misconception among the general public that people who start their own companies do it for the money. I've often encountered people who ask what I do. Upon my reply, they tend to respond in a way suggesting that my hope is to become a millionaire.