Archive | March, 2013

22 Must-Read Updates to Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

30 Mar

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/22-must-read-updates-to-social-media-for-social-good-a-how-to-guide-for-nonprofits/

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Which demographic use Social Media

26 Mar

Camfed, one of the organizations we researched and critiqued, does a great job with their social media. Social media has such an impact on our society, as we are surrounded by it. Here are some cool stats that we found on Camfed’s Pinterest account!

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TED talk – The way we think about charity is dead wrong

24 Mar

TED talk – The way we think about charity is dead wrong

This TED talk to is worth taking a look at. Dan Pollotta emphasizes the significance of involvement. Sponsors want to show their support beyond financial contributions but active involvement as well. We also believe that involvement is important, as partnerships should be made between organizations and existing local communities as well as their sponsors.

A Guide to NGO’s

15 Mar

The magazine New Internationalist published this article back in 2005, highlighting various aspects of an NGO that should be carefully considered before you donate. There are so many organizations out there, especially as the internet and social media makes it easy to promote and share causes with others. It can be difficult, even overwhelming, to wade through the marketing rhetoric in order to figure out an NGO’s true purpose, what they are working to achieve, and their impact (good or bad). However, as the article states, “Donors or potential donors have real power, which is part of the problem. But that power, and responsibility, can also be used in favour of positive change”.

Before giving your time, fundraising efforts, and money to an organization, it is important to do your research to ensure they are truly making a positive change. The article provides a series of questions to consider before you donate. For example, does the NGO in question have limits to the amount of donations they accept from governments and corporations? Strong monetary partnerships with these institutions might affect the ideals, practices, and decisions of the organization, who may fear losing significant amounts of funding if they don’t align their beliefs with these powerful groups. As one author puts it, “Empowering poor people means challenging the disempowering status quo, which brings social movements and their organizations into conflict with the powers that be. Those who profit from the current forms of development have no interest in a shift” (Barry-Shaw & Oja Jay, Paved with Good Intentions, 2012).

Other points to consider, raised in this article, surround responsible budgeting practices, the level of transparency with the public and their donors, and if donors are encouraged to move past passive giving to be actively engaged with the issue at hand, increasing their knowledge about global problems and implementable, equitable solutions.

Many organizations are passionate about social justice and are doing excellent work, in both the global north and the global south. If you are involved with an NGO, or if you are thinking about how to get involved with one, this article is definitely worth a read.

Why a blog?

11 Mar

Our blog seeks to inform the global north, specifically those going abroad on humanitarian trips, about harmful assumptions that create unequal power relations between the ‘donor’ and ‘recipient’ countries. These assumptions are visible in the policies and language of many development programs. We hope to provide suggestions for an alternative model of educational programs, encouraging a dialogue between the global north and south, and centered around the importance of creating partnerships as opposed to approaches that implement solutions based on Western ideals alone.