"The idea was based on an observation—we noticed that despite feeling for the homeless we only occasionally stopped to give money," says Bird. "That awful feeling after you’ve walked past either someone collecting for charity or a homeless person—it felt like something we could work with. We all know what the right thing to do is, but how often do we actually do it?"
"It’s the permanency of the tattoo and the symbolism of ‘We’ll never forget,’ and to have that lasting sentiment to have created art on your own body."
Crowdfunding has become a popular means to turn concepts into products, but one man is turning to Indiegogo in hopes of financing his tuition at a coding bootcamp. But there’s a twist to his campaign: If funded, Lex Alexander says he’ll pay it forward, pledging 10% of his salary for the next two years to finance a minority or female developer to attend a hack school of his or her choosing. “All I ask is they do the same for the next person, and so on,” Alexander told Fast Company.
Just in time for March Madness, Brackets for Good injects charitable fundraising with a healthy dose of competition—and a little trash talking.
The Cronut Project was born when three advertising agency interns were given a $1,000 budget and the mandate to do as much good as possible. Taking a little bit of inspiration from Fast Company, they are soliciting donations for the Food Bank of New York with a delicious (and flaky) twist: They have partnered with Dominique Ansel, baker-creator of the smash hit pastry that combines the best of a croissant and a doughnut, to offer a limited edition passion fruit flavor.
Every day this week, the largest-dollar donor, plus a random donor, will get one of these special cronuts.
The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times argue that nearly 1 billion dollars of charity money has been misspent by organizations that spend more money on fundraising than actually aid.
Here are the five worst offenders:
1. Kids Wish Network
2. Cancer Fund of America
3. Children’s Wish Foundation International
4. American Breast Cancer Foundation
5.The Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Alex Bogusky is one of The 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses
In 2010, Alex Bogusky surprised the advertising industry by leaving Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
He now works in the social good sector with:
The FearLess Revolution - a nonprofit consultancy.
COMMON -a collaborative network for accelerating social ventures.
MadeMovement - a new agency dedicated to the resurgence in American manufacturing.
Mac users donate significantly more ($181.51) than Windows ($137.30) and Linux users ($116.54). Bill Gates may be a philanthropic legend at this point, but the less openly generous Steve Jobs apparently has more charitable fans.
The Broken “Buy-One, Give-One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes
First, the Toms buy-one-give-one model does not actually solve a social problem. Rather, the charitable act of donating a free pair of shoes serves as little more than a short-term fix in a system in need of long-term, multi-faceted economic development, health, sanitation, and education solutions.
“What’s wrong with giving away shoes?” you might be thinking. “At least they’re doing something.” The problem, we’ve learned, is when that “something” can do more harm than good.
You could probably stand to be a little nicer on social media. Charity Swearbox fines you every time you use an obscenity in your Twitter feed, so that your dirty mouth can feed kids in Africa.