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Last week, a friend from elementary school’s house burned down. She lost everything. Since they were renters, none of the stuff in the house was insured. Worse yet, it was the cherry on top of an already heartbreaking week in which her little dog had been killed by another dog.
Due to the marvel of social media and social tools, another friend immediately set up a campaign with the site Give Forward to raise $12,000 for a “Start From Scratch Fund” on my friend’s behalf. Almost immediately, the first $10,000 was raised.
A new site called Crooked Souls is posing a profound existential question regarding people who take up two parking spaces.
“We know they suck at parking,” the site says. “The real question: do they have souls?”
On Friday, Reddit made an announcement that it would be donating ten percent of its 2014 ad revenue to charity.
According to a blog post by Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, Reddit will calculate its ad revenue at the end of the year, and then let Redditors nominate and vote on the non-profits they’d most like to support. Once the community has determined its top ten non-profits — and yes, Reddit reserves the right to ignore all suggestions from trolls, the post says — the site will distribute the funds proportionally among the winning charities, based on how many votes each one received.
XXX in Tech
Let us all rejoice, because kids are finally using their wide-eyed pouting powers for good and not evil.
As the Huffington Post reported, two Brigham Young University students have created a project called the Selfie Police, wherein participants are encouraged to donate a dollar for every selfie they take. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to Vittana, a charity that helps low-income kids afford a college education.
Philanthropy and Tech
If you’re looking to indulge your charitable side but don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home, a new startup called Benevidz can help you with that. There’s only one catch: you have to be okay with everyone in the entire world being able to see you naked. Cool? Cool.
Sometimes when we pass a homeless person on the way into our multi-million dollar luxury Chelsea apartment, or our driver takes us through the island slums to get to our private beach on St. John’s, we suspect that we should probably think about giving back a little bit. People are, like, poor, you know? But the problem is that we’re frequently so busy being the CEO of a Very Important Venture-Backed Startup that we don’t have the time to go volunteer somewhere.
For that, we are thankful that Exec exists.
The San Francisco-based startup is a lot like TaskRabbit, minus the price bidding for each task. All execs make a flat rate fee of $25/hour, and you can hire them to do everything from personal shopping to cleaning to research. Starting today, you can also hire them to volunteer for you.
Have you ever seen folks standing by the Metrocard reader (the one that tells you how much is on the card, not the turnstile) just swiping card after card from a big pile. That’s because a lot of times people end up with a random chunk of spare change on their card, but end up Read More
THE TAO OF TIM?
Plenty of Occupy Wall Street-inspired sites have popped up since people started organizing as The 99% in New York and then cities around the country. Some have featured slightly lighter content and inspired more admiration (Pets of Awwcupy Wall Street, Occupy Sesame Street, etc) than others (Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street, for example, and the controversy that surrounded it).
Now, one of these sites—which, like the others, has taken on a fan-following of its own—is using the platform they created out of all of this for a good cause.
Taylor Tees Off
Apple’s new not-Steve-Jobs CEO Tim Cook is running the company these days. Have you heard? If you’re wondering what’s changed with regards to the gig, well, as the Wall Street Journal‘s Jessica Vascellaro reports, quite a bit.
If there’s one thing I hate more than pretending not to have any change when inept accordion-playing buskers pass a hat around the subway car, it’s Jumo, the ugly nonprofit Facebook for charities. It doesn’t work and will probably never accomplish anything.