Last week was Non-Profit Week on Read/Write Web, where they featured a series of articles on how non-profits are using the web framed under the question “is the Web still a windfall for Non-profits?“. Unfortunately I was away from my RSS feeds last week and I am only now catching up, so I decided to write this post-week summary of what R/WW had to offer.
- The Non-Profits Web Tool Kit contains a great list of tools available to non-profits to leverage the power of the web. Tools listed range from the well-known to the waiting to be discovered and include blogging platforms such as WordPress and volunteer finding tools such as VolunteerMatch.
- Beth Kanter shares her experiences with Web 2.0 and the non-profit sector and highlights her recent experiences at the Cambodian Bloggers Summit. It was interesting to hear about how she was able to use these tools to raise money and awareness for the event but I also appreciated her take home message of non-profits taking creative, low-risk experiments in order to test out the Web 2.0 waters.
- Richard MacManus provides a nice breakdown of how Facebook and MySpace are being used by non-profits. MySpace’s Impact service is being used primarily for political campaigns whereas Facebook’s Causes are being used primarily to raise funds for a variety of causes ranging from Global Warming to Breast Cancer. I’m curious about the root of this distinction and how much of it is due to the functionality each site offers and what role demographics and socioeconomics play, if any.