Charity CHAMPs – get involved with microphilanthropy now!


Globosocial Adventures Full of Social Innovation Goodness by sylvng
November 20, 2009, 9:09 pm
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With all the voting hubbub going on for Charity CHAMPS voting on ACF I have met lots of people interested in microphilanathropy, and have been in some very stimulating conversations about social innovation.  One great place to visit for social innovation information is the Globosocial Adventures Blog, written by Rizwan Tayabali. Rizwan is a management and social enterprise consultant who has a job that I envy – he’s currently traveling around the world working with social enterprises in different cultures and economies, trying to understand how we can design better global support systems for social start-ups and small social enterprises.

If you read his blog you’ll get a mix of cultural experience stories and notes about his meetings with social entrepreneurs around the world, such as the Ashoka Mexico team. He’s been kind enough to offer his support for Charity CHAMPS, and has an open call to anybody out there involved with social enterprise – if you think he can help at all with what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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“Microphilanthropy”? What?? by sylvng
November 8, 2009, 10:58 pm
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Charity CHAMPS’ mission is to get more people doing good in small ways. The small actions all add up, after all, to big things, and if you follow this blog, you will have seen the staggering growth numbers of organizations doing “microphilanthropy”.

I’m not one for big words, but I do like the word “microphilanthropy”. It makes natural sense to me – “small good”. And with others like Peter Deitz from Social Actions also using the word, I thought it would be appropriate to throw Charity CHAMPS behind it as well. From as far back as 2006 people have been blogging and saying that “microphilanthropy”  is the next up-and-coming word. But if I had a penny for every time when I get a blank look for using the word, Charity CHAMPS might not need to apply to the Aviva Community Fund for funding. It seems that “philanthropy” on its own isn’t widely understood, let alone with “micro” in front of it.

It is a word though, I swear! It even has a wikipedia entry. I’m just not sure that it’s the right word to associate Charity CHAMPS with. While discussing with an SEO expert on what keywords we want to be aligned with, this question came up, and the unfortunate fact is, if we don’t use this word, the other options are slim pickings. “Micro-actions”? “Micro-giving”, at the obvious risk of sounding just like microgiving.com? Industry standards like “volunteer” just don’t sound sexy to me by comparison, but maybe that’s just what we need.

Thoughts?

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Vote for Charity CHAMPS, boost microphilanthropy! by Kevin Wong
November 3, 2009, 10:58 pm
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Today is day 3 of Round 2 of the Aviva Community Fund up in Canada. The slogan of the competition is “Supporting what’s important to you”. Charity CHAMPS is promoting microphilanthropy amongst youth, the most important, but least engaged demographic in philanthropy. That’s important to us!

Also unlike a lot of the other ideas competing for votes, ours has a fundamental online and micro-action foundation which we think there needs to be more of. Philanthropy needs to benefit from the huge changes in technology like every other industry!

If any of these things are important to you (and we hope they are), please vote for us. The money is going to be critical for us hitting targets we’ve set for ourselves!

Vote here:
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf2300

Check out the new video on our site:
http://www.charitychamps.org/