Today, there are a lot of ways to approach philanthropy. You have the traditional models: your generational family foundations, private funders, and nonprofits. Then you have the newer models of giving circles, social impact groups, corporate giving, and crowdfunding. And somewhere between all that sits B1G1: Business for Good.
B1G1 is the brainchild of Masami Sato. It’s a global giving movement centered around the buy one give one model. The organization connects purpose driven businesses that want to make a difference with meaningful giving activities around the world. So that every time consumers make a purchase in their day-to-day lives, a brand donates a product or portion of proceeds to important world causes. The membership community currently comprises of +2,500 businesses who have collectively donated over $240 million to date.
At Untapped Philanthropy we spend a lot of time analyzing the Tech for Good industry, the funder experience, and exploring how funders can democratize philanthropy in order to build a philanthropic collective that better serves our communities. For this special episode of the podcast, we turn our gaze to nonprofits and one of its industry experts.
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic led to an outpouring of funder support. Major funders worldwide quickly loosened their grant restrictions, eased reporting requirements, and leveraged new technology tools and platforms to give more freely in the hopes of sparing their grantees from impending financial catastrophe.
This week Fluxx co-founder and host of the Untapped Philanthropy podcast, Kerrin Mitchell, sits down with funder technologist, futurist, (and former Fluxxer) Sam Caplan, to explore the accelerated change of funders and technology. Together they examine the role technology must play in building more equitable giving communities and discuss the role technologists play in driving change.
Fluxx is back with another scintillating episode of Untapped Philanthropy! This week we’re thrilled to feature an author, advisor, consultant, and philanthropy coach who is just as obsessed with the future of philanthropy as we are, and works to help funders make future-forward decisions for their work.
Keep reading for more information about the episode, or give it a listen now using the link above.
At Fluxx we’re in the business of building technology that serves the social sector, which means we’re always having critical conversations about social sector strategies. Which is why we’re thrilled to focus this month’s Untapped Philanthropy podcast episode on how we as a community can leverage technology to facilitate strategic thinking and in turn – a better grantee experience. So let’s dive in.
We’re living through a time of unprecedented worldwide change, coupled with ongoing feelings of isolation and separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time the Fluxx team worked round-the-clock to forge even deeper connections with funders, government organizations, and our partners, in order to help our community of philanthropists give more freely, provide additional support to communities in need, and do more – faster. And we’ve collected some pretty impressive stories along the way.
That’s why we are thrilled to announce Untapped Philanthropy – a Fluxx podcast that explores funding, technology, and policy through the lens of visionary thought leaders who are at the forefront of change in our field. We’ve packaged these stories into podcast episodes because we believe that philanthropists need more ways to feel connected and learn from one another. A podcast allows listeners to tune in to powerful stories while taking a walk, cooking, or doing anything else that allows for movement. Let’s be honest, we all deserve an excuse to walk away from our home offices for a well-deserved break!
This podcast is hosted by Fluxx co-founder Kerrin Mitchell. Each episode will consist of 30-minute conversations between Kerrin and philanthropy (or technology) thought leaders who are innovating within their field. We hope this series leaves you inspired and eager to learn more about the collective action taking place in our industry.
Untapped Philanthropy has released two episodes thus far. Check out this blog for information on episode two, and keep reading to learn about our first-ever episode.
Untapped Philanthropy Episode 1: Who determines technology innovations for philanthropy?
For our first episode, Kerrin Mitchell sits down with veteran philanthropy technologist and CEO and Founder of threshold.world, Dan Lammot.
Dan is both a philanthropist and technologist. He is a board member of the Surfrider Foundation, a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Partner Network, and is an expert technologist whose organization, threshold.world, is committed to providing nonprofits worldwide with impact and data-fueled insights.
Together they unpack the “Tech for Good” industry exploring how technology and data can support crucial philanthropic industry initiatives and trends. Most importantly, they sit down to answer the philosophical question: Who determines technology innovations for philanthropy? Philanthropists or technologists?
You can learn more about Dan’s work through the podcast episode embedded above.
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Episodes of Untapped Philanthropy will be released once a month, and will always be shared via the Fluxx blog. We encourage you to subscribe to the Fluxx blog in order to stay up to date on new episode releases.
The common application isn’t exactly a new concept for philanthropy. Different common applications have been used for years, but the adoption has been inconsistent across the industry as a whole. That’s changing thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. If nonprofits are to survive this crisis while also being able to serve their communities, then funders will need to act fast to ease grantee burden and build capacity for those they fund.
For many, December is a month for reflection. A time to look back and assess, and use those learnings to plan for the upcoming year. That’s exactly what we aimed to do with our latest Fluxx Community Insights survey. And during a time of reflection, what better topic to survey than the one consistent that dominated this year – the COVID-19 pandemic.