The Updated CauseWorld App For The iPhone

We’ve previously written about CauseWorld, an app that offers several ways to donate while you shop.  The new and improved app now incorporates the location based check in phenomenon.  Instead of checking in for gaming purposes as one does on Foursquare and Gowalla, CauseWorld let’s you connect to stores around you so you can use the points you get for checking in to support a variety of charitable causes.

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Analytics X Prize – Enabling social change through analytics


Enabling social change through analytics

Reading about Analytics X and thought I’d share here:

The Analytics X Prize is an ongoing contest to apply analytics, modeling, and statistics to solve the social problems that affect our cities. It combines the fields of statistics, mathematics, and social science to understand the root causes of dysfunction in our neighborhoods. Understanding these relationships and discovering the most highly correlated variables allows us to deploy our limited resources more effectively and target the variables that will have the greatest positive impact on improvement.

Current Contest – 2010 – Predicting Homicides in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city with 5.8 million people spread out over 47 zip codes and, like any major city, it has its share of crime. The goal of the Analytics X Prize is to use statistical techniques and any data sets you can find to predict where crime, specifically homicides, will occur in the city. The ability to accurately predict where crime is likely to occur allows us to deploy our limited city resources more effectively. Full rules can be found on the Rules & FAQ page.

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Sites to bring in billions in holiday donations

In the United States, cumulative online donations to charities could hit more than $4 billion during the holidays, according to a survey released Tuesday by marketing firm Convio. More than than 63 percent of those surveyed said they plan to donate money via the the Internet over the holiday season (November 1 through December 31, 2009), up from 51 percent in 2008.

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Vittana- “Ultimate Game Changer in Philanthropy”

Vittana, which beat out such well-known charities as DonorsChoose and people like Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, is building a student loan business for microfinance institutions that cater to poor people in the developing world.

It uses a model similar to that of Kiva.org, a nonprofit organization that funnels loans to individual borrowers through microfinance institutions. The method is to solicit individual lenders for money that will back loans to young adults seeking college educations.

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Philanthropedia is unique because we rank nonprofits based on expert’s recommendations

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This definitely solves a problem for a lot of charity minded folks:
Philanthropedia is unique because we rank nonprofits based on expert’s recommendations. You can now feel confident in your donations.
Philanthropedia is also a better way to give because you can donate to an entire social cause. Our 261 experts suggest collections of top nonprofits to support as “expert mutual funds.” Now your donations get shared across many top non-profits within a social cause.

Pace University Announces Entrepreneurial Finalists in New Business and Social Venture Categories for Sixth Annual Pitch Contest

[Sixth Annual Pace Pitch Contest]

Presented by:
Entrepreneurship@Lubin

in association with:
The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
[MIT]

Keynote Speaker
Professor Iqbal Quadir, Founder of GrameenPhone and Director of the
Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

Sponsored by:
[techspace]

RSVP for the Cheering Section (Audience Members)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
5:00 p.m.- 7:45 p.m.
Pace University
Schimmel Center, 1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

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Online Giving

Charities are tracking their users in social networks, virtual realms and other corners of the online universe to raise money by mixing the efficiency of life online with opportunities to promote brands and have a bit of fun. No one is certain how online giving will evolve, but some campaigns are reporting sizable fund-raising and a deeper and continuing connection with donors.

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