boardnetUSA – revolutionizing the way nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other

boardnetUSA is a website that’s designed to be a marketplace where nonprofits looking to fill board seats can connect with individuals looking to serve on nonprofit boards.

The Volunteer Consulting Group, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in New York City with over 30 years of experience aiding in the development and strengthening of nonprofit organizations, initially developed the concept of boardnetUSA. With assistance from philanthropic and corporate supporters the Volunteer Consulting Group serves as the primary management and coordinating entity of the growing national network that is boardnetUSA.

Link to site

Bags Make A Difference

Peep Laja writes:

Hi guys,
Something you might be interested in:

A friend of mine is starting a social venture where she is helping to empower the indigenous women of Ngoble-Bugle (a tribe living in northern Panama) through giving them access to the world market by selling their amazing handicraft to the world. These women make the most amazing bags from plant
fiber. It takes 2-3 months to make one bag, and they are awesome.

Until now these women had no access to the market. There are hardly any roads leading to where they live, not to mention anything else. Sometimes a buyer goes to the villages and forces these women to sell their bags for just a couple of dollars. Couple of dollars for bags which took over a thousand years
to design and over 2 months to make. Now Sarah (the social entrepreneur in the making) is giving them a fair price for the work and providing these women access to the whole world.

She started a blog where she is talking about each step of setting up this venture. A great way to see positive change happening step by step. Link:


Jobs: Executive Director, YouthBuild Public Charter School

The YouthBuild Public Charter School, a cutting-edge educational facility blending the widely acclaimed YouthBuild national service program with a service-oriented and non-traditional academic curriculum, seeks nominations and applications for their next Executive Director. YouthBuild Public Charter School (YouthBuild PCS) is one of the only bilingual alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and offers students ages 16-24 who have either dropped out or have been expelled from traditional schools, but who have decided to make positive changes in their lives, the ability to earn both their GED and the practical skills necessary for success in the real world.

A longer, more detailed position description may be found at:

Global Social Venture Competition Finals- Today

Global Social Venture Finals are today. Check out for details.

Here’s the page if you want to see the teams in the finals

Bio Power Technology- Prasetiya Mulya Business School, Indonesia

BioVolt- MIT Sloan School of Management

Build Your Own Village- Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa

Defen Safety Syringe- National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Fair Planet Brasil- ESSEC Business School, France

Greenlight Organic- University of California, Davis

Husk Power Systems- Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia

Market for Change- Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

MicroEnergy Credit Corporation- Columbia Business School

Wine with a Passion- Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Two Data Points And Articles About Cause Marketing On Facebook

First is a blurb from Businessweek:

Project Agape takes a different tack with its Causes application, which raises awareness and money for nonprofits and other causes. The service takes a 4% transaction fee on contributions raised through the application. Since launching nearly a year ago, the application has generated more than $2 million in donations.

Second is about another widget company trying to do something similar:

Dank Apps, the company behind the Lotto application on Facebook, has rolled out a series of new applications called Social Change that give a significant portion of proceeds to charity. The initial set of apps consists of:

What Happens To Charities During A Recession

Charities are generally unwilling to cut prices for benefits, even when things get grim. “We don’t like to put the events on sale,” said Stephanie Astic, whose Stephanie Astic Productions organizes fund-raisers that are largely dependent on corporate giving. “But I think everybody is starting to freak out. At the end of the day, you have to throw the net out to a wider group of people.”

NY Times

A Socially Responsible Online Book Store Raises Venture Capital

Better World Books collects books from university bookstores and libraries and resells them, donating an average of 10 percent of the price of the book to nonprofit literacy groups–Books for Africa, Room to Read, World Fund, and National Center for Family Literacy.

Here’s a link to their website. The company raised a total of $4.5 million in its first round of financing, which was led by Good Capital. Here’s a link to the news story on CNET.