All My Faves NPO – We are excited to announce the launch of All My Faves’ brand new Non-Profit Organization page (NPO). There is nothing quite like it on the Web and our team of editors had painstakingly reviewed and filtered out the most reliable and effective NPOs out there to create this special page.
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SPENT – Take the ultimate challenge of making it through the month with the little that you have left. SPENT is a compelling game (so to speak) on what it means to be one of the people Urban Ministries of Durham helps out. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that the experience is as real as it gets. Check it out and share with friends. I couldn’t last more than 10 days. What about you?
Reason – With the underlining principles of “liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity,” the online site of printed magazine Reason offers an unconventional approach to politics and culture coverage. Moreover, Reason presents itself as a voice positioned outside the left and right-wing arenas.
Reason is not part of any giant content conglomerate, but is rather funded by a non-profit organization, the Reason Foundation pushing forward “free minds and free markets.” So what sort of articles will you find on Reason Online? An array of well-written posts that entice your analytical sense and make you think about current affairs in an active, rather than passive way. The first example I would like to share is The Unschooled Life, an interview with bOING bOING’s Mark Frauenfelder. Our Leaky World by Jesse Walker is another example of Reason Online’s blissful content. Time to make your own mind about what’s going on in America and beyond.
Philanthroper – The concept of Philanthroper resembles the one of Groupon, only in the non-profit arena. In the FAQ section Philanthroper explains: “You know those daily deal sites? We’re another one of those. But instead of selling something, we’re sharing the story of a new 501(c)3 nonprofit every day. And if you’d like, you can give them $1. We’re trying to make doing good a habit.”
Philanthroper.com is beautifully designed and uses large high resolution photos to make an impact, and rightly so. Some of the ‘recent deals’ include Reef Check and The People’s Music School, although last Sunday’s deal for Canine Assistants touched me the most – see the image below. Users taking part in Philanthroper’s deals make only $1 donations so the commitment is minimal, but the help is immense. Great website.
Jumo – This website is simply amazing. It has cleverly combined the world of NGO/NPOs with the social network sphere, making it the best ‘follow your cause’ venue currently on the Web. In simpler terms, Jumo “makes it easy for you to find, follow, and support the issues and organizations that are important to you.”
Once you’ve signed up via Facebook, the Jumo platform asks you to select your areas of interest (such as human rights, environment and animals, poverty, art & culture, etc.). Next, based on your location, the Jumo system showcases nine different organizations and causes for you to follow in each of your chosen fields. See it here:
When you’re done, you’re taken to Jumo’s silverlining page: a Facbook profile-like page, customized according to your preferences, displaying important news and updates -feeds, really- relevant to your profile, plus suggested causes and organizations to follow. It looks amazing, includes content I’d actually like to read and it’s all for a good purpose. Hooray Jumo!
RestoreTheGulf.com – “Be the one to restore America’s Gulf” is what this petition by Women of the Storm organization is asking of you, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do your part. Founded in 2006, Women of the Storm is a non for profit organization established “in response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Women of the Storm is a diverse, non-political, nonpartisan group of women from the New Orleans area and across South Louisiana.”
Now focused on restoring America’s gulf environment from the blight caused by the BP oil spill, Women of the Storm has created the Be the One site to direct the US citizens power toward the American government so as to make the Gulf’s restoration an immediate reality. I’ve already signed the petition. What about you? See the video below for more information.
Hands Symphony – This ingenious website by the American Heart Association has come up with an uber-cool way of advertising hands-only CPR. Soon as you enter the site you will see thumbnails of different hand actions, each producing a unique sound or rhythm. Called the Hand Symphony, this low tech music mixing platform lets you create cool tracks by choosing any combination of the hand sounds. Choose between the Dance, Hip-Hop and Latin effects on the right to get a nice background tone that suits your mixed creation.
So what’s the point of having this Heart Association site, showing the wonderful sounds made by human hands? Well, if you think about, another wonderful thing hands can do is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. It’s a great way to raise awareness of helping out by learning a simple life saving procedure, using no other tool than both of your hands. Here’s how.
Crowdrise – The non-for-profit sector is a godsend, but in our overly capitalist society it often lacks the necessary publicity that yields large scale impact. Charities giving a large chunk of their donations to advertisement agencies is indeed a legitimate solution, but there is an even better and much cheaper one out there: Crowdrise offers elegant and super-powerful help to charities, fundraising projects and volunteering by offering users an array of exciting tools and options to choose from.
Create your own fundraising page, volunteer project and/or campaigns and share these around, or play your giving part by joining the active Crowdrise community; earn points for voting (these can be translated into $ donations!), win prizes and more. You can also do it the old fashion way and make a donation to a charity of your choice or to another cause and/or campaign you’ve seen on the site. In short, Crowdrise has turned the NPO sector on its head in terms of raising money, spreading the word of noble causes and inviting more people to help out, each in their own way. Crowdrise, you’re my good cause promotion hero!