With the continued explosion of social networks and connected smartphones, giving has increasingly gone digital. If the recent crisis in Haiti is any example, this new fundraising tactic can yield amazing results. This is all highlighted by the millions and millions raised from text messages and online donations, all within a couple of days.
When it comes to social enterprise the organizations can easily measure and communicate the business metrics and data points but defining social impact has been a different story. The kicker in this situation is that the greater success of their organization and activities depends on our ability to demonstrate the impact of our work to staff, funders, clients, other stakeholders and the general public.
President Obama has created a new White House Office on Social Innovation and Civic Participation. The idea behind the new office is for government to work with nonprofit organizations to identify programs that are successful in addressing the tough social issues facing communities – homelessness, unemployment, education, etc. The goal would be to expand those programs across the country. The office will subsidize those innovative ideas.
A lot of effort culminated in last night's AGM and Grants Selection event;
Last Tuesday’s walking tour of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) was a powerful experience for Partners,
Groundbreaking thought needs good packaging, otherwise, it can be dismissed as crazy talk, or mistaken for same old, same old.
We can throw money at charities and walk away. Read their newsletters when they arrive in the mailbox. Go to an event or two during our membership year. Respond when the dues renewal notice comes with another check.
Responding to charity with checks is an emotional response. You’ve done well financially and you feel guilt about that. You’ve done well and want to share your good fortune, you believe in what charity x is doing. You are a good person. These are all valid reasons for giving.
The words "social enterprise" come up often these days. Many people are intrigued by the notion and many are misinformed. Venture philanthropist's eyes light up when the phrase is repeated. To them, it's philanthropy with a business twist....something easily understood, and far less daunting than the unfamiliar "nonprofit". Generating profit is generally what they do best.