Many organizations start with simply spreading awareness and education throughout the populations. However, to create programs that could meet this goal, they would need aid and support from donors. This could be done both physically (through volunteering) and financially (through donating). Charitable organizations have existed for centuries, helping millions all over the world. However, these organizations do have to change with the tides and develop through time. The internet is a great tool for this.
Social Media is gaining popular attention. It might be because of Ashton and Oprah, it could be because of the economy, but more and more companies and non-profits are enquiring about the subject. The same question comes up in each discussion …
“Does social media work?”
I love this story, it is so incredibly “publishing 2.0” and “blogosphere spirit” to me. A bunch of laid off journalists from Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a now online-online publication, have started a non-profit online news site called Seattle PostGlobe. This from the Seattle Times story:
Seattlepostglobe.org has little money — about $3,000, with another $3,000 pledged. “We’re working as volunteers now,” Murakami said.
The site expects to rely to a great extent on reader donations. Murakami said the goal is to get 8,000 people to pledge $10 a month to help pay full-time, part-time or freelance staff.
Ads will also help, of course.
As you can see, Seattle PostGlobe is a pretty straight-forward, bloggish and everything. Just the way we like it.