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Web Laureate

i simply love this idea! would be neat if you could see how much you and your friends or a group of people have donated in total. my experience thus far - http://web-poet.com/2009/12/23/causeworld/

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I like the idea that we could see the friends & group of people have donated in total

Tresha Thorsen

i like this on so many levels:
1. it nudges the consumer to think about impact of choice
2. it shows example of corporations embracing philanthropy
3. it highlights for the now designated "main areas" of charity who've opted in/were asked.
so this gives new ave's to consider for fundraising as well as other companies another incentive for how their businesses can promote social good in physical space.

And thanks for the daily gift of your blog...how to give/say thanks in return??Much joy and love to you and your fam....from Berkeley and Tre ;)

Sharakarasic

I am community manager for Appolicious, an iPhone app recommendation site, and I'm really trying to introduce to our audience all the great social good apps that exist - such as CauseWorld, Give Work, Extraordinaries, etc. So would love to know if anyone has a great list of such apps - we have started a discussion here to share social good apps:

http://www.appolicious.com/topics/the-best-apps-for-social-good-::12

Cheers,

Shara Karasic
shara@appolicious.com
Twitter: appolicious, sharakarasic

giulio quaggiotto

Beth,
on the topic of "playful" fundraising, you might be interested in a recent example of use of virtual worlds to engage youths in non profit causes, as reported by Betterverse (http://www.betterverse.org/2009/12/xeko-elf-island-merge-to-connect-youth-nonprofits.html). Btw, what is your take on slacktivism? http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/391

Cheers,

Giulio

Jenny Arriola

Hi Beth,

Thanks so much for blogging about us :) We greatly appreciate it and you've provided us with some great insights!

Cheers,
CW Jenny Arriola

ottnott

I have the app. It will be deleted soon.

Each time you successfully use the app, all you “earn” is the right to choose which of the pre-selected charities will get 10 cents of already-donated money. The money is already donated, so your efforts don’t do anything to increase corporate giving.

I believe that the app is mostly a front to help Kleiner Perkins and Shopkick service test their technology and gather data for marketing the Shopkick service.

Each store “check-in” gets you 10 karmas, which, when donated, are worth 1 cent each. It takes additional effort to then “donate” the karmas. You can’t “check in” to another store for another 5 minutes.

As for the argument that success of the CauseWorld app would encourage corporations to give more, call me skeptical at best. Corps tend to budget their charity dollars first, and then decide how and where to distribute them.

If CauseWorld was really about giving, it wouldn’t waste so much user time for so little benefit to charitable causes.

Natalie

Ottnott, you make some interesting points, but I think there's something you're completely missing: CauseWorld is turning REGULAR marketing budgets (as opposed to traditional philanthropy budgets) into charity. For example, it's not Kraft's charities or their philanthropy section getting involved – it's their marketing and innovation guys. Why? Because the brands get engagements with thousands of users with their brands. Instead of a nice press release for a $100K charity contribution, they get personal engagements and brand value for each ten karmas. How cool is that for a brand? It's great PR for them, and a win for the user and charities. Instead spending money only on traditional marketing, they go through CauseWorld to get marketing AND give to charities. That alone can shift more dollars to be spent on nonprofits because nonprofits will get access to part of the marketing budget in addition to the current philanthropy budget.

And for users, we get to choose which organization gets the karmas. That is how it SHOULD be decided where the money goes – it is where the people BELIEVE money should go. What do we get right now from traditional marketing? Nothing. Well, maybe you'll get a jingle stuck in your head for a few days.

Just my two cents.

Kathy A

I am curious to how many Karma points equal a real dollar donated. I can't find anywhere if we are talking dollars or pennies. Karma Points sound wonderful, but if the exchange is not outweighing my time and fuel, is it worth it? I can donate $10 instantly with a text message. How much of CauseWorld is going to overhead and how often is the money dispersed? Many questions before I truly feel warm and fuzzy about Karma Points.

lilbuddha

To clarify a comment in the blog, you can only check in at a business once a day.
Natalie makes good points and I would like to add that doesn't seem to be just about corporate giving/advertising. The app now asks to get the check-in business involved.
I do have some of the same questions listed above regarding actual dollars given.
I am all for the concept, however.

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