04/2 2014

Help us Crowdshape our Crowdfunding Bill of Rights!

We’ve all experienced it: an email from a friend or relative asking for a “donation” to a cause, issue or pet project… And mostly likely, we’ve all had the experience of wondering: “what am I really giving to and what do I get?”20140307_122850

This March, Miriam Kagan and I made the rounds at industry conferences (SXSW and NTC) talking about the explosion in crowdfunding ($300 billion according to industry statistics), and how both donors and industry are scrambling to sort through the confusion and clutter to determine worthy causes, worthy platforms, and validate solicitations.

Go here to edit the Bill of Rights: http://crowdfundingbor.wikispaces.com/

One of the outcomes of our talks has been to work on a crowdfunding bill of rights for donors: a set of standard expectations that legitimate crowdfunding and peer-to-peer campaigns should adhere to in order to ensure a well-managed, transparent, and effective experience. *

We are going to focus our discussion mainly on the nonprofit side of things: so donors are giving to causes (not someone’s invention) and in theory, giving to one of the million plus legitimate charities.

Why is a bill of rights important and how does it not only benefit the donor, but the nonprofit too? The most successful relationships between NGOs and their constituents are based on transparency and trust. Donors and their networks are demanding increasing insight and oversight into how their dollars are spent and feedback around project impact (regardless of giving channel).  Nonprofits that agree to a clear set of expectations, and whether via their own or another platform make sure to adhere to these, will create the kind of trust and feedback loops that are more likely to contribute to long-term engagement and relationships with their donors and funders. This provides a better way for the nonprofits themselves to understand what donors are expecting and how to evaluate potential crowdfunding partners and platforms.

Go here to edit the Bill of Rights: http://crowdfundingbor.wikispaces.com/

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03/26 2014

Amplify Austin – The Results Show

Amplify Austin’s encore performance was a hit. Look at what we achieved together in 24 hours:

  • $5.7 million raised for 496 local nonprofits who transform lives in our community with your help.
  • Over 34,000 gifts were made online by nearly 20,000 donors to causes Central Texans care about.
  • More than 800 people raised over $442,000 for their favorite Central Texas nonprofits through their Amplify Austin fundraising pages!
  • 41 companies were “Business Fundraisers,” with employees giving$297,000 back to the community where they live and work.

The success of the second annual Amplify Austin Day is proof that “giving local” is alive and well, demonstrating our community’s generous spirit. Thank you! Who did you give to? Sound off in the comments.

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03/25 2014

Do Gooder Awards Announced – Cause Driven Video

This year our nonprofit, Lights. Camera. Help., teamed up with the for-profit Do Gooder Awards and helped pick some truly great cause driven films.

  • Winner of Best of Nonprofit Video Award is “Right By You” by Partners for Mental Health, a short but powerful piece that shows why we need to do more to end tragedies like youth suicide.

•       Winner of Funny for Good Award, “Nutiquette: a dude’s guide to checking his nuts”, comes from the Canadian Cancer Society and treats viewers to a catchy tune and informative instructions of the steps for and overall importance of checking oneself for testicular cancer.
•       Most Inspiring Youth Media, our newest category, awarded its prize to Wide Angle Youth Media for “The Paradise That Wasn’t”, an important look at the prejudices that refugees face in America from youth that had to endure them.
•       ImpactX Award winner Alex’s Lemonade Stand shares the powerful story of 15-year-old Jordan Vincent in “Slaying Childhood Cancer!”- Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumor that covers her brain and spine, and after enduring ongoing treatment and countless side effects from the treatment – was nicknamed “Cancer Slayer” by her family.

We hope they all enter our festival as well!

You can check them all out here: https://www.youtube.com/dogooder

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03/20 2014

Are you jumping on this .NGO bandwagon?

I’m not sure I am for any of the orgs I support. Do you really need yournonprofitname.NGO? The new .NGO and .ONG domains will be released late Summer 2014. Unlike .ORG, the new domains will only be available to NGOs, charities, and nonprofits — thus creating for the first time an international database of verified NGOs in every country. The new domains will be released on a first come, first serve basis.

To ensure that you get your first choice of the new domains, visit GlobalNGO.org and fill out an Expression of Interest:


Learn more:



And good luck getting your first choice of .NGO and .ONG!!

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