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SXSW Interactive 2013

Under the Social Good Hood: Staying Power to Last

Judging from all those press announcements, it seems like everyone is starting their own "social good" platform these days. And why not? It's easy to start a "social good" platform, right? Sure! But how many "markets for good" have actually lasted or even created revenue models that work? Real success stories can be counted on one or two hands.

They may not have the sizzle of Crowdrise, but Network for Good, VolunteerMatch, GlobalGiving, and TechSoup Global have demonstrated that they are here for the long haul, for good. Billions of dollars raised, millions of volunteers connected, tens of thousands of causes sustained in local communities around the world.

So why have these social good marketplaces "made it" when so many others have fizzled? How have they adapted to the constantly shifting landscape of technology and giving? For these technology and social good leaders, their business models may be even more innovative than their web services.

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  1. What does it take to make your social good business sustainable?
  2. What's the difference between an innovative feature set and an innovative business model?
  3. What tools do these fuddy duddys of social platforms have that can be leveraged so you don't have to reinvent the wheel?
  4. What's next in the crowdfunding space?
  5. How are companies leveraging existing and new platforms to engage and empower their customer and employees?



Vicky Hush, VP Client Services & Strategic Partnerships, VolunteerMatch

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  • Tags: innovation
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Level: Intermediate
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