Social Good Morning
Today I attended a brilliant SXSW panel entitled “The Future of Philanthropy: Social Giving Takes Off.” As one who believes the practical convergence of idealism and realism is key for inspiring significant and long-lasting global reform, it was fascinating to hear from experts in the field of using social media to improve and save lives.
While one guest expressed that he was feeling “caused out” these days, panel leader Daniel Patterson led a thought-provoking discussion that made me more optimistic about my generation’s potential to make a difference via Facebook/Twitter/etc.
When explaining the key challenges for nonprofits, Patterson and the other panelists expressed that building trust is the most important step for increasing organizational awareness and support. My startup VouchBoard will allow nonprofits to showcase support from those who value their work. I’m hoping VB will help establish this trust, while encouraging users to also recognize friends and colleagues who dedicate their time, energy, and/or money for making a positive mark. This panel certainly inspired me to do my part.
-Andrew Bank (Senior at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School)