There are good, effective nonprofits and similar groups all over the world, really helping people out. As part of my twenty year craigconnects.org thing, I’d like to help scale that up so that everyone on the planet gets a hand.
Specifically, there are many nonprofits, NGOs, and government groups which are really good at getting stuff done without spending a lot. However, there are also a number of such groups which waste a lot of money in overhead, and there are a lot of nonprofits running outright scams, and making bad situations even worse.
I already support a bunch of honest, ethical nonprofits directly with the few resources I have at hand, specifically cash and social capital/trust, the latter via social media. (Keep expectations low, public estimates of my net worth are vastly overstated.)
How does a person of good will work with others, across the planet and across the years, to scale up to help out everyone?
I’ve realized, in the past few days, that a solution could involve nonprofits which focus on vetting on-the-ground nonprofits, making sure they’re effective and honest, and then getting funding for their clients.
Seriously, that already helps my nonprofit dollars and social media presence go a lot farther.
Funding networks can themselves be operating scams, I’ve considered that, but so far I got a good base network of such groups going, including:
- The Women’s Building of San Francisco
- The Global Fund for Women
- The Bob Woodruff Foundation (families of wounded warriors)
- Sunlight Foundation (governmental transparency)
- Charity Navigator (effectiveness and social impact of nonprofits)
- Guidestar (effectiveness of nonprofits)
- GreatNonprofits.org (nonprofit user reviews)
I think I need to expand this network, over time, but first, need to use social networking to make this existing networking more effective.
That means getting the funding networks to encourage their clients to be more effective in social media. For example, the clients of a particular nonprofit might encourage the people they help to post social media status updates. The nonprofits would share the posts with their funding networks… who would share a few with folks like me.
We’d Share or retweet those updates with our own networks, which affirms the work of all involved, and generates a little buzz, and maybe more funding, for people and groups who need it.
I guess that’s a “leadership by example” thing, and maybe a “leading from below” thing, which is the only approach I understand.
Here is me sharing the Thank You notes teachers post on BookMentors –
Teachers post these Thank You notes each time they receive a book donation from other members of the site.
BookMentors was launched a just a few months ago – zero spending on marketing so far.
Disclosure: I’m involved with the development of BookMentors.
For over years He Visto La Luz Christian Church organizes a food distribution to a differents hispanics churches in the area. With no money down, free of charge, we have been able to feed hundreds of immigrant families. Every organization or churches we have given the food to(bread, cakes, candies, meat, can foods) also distribute to their own community and congregation.
I always check
before donating to a non-profit that I don’t know. That’s how I confirmed that the Alameda County Food Bank was indeed a worthy cause.
A while ago I was curious about an organization that asked for used clothes for veterans by dropping off fliers. I couldn’t find them anywhere, and finally found a filing with the state (CA), that indicated that it’s a scam. less than 10% of the donations were actually used for veterans.
We are a non profit organization that takes in handicapped, homeless, mentally ill men in Upstate Sc. My husband and I are doing this on our own with a few good volunteer staff members. We currently have between 40 & 45 men we take in regularly. I would love to get some help or extra funding to purchase or lease a large facility or large home with 4-5 bedrooms to house our growing population of veterans. We had to leave one home that we were renting because of neighbors thinking we were a halfway house for drug addicts. Now we are searching for a new site. There was a story done on us by channel 7 news out of Greenville, sc wspa.com We had no contacts offering us a home to rent. We can only go into bad neighborhoods. How do I get into your organization to get involved.