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Twitter Roundup: January 28 – A buck a day for a good cause, legal advice and private partnerships

   /   Jan 28th, 2011News

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week:

A Groupon for #giving? Sign us up. Philanthroper: A Daily Deal Site for Charities: #socent
ABC Save A Life

Philanthroper is a newly-launched site modeled after the “daily deal” site GroupOn, but instead of getting a coupon, you give a buck. Each day Philanthroper will tell the story of a different small organization in hopes that click-happy Internet surfers will be motivated to click “give” as easily as they’ll post a tweet. The site doesn’t allow for donations greater than $1 because, the rationale goes, they want to attract people who can spare a dollar, but wouldn’t normally give more. Philanthroper has also found a way for only one cent of each donation to go to the transaction cost, so your 99 cents go straight to the organization of the day.

It’s not about the money…it’s about the good feeling you get from giving. That’s what makes crowdfunding work, according to Huffington Post blogger Josh Tetrick. With the crowdfunding model, a donor’s work is instantly rewarded by the community she is working with.

Leadership consultant Rosetta Thurman has compiled her own roundup of tweets which give advice on how to find a job in the nonprofit sector. Most of the advice is fairly traditional, i.e., keep in touch with your college classmates or write a great cover letter, but she’s added online resources that bring those tips into the age of social networking. Perhaps most useful is that Thurman provides a list of online job boards.

Check LawForChange great legal resource for #socent & other social innovators (via @netlex)

So you’ve formed your nonprofit. Congrats! Now, how do you get that tax-exempt status? If you don’t have a lawyer on board with your start-up, but need to know legal issues relevant to your work, check out the LawForChange site. They have tailored their site to the needs of social change organizations, providing a wealth of legal information prepared by leading law firms and lawyers.

Should social enterprises be looking to private businesses for contracts? - The Guardian: #socent
Adam Spence

Research by the Social Enterprise Coalition suggests that social enterprises are attempting to move into new markets as public sector contracts become harder to come by. The Guardian article on the subject also covers some reasons for the disconnect between social entrepreneurs and private companies, and gives tips for future collaboration.

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