Learning, and Profiting, from Online Friendships
June 2, 2009

May 21, 2009, Business Week — A question: If you have 347 followers on the Twitter microblogging service, what are the chances that they'll click on the same online ad you clicked on last night? Advertisers are dying to know. Or, say you and a colleague exchange e-mails on a Saturday night. Can managers assume that you have a tight working relationship? Researchers at IBM and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are investigating.

Brand Slammed?
June 1, 2009

Ah, the Internet. The easy access. The openness. The freedom. And … the total lack of control. The way anyone can say anything about you and post it anywhere.

The Fenton Social Media Grant
June 1, 2009

June 1, 2009 — Social media tools like Twitter and Facebook present exciting new opportunities for nonprofits to do online outreach, but many organizations lack the resources to explore them – especially right now.

Raising 'Twollars' for a Good Cause
May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — Even your most cash-strapped donors have the wherewithal to contribute “twollars” — a virtual “currency of appreciation” in circulation on the social networking site, Twitter, designed to raise awareness and money for charity.

Charity Tuesday Takes Off On Twitter
May 20, 2009

May 19, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — It’s official: The nonprofit world is officially a more popular topic on Twitter than swine flu.

Research Finds Volunteer Efforts Down Among Teens — Five Rules for a Successful Volunteer Program
May 11, 2009

Redondo Beach, CA, May 3, 2009 — A study conducted by Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) found an increasingly declining trend in teen volunteer activity for the years 2005 through 2007. In an effort to assist volunteer coordinators and nonprofits dependent upon volunteers, Jesse Torres, bank executive, lifelong volunteer and recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, today provided to nonprofit organizations the five rules to maintaining long-lasting volunteer participation.

Social Actions Announces Three Change the Web Challenge Winners
April 29, 2009

San Francisco, CA, April 28, 2009 — Three developers, whose web applications and widgets will make it easier for web surfers to find and share ways to make a difference, were named the winners of the Change the Web Challenge today. Social Actions (, a web-based nonprofit initiative committed to making it easier for people to find and share opportunities to make a difference, produced the Challenge. The winning applications were announced at NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco, CA.

The Race for a Million Twitter Followers Ends With a Big Gift To Charity
April 20, 2009

April 19, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — At 2:13 am on Friday, the actor Ashton Kutcher beat out CNN to become the first Twitter user with more than 1 million followers. A notable achievement in the Twitterverse, perhaps, but an event relevant to the charity world?

Filling the Void
April 1, 2009

In fall of 2008, the 25-year-old Food Bank For New York City was facing a crisis. A quickly souring economy was a double-edged sword — making for an increased need among people requiring food assistance, and decreased donations of both food and money from businesses and individuals feeling the pinch.