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Link Roundup 2/26

Sharing Economy Website Offers Open Market to Swap, Rent, Buy, or Share

The idea of the sharing economy has been getting a lot of press these days, with some hailing the rise of collaborative consumption as a more sustainable model than the current one, where everyone needs to own one of everything, and some decrying the term sharing economy as being nothing of the sort.

11 Responsively Designed Nonprofit Websites to Study and Learn From

With 51% of Facebook's referral traffic now coming from mobile and more than two-third's of Twitter users being mobile, many nonprofits are finally starting to come to the realization that their social media campaigns are doomed unless they embrace a mobile-first approach to online communications and fundraising.

Regular SMS giving rules relaxed for charities

Rules around charities using regular SMS donations have been relaxed following a trial which found that few complaints, and much more money, was generated by a more relaxed regime. Premium rate services regulator PhonepayPlus has announced that charities will now be able to enable their monthly SMS donors to 'SKIP' rather than 'STOP' their donations each month, with an offer to cancel now only having to be made every three months.

The White House's new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

The Obama administration created a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in 2009 that launched yearly competitions since 2010 to award grantmaking intermediaries with grant funding. The 2014 competition, which was officially announced this week, will provide up to $65.8 million to grantmakers. The administration calls this the largest grant pool in the history of the program.

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The Everett Program (Formerly the Global Information Internship Program (GIIP)) is a highly innovative educational and service-learning program sponsored by the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies (CGIRS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It is available to students of every major and every year.

Managing nonprofit fundraising risks in the Digital Age

As nonprofits seek to diversify their revenue streams and reach new audiences, they need to communicate their missions and value propositions more broadly, persuasively, and efficiently than ever before, and they're embracing digital media to do so.

Addicted to Likes: How Social Media Feeds Our Neediness

A self-centered man joined Instagram and ran into a problem: Since he neither looked at nor "liked" his friends' posts, they thought he was snubbing them. "I am only on Instagram or Facebook to humblebrag," Rameet Chawla told the Daily Dot . "I don't consume other people's information."

Vodafone Foundation launches mobile network in a backpack to support aid work

The charitable arm of mobile network Vodafone has revealed its mobile network in a backpack, which will enable aid workers to send calls and texts to provide crucial information following a disaster. The Vodafone Foundation Instant Network Mini is an 11kg backpack which can provide up to five concurrent calls within a 100-metre radius and enable text messages to be sent to thousands of people.

The Non-Profit Marketing Blog

That's the bottom line. If fundraising is one of your website goals, online profit should be your primary concern when measuring online fundraising. The metrics outlined below don't matter in their own right. They only matter insofar as they ultimately lead to more overall dollars for your organization.

BasicNeeds announces first social franchisee " Skoll Foundation

Social franchising will enable BasicNeeds to support independent organisations like GASS operating predominantly in low and middle income countries to take on the delivery of our Model in their territory. This will help increase the impact of their work and most importantly, the quality of life for people with mental illness, epilepsy and their families.

Crowdfunding Campaign Tool Helps Amplify Outreach with Social Data

We all love to share stories about highly successful crowdfunding campaigns, but the fact is, many project campaigns fall far short of their goal, and in the all or nothing environment of some crowdfunding platforms, that can be the death toll for those ideas.

A Simple Strategy To Get More Replies To The Emails You Send

This is the 8th article in our new series with advice on building a business, company culture and life-hacking from Joel, CEO here at Buffer. You can grab all posts here. "We live in a vague world. And it gets vaguer all the time.

Answers to 10 Email Marketing Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask

When I first started out with email marketing, I felt lost. I had been handling the blog and social media accounts, then suddenly I had to take on some email duties.

Mobile banking spreading to Asia and Latin America

BARCELONA] Mobile money services for people without access to the traditional financial system are spreading at an increasing pace beyond Africa, according to a report released yesterday (24 February) at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

C3: The Exponential Power of Company-Cause-Culture Partnerships

Companies can achieve more than traditional corporate social responsibility efforts by partnering with celebrities. This fall, New York's Central Park rocked like never before. But while the Global Citizen Festival looked like any other multi-celebrity charity concert, it was a bit different.

Training ICT Advocates in Kano, Nigeria

Scott Reed | Summer 2008 | Kano, Nigeria This Summer, I was an intern in Kano, Nigeria. I worked primarily with the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) which is deeply involved in advocacy, training, and research related to the use of ICT for sustainable development in Northern Nigeria.