Public Schools Turning to Online Auctions To Raise Funds- Biddingforgood.com

Facing budget shortfalls that are squeezing education basics, more Massachusetts public schools are turning to online auctions this spring to raise money for supplies, field trips, library books, playground equipment, and computers. And they’re raking in from $6,000 to $20,000 in the process – more money than live or silent auctions generate at traditional fund-raisers.

The online auction site is powered by BiddingForGood.com, which is a product of cMarket.

Here’s the link to the article.

Instead of one laptop per child, why not many virtual desktops per public computer?

Here’s a competitor to the OLPC program but approaching the problem with different technology:

Some people suggest perhaps the solution isn’t to put hardware into the hands of every person, but rather to maximize the number of people who have access to a PC. That’s the idea behind Paris startup Jooce (the name is a play on “juice,” as in electricity), which has devised a novel software system that lets many people use a single machine as though it were theirs alone.

Whether in an Internet café or village kiosk, a PC equipped with Jooce software gives each person who logs in a customized environment—complete with programs, preferences, bookmarks, buddy lists, and so forth. That way, even though many people may use the machine each day, it feels “personal” to each one. Jooce also lets subscribers securely store an unlimited number of documents, photos, videos, and other data—as well as gives them the ability to share those files easily with other Jooce users.

Link to Business Week

Classmate PC To Begin Selling In US And Europe

Link to News.com.

Intel plans on expanding the distribution of its inexpensive, school children-friendly Classmate PC to U.S. and European retail outlets, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

The Classmate will sell for $250 to $350, Lila Ibrahim, general manager of Intel’s emerging market platform group, told Reuters. Apparently Intel has already been conducting pilot programs using the devices in classrooms in the U.S. and Australia.

Google for Non-Profits

Google has launched a dedicated portal of Google services for non-profit organizations.

Google for Non-Profits offers “a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization’s mission in a smart, cost-efficient way.” This site includes ideas and tutorials on ways Google tools can be used to promote non-profits, raise money and operate more efficiently.

Here’s a thorough review.

NYT Magazine: Giving It Away

The New York Times is calling this “The Money Issue”.

Here’s some of the articles from the magazine:

About Natalie Portman and her role with FINCA. Link

What Makes People Give? Fund raisers talk about marketing gimmicks to make people give more. Link

How Many Billionaires Does It Take to Fix a School System? Five experts debate the new education philanthropy. Link

Self-Made Philanthropists. Herb and Marion Sandler are giving away their phenomenal wealth the same way they earned it — by calling the shots. Link

[On Measuring Social Impact] For Good, Measure. Foundations are increasingly using “metrics” to determine if their grants are working. But can you really measure the return-on-investment of giving to a cause? Link

Slideshow on the Faces of Social Entrepreneurship. Link

The general link to the NYT Magazine is here.

Goldman Sachs Funds Womens Education, OLPC Looks For CEO

Two interesting articles from Business Week:

“On Mar. 5, investment bank Goldman Sachs announced it would change the equation by pumping $100 million into educational projects for these women over the next five years.” Link

“After weathering an acrimonious split from Intel and harsh criticism from critics, One Laptop Per Child is reorganizing—and looking for a new CEO” Link

The 2008 Global Development Marketplace Competition

The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development.

Applications are accepted through March 21, 2008 and will undergo rigorous review by more than 200 development experts. About 100 finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September to vie for grants in person at the DM2008 Marketplace event.

Link