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9 Social Media for Social Good Sites You Should know About

By on Jan 11, 2011


Social Good Websites

It’s amazing to watch technology evolve. Think about it for a second. Ten years ago there was no Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. But now over 300 million people log-in to Facebook daily, Twitter supports over 50 million tweets per day, and 2 billion videos are watched every day on YouTube. Amazing stuff.

This is a very good sign for the non-profit world. Why? Well, because the non-profit sector is built on human connectedness, relationships, passion and the desire to create positive change in the world. All this innovation birthed a new type of website – one that’s not driven by a specific non-profit, but is focused on individual people and their online networks.

These new websites enable people to support the causes they’re passionate about and connect with like minded individuals – inspiring further interaction, engagement and support. Social media for social good is grassroots organizing, fundraising and impact in the digital world.

Here’s 9 “social media for social good” websites you should check out today.

1) Crowdrise – http://www.crowdrise.com

Crowdrise came on the scene with a big splash in 2010.  According to the Crowdrise team “It’s revolutionary. Really. Crowdrise is an innovative, crowd-sourcing community of volunteers and fundraisers that are answering the call to service, raising money for charity, and having the most fun in the world while doing it.”

The big differentiator for Crowdrise is the built in community that encourages people to raise money and awareness while earning points. These points lead to winning amazing prizes and all you have to do is check the Points Leaderboard to see how you’re doing.


2) Causes – http://www.causes.com

Causes was the very first application built to work with Facebook a few short years ago and now they’ve seen 30 Million dollars raised for 27,000 non-profits. Their belief is that “The most successful movements have always been born out of and held together by the bonds of real world relationships, and online social networks present never before seen opportunities for organizing.” By tying in with Facebook from the start they’ve harnessed the relational power of the most prolific social network built to date.

One of the key’s to the success of Causes is their Create a Cause Wish for Charity concept. Essentially you can set up a page that allows you to fundraise by asking people to donate money in support of the cause you care about instead of buying you a gift. To date they’ve seen close to 10 Million dollars raised this way.


3) Jumo – http://www.jumo.com

Jumo is another social media for social good platform that entered the mix in 2010. Jumo’s received a very warm welcome and a lot of press being that the founder Chris Hughes was also the co-founder of Facebook and director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

According to Jumo they are “a social network connecting individuals and organizations who want to change the world.” Their goal is to make it to find the issues and organization you care about, follow the latest news and updates, support their work with your time, money and skills.

The core benefit of Jumo is it’s ability to surface news and information about the causes and charities you support in a central location. An incredible added benefit is that you can see who else has joined Jumo from your Facebook social network and get an idea of what causes they’re interested in by checking out their Jumo profile.


4) Razoo – http://www.razoo.com

Razoo has seen over 40 Million dollars raised by passionate supporters of charitable work through their platform. According to them “Razoo is more than a website. It’s a movement of people who want to make generosity a part of everyday life.”

You can make a donation to your favorite non-profit, start a fundraising project or create a team where your friends and family can join you in supporting the cause your passionate about.


6) 1% Club – http://www.onepercentclub.com

The 1% Club allows non-profits who’s mission is, in some part, aimed at helping end world poverty. At the heart of the 1% club is a belief that “If everyone would offer 1% of their time, knowledge and income, we can structurally solve poverty” according to their website.

As projects are created people can support projects that interest them by making a donation, joining a project community and spreading the word.


7) GiveZooks – http://www.givezooks.com

givezooks is geared towards non-profit organizations – making it easy for them to bring their fundraising efforts online, promote them through social media channels and process donations, but givezooks also gives individuals the ability to the support non-porfit organizations they care about. They call it “social fundraising that makes it easy for individuals to get involved in philanthropy in a whole new way!”

Once you have an account you can find philanthropic opportunities in your neck of the woods and even start grassroots fundraising like those that you see here for the California School Project.


9) RainMaker – http://www.rainmakerapp.com

Similar to HelpAttack, RainMaker‘s focus is on giving you a simple way to make a donation to a non-profit through Twitter. Once you’ve set up your RainMaker account and connected it to your PayPal account you’ll be able to easily spread the word about a cause you care about while also making a donation. All you have to do is Tweet something like “#redcross is doing wonderful things, so I’m giving $20 through @rainmakerapp

Non-profit organizations using RainMaker are able to easily see who’s supported to them, track how much money has been raised via Twitter and send automated thank you Tweets to each donor.


What else have you see ?

Image by Dustin Diaz


Frank Barry, formerly worked at Blackbaud helping nonprofits use the Internet for digital communication, social media, and fundraising. He’s worked with a diverse group of organizations including LIVESTRONG, United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ChildFund Int’l, InTouch Ministries, Heifer Int’l, University of Notre Dame and University of Richmond. Along with writing for industry publications like Mashable and Social Media Today, Frank facilitates discussions, presents solo sessions and organizes panels for industry conferences such as NTC, SXSW, BBCon and numerous others. When he’s out and about he enjoys talking to interesting people about how they are changing the world – check out his interviews. Say Hi on Twitter – @franswaa or Google+

Comments (21)

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the idea of Help Attack and will be adding the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as a charity option. I also like Causes, which we are already participating with.

    I am still unsure as to how Jumo will perform. It seems like a dashboard at the moment. It’s pulling all the social media content from outlets and re-posting. I am not seeing alot of interaction among people. We’ll see.

    • frank barry says:

      I’m with ya on Jumo. Looks like a nice way to follow the causes you care about in one central place, but beyond that I’m not seeing the utility.

  • Niels Jansen says:

    Thank you for mentioning 1%CLUB in this list of great websites and initiatives.
    Reposted and linked the blog on 1%BLOG: http://onepercentblog.com/

    Niels Jansen / @NieJa
    1%CLUB / onepercentclub.com

  • Cliodhnagh says:

    Frank, many thanks for your kind words on ammado. We are always delighted to get such feedback. A recent exciting feature that you may also be interested to try out is our ammado Facebook application. It can be used on both individual Facebook profiles and organisation fan pages and supports donations in the usual 76 currencies + many payment methods. It’s especially great for fundraisers and for nonprofits outside of the US & Canada who can’t use Causes. You can try it here: http://www.facebook.com/givenow

    Thanks again and all feedback welcome!

    • frank barry says:

      Appreciate you stopping by and letting us know about the Facebook app. I’ll for sure check it out.

    • Xemployee says:

      Don’t be fooled Ammado is a for profit venture run by people with not so nice reputations of shafting former employees. research there last venture called XSil.

  • Also check out http://Rec.fm a social platform that enables people to recommend products they love in support of charities they care about. Fun, simple and viral

  • Nathan says:

    Goodjoe.com and our Design for a Greater Good initiative should soon be no. 10 on this list! ;O)

    Thank you for a very good read!!!

    nathan at goodjoe . com
    in goodness we trust.

  • Thanks for all these great sites. I would love to see additional articles about social good shopping. like pungle.org and dealmeo.com. Besides just giving, it seems like a great way to raise funds would be to integrate it with your daily life a little more.

  • I found this extremely helpful! Thanks for putting these platforms in one location. I’m asking your approval to use this (link and graphics) as part of a presentation re: Social Media Tools for Social Justice I’m giving to a group of college students. Thanks again! -Reina

    • frank barry says:

      Yea, you can absolutely use info from the post. Glad it was helpful. I’d ask for some sort of link back to the blog or shout out in the presentation if possible 🙂


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  • Anonymous says:

    This is great.  Let’s add social network for good http://jackthedonkey.com (be social, discover new music…make change for the charity of your choice freely and regularly) and his musical good side-kick http://iGiveapoop.com (promoting unsigned musicians and bands who drive change to the charities we give a poop about) to the list? 

  • I’d like to suggest &you: its a free widget that lets both individuals and charities share information on the causes they care about across the web and different social platforms, you can get it here:

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