Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lynn Luckow, President & CEO of the Craigslist Foundation.  Follow his organization on Twitter – @craigslist_fndn.

By:  Lynn Luckow

Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? spoke at lunch today about why philanthropy can’t ignore technology or the lessons learned from key technology organizations.  He reinforced the power of people connecting to one another and to the institutions they trust.  Q&A revealed both support and ambivalence by foundations to fully embrace new  technologies.

The keynote and discussion made me even more confident that a new platform being developed by Craigslist Foundation to connect people in communities and neighborhoods to themselves and to useful tools, resources, and organizations, and to stories of success, failure, and innovation in community building is necessary.  Funded so far by the Knight Foundation and craigslist, the platform prototype will be tested in early 2011 and work across sectors and silos to capture useful stories and promising practices in addressing the central issues that communities and neighborhoods face: education, environment, crime,
safety, homelessness, job creation, and actually knowing who lives in the next block over.

You can keep tabs on this initiative at www.craigslistfoundation.org.

2 responses to “Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology

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  2. Since you mentioned Google, I did a quick search for “networks of purpose” and found many different results. Then I narrowed the focus of the search to “connecting donors and volunteers with tutor mentor ” and found many links pointing to work I’ve been doing since 1993 in this area.

    However, I’ve done the work shown on our web sites with limited resources because not enough donors who want to help organizations grow in high poverty neighborhoods to help kids through school and to careers, are yet doing a search like this often enough to bring more than a trickle of support to us.

    We’re in Chicago, and what we are doing to help more than 200 youth-serving organizations should be happening in every urban area. That means donors need to be shopping in every city to support groups like mine.

    Thus, I hope that what gets built on Craigs list and other high volume portals will motivate more donors to use the internet to search for charities, and then use the web site of the non profit to decide how, and how much, support to offer.

    If this can push attention, and resources to the local organizations in every city that focus on different, but related, issues, it can strengthen the way they are able to work with each other, and the way they support their communities.