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14 Must-Know Stats About Fundraising, Social Media, and Mobile Technology

In Communications, Marketing, Planning, Social Media on 06/16/2014 at 12:30 pm

14 Must-Know Stats About Fundraising, Social Media, and Mobile Technology.

J.J. Abrams Teases ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ with UNICEF Charity Initiative Video | Variety

In Fundraising, Marketing, Observations, Planning, Social Media on 05/23/2014 at 1:04 pm

J.J. Abrams Teases ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ with UNICEF Charity Initiative Video | Variety.

In the new teaser video above, Abrams — speaking from “Episode VII’s”  Abu Dhabi set — introduces “Star Wars: Force for Change,” which he describes as a “brand new initiative that’s dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. It’s about helping kids all around the world by supporting UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs.”

The venture, from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot, will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its projects benefiting children in need. Fans who donate a minimum of $10 at the initiative’s Omaze page will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a trip to London to be Abrams’ guest on the Pinewood Studios set of “Episode VII” and shoot a scene for the new film.

Other rewards for fans who donate include limited edition posters; t-shirts; a lightsaber hilt; concept art and film stills from “Episode VII”; and an advanced screening of the movie in your hometown, depending on the amount pledged.

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit? – Amy Schiller – The Atlantic

In Communications, Fundraising, Marketing, Observations on 05/23/2014 at 12:56 pm

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit? – Amy Schiller – The Atlantic.

…Consumption philanthropy corrupts the very behavior that should expand our capacity for empathy and turns it into the social equivalent of paying a sex worker for “the girlfriend experience.” Philanthropy should imply a categorically different relationship with money than the one we have a consumers: something we embark on because we want to participate in a larger goal of improving the world and linking our values, histories, and resources with the needs of other people. Instead, this sector is increasingly vulnerable to what Michael Sandelcalls “the corrosive tendency of markets” to crowd out non-market values. “When we decide that certain goods may be bought and sold,” according to Sandel, “we decide…that it is appropriate to treat them as commodities, as instruments of profit and use.”

If we insist that this is the only way to effectively address massive social problems, we resign ourselves to a world dictated by consumer impulses. From our Warby Parker glasses all the way down to our TOMS shoes, we can cover ourselves head-to-toe with signifiers of empathy in lieu of actual connection to humans who need help. Philanthropy means “love of humanity.” Yet as philanthropy merges and then is overridden by consumer activity, it is our own humanity that gets lost in the process…

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