Justin Jarvis, Community Manager, GTEC

Here at Web 2.0 Expo we really value those who do what matters, especially if they are doing so without chasing the almighty dollar. Like Tim O’Reilly said a few years ago in a commencement address for the UC Berkeley School of Information and reiterated on his blog a few weeks ago,

…financial success is not the only goal or the only measure of success. It’s easy to get caught up in the heady buzz of making money. You should regard money as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself. Money is like gas in the car — you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road — but a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations!

Whatever you do, think about what you really value.

Personally, I couldn’t agree more. Which is why as part of the Web 2.0 Expo event team I’m happy to announce the establishment of our San Francisco 2009 Non-Profit Pavilion. If you’re a non-profit organization that is using Web 2.0 technologies to support your cause, mission, or community goals, we invite you to apply for a spot in our Pavilion.

If you’re chosen as a participant you’ll get a booth in the Pavilion (located on the expo floor) with power/internet drops, on-site branding and inclusion in the events guide, completely free of charge.

Think of it as our way of saying thanks for being awesome!

Simply post a comment that answers:

How are you using Web 2.0 technologies to improve the lives of others?

At Web 2.0 Expo New York we were proud to showcase great organizations like ChangingthePresent, Amoration, Creative Commons, Donorschoose, Knowmore, Social Actions, USIBA and the University of Denver CIS Program.

Organizations must be a registered 501c3 to participate. Space is limited, so we’ll only be able to take a select few. The deadline to apply is February 20. An internal Web 2.0 Expo committee will select the booth recipients and announcements will be made the week of February 23.

Thanks for doing what you do, keep it up.

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17 Responses to “The Non-Profit Pavilion: Our Way of Saying Thanks”

  1. Gordon Clarkeon 03 Feb 2009 at 12:36 pm

    FamilySearch International is delivering Open Genealogical Data through an expanding platform that includes: 1) APIs to billions of names and records 2) encouraging and contributing to open source projects for API wrappers and sample code for .NET, Java, Cold Fusion, Ruby, PHP, GWT, and Cocoa/Objective C environments. Free Developers Services are offered through DevNet.FamilySearch.org, Forums, List Services, Groups, Phone and Email Support. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources. Patrons may access resources online at FamilySearch.org, through third-party products interfacing with free apis, through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4500 family history centers in 70 countries.

  2. Amee Godwinon 11 Feb 2009 at 11:16 am

    Access to a 21st Century Education is a Right

    ISKME’s participation in the global “Open Education” movement over the last four years is rooted in the idea that equitable access to high-quality education is a social right.

    Imagine: School districts in South Africa receiving no-cost math textbooks and training for teachers to add in their own lessons. Or, college biology instructors and students in the U.S. training together to conduct real-world scientific investigations.

    Open Educational Resources, or OER, support these and other opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning by using accessible, teacher-led content. We believe that enabling teachers and learners to be “makers” and “doers”, including making learning content and sharing experiences, builds a 21st century education. Although there is great deal of content on the Internet, open content provides new freedom of access. With OER, educators are free to use, adapt, remix, and share resources, legally, to fit their needs. Recasting teachers as curriculum creators gives them an active role in educational resource reform. There is a growing number of individuals and institutions now developing new economic and pedagogical models around shareable and customizable learning content, and our work is intended to facilitate this emerging transformation.

    We would welcome the opportunity to bring more visibility to these efforts and to invite all life-long learners to participate.

    Through the OER Commons initiative and online network (www.oercommons.org), ISKME trains teachers to use, create, and collaborate using OER materials. We use Web 2.0 social tagging, rating, reviews, bookmarking, wiki-based authoring, micro-blogging, digital storytelling, Creative Commons licensing, and metadata search strategies, in order to bring shared high-quality interdisciplinary and socially relevant approaches to learning to the forefront. We work nationally and internationally, exploring how instructors can use content across regions and levels, and how resource and technology-challenged areas can benefit.

    The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, or ISKME, (www.iskme.org), an independent, nonprofit research institute established in 2002, was named an Education Laureate by San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation for its development of OER Commons, an open teaching and learning network. More information about our trainings, research and other programs can be seen at: http://wiki.oercommons.org/mediawiki/index.php/Projects and http://www.iskme.org.

  3. Ranvir Gujralon 12 Feb 2009 at 5:25 pm

    We’re currently launching a new member-driven nonprofit organization called the Detroit Foundation. The Foundation intends to grow the innovation and creative-based economy of the Detroit area. As most people know, Detroit stands at a crossroads, facing the secular decline of its manufacturing economy without a corresponding rise in a services based economy. Many Metro Detroiters leave the region after college for lack of opportunity in professional services at innovative companies or in the creative sector, not because of a lack of desire to stay. We believe Detroit can thrive once again with a strong professional services industry.

    So how are we using Web 2.0 technologies to improve the lives of others? Well, we’re building the Detroit Foundation from the ground up using Web 2.0. We began our outreach with Facebook meetups, a Ning social network (iheartdetroit.com), and on Twitter (@dfoundation). More importantly, we believe we are the only foundation that will not only take grant request submissions online but use Digg-style voting by our community of members to actually decide grant recipients. So not only will the community submit ideas, nonprofit programs, and initiatives for consideration, but the community will actually use Web 2.0 tools to debate, discuss, and DECIDE the programs we fund.

    Our audiacious goal is to change the economic trajectory of an entire population. We are doing that by providing our community (of Detroit area ex-pats, Detroit professionals, and general Detroitophiles) real tools to connect with one another and to actually act to help “fix” the deteriorating economic, quality of living, and educational landscape in Metro Detroit. We can only do what we do because of the Web 2.0 tools we use.

  4. Ben Hesteron 13 Feb 2009 at 12:03 pm

    The Open Architecture Network http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org (OAN) is an online platform to share architecture and design ideas. The goal of the network is to help architects and designers share their ideas and expertise with those who need them most, including community leaders, Governments, NGOs, and other builders. The OAN is developed by Architecture for Humanity, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need.

    Features include:

    * Project Sharing: Architects and designers can share their projects on the OAN using Creative Commons licensing. Projects allow designers to share their ideas to the world, collaborate with project team members, and receive feedback from the community.
    * Online Design Competitions: The OAN hosts a variety of design competitions that connect the creative energy of the design community with real world issues. This allows designers from all over the world to contribute to humanitarian and sustainability related issues.
    * Social Networking: The user profiles on the OAN allow people to share their skills and expertise. It also enables people to identify local designers for a project, or find an expert from afar that can offer their expertise remotely.
    * Resources: We are currently developing a resources section that will focus on information about local building materials and techniques. This will provide builders around the world, including builders in remote and/or impoverished locations, access to sustainable building practices.

  5. Ricci Powerson 13 Feb 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Founded in 1987 as CompuMentor, San Francisco-based TechSoup Global (www.techsoupglobal.org) is working towards a day when every social benefit organization on the planet has the access to resources they need to fulfill their mission.

    TechSoup Global http://www.techsoupglobal.org serves the NGO sectors 23 countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Poland, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Hungary, India, Taiwan, Germany, and Mexico. The partner network is expected to expand to 75 countries by 2010.

    TechSoup’s NetSquared initiative http://www.netsquared.org/ spurs responsible adoption of new social web 2.0 tools—blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, podcasting—to collaborate, share information and mobilize support. NetSquared.org offers a monthly “Net Tuesday” and an annual NetSquared Conference in San Jose, California which brings together innovators in social benefit initiatives, business models, funding for philanthropic initiatives, software development, and technology. Next month, we will be launching our 2009 NetSquared challenge: how Mobile Technology and its applications benefit social causes via the work of the non-profit sector.

    TechSoup’s Learning Center http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/index.cfm
    offers free articles, community forums, blogs and “webinars” on finding the right desktops, networks, routers, WiFi connections, financial management, website management and security programs. We provide information on accessible tech for disabled users and tips for community technology centers, discuss the latest tools for technology budgeting, volunteer training and fundraising through grants, on-line donations, and social networking.

    TechSoup Stock http://www.techsoup.org/stock/ offers donations of the latest software, hardware and refurbished Green hardware for as little as 5% of retail cost. To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)3.

    Please find more information about us here.

    Thank you for your consideration.


    Ricci Powers
    Sr. Accounts Manager
    TechSoup Global

  6. Christi Pembertonon 13 Feb 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Hi. My name is Christi Pemberton, Founder of Global Crest Music, LLC. I have worked in the nonprofit/public service/academic/arts sector for almost a decade. I am a great supporter of nonprofits and their work. I would love to learn more about the nonprofits who are going to come to the Web 2.0 expo this year. I will be there myself representing my very small company, and would love to meet some of the nonprofit representatives who will be at the Pavilion and at attendance.

    I would also like to invite everyone to visit my new facebook forum called “Money for Nonprofits”, which discusses and take questions about creative and basic to advanced strategies of how nonprofits can get more productive support. Money is part of it, but also support in growing audiences and attracting new audiences and partners are also major topics as well…especially since people lead to more donations. I am thinking about changing the title to “Nonprofit Goodie Bag” instead of “Money for Nonprofits”. So, just try both names on facebook, starting with “Money for Nonprofits” first.

  7. Lila LaHoodon 17 Feb 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The Public Press (www.public-press.org) is a startup nonprofit news organization that aims to strengthen reporting on general-interest and undercovered topics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our long-range goal is to create a sustainable noncommercial business model for delivering quality local journalism through a daily Web and print newspaper to broad and diverse audiences inadequately served by the commercial press.

    We are in the process of developing SF Engage, a community engagement program blending face-to face journalism outreach with new technology in underserved neighborhoods of San Francisco. This program will incorporate neighborhood news meetings, Text-a-Tip (an SMS-based news tip program) and a community news wiki, and teach people how to pitch stories to The Public Press and other public and independent media. Information gathered through these efforts will be fed back to our newsroom where journalists will pursue news tips and report findings in stories posted to our Web site.

    In spring 2009, we will re-launch our local news Web site featuring original content and roundups of news from other local sources. We expect to post new original content five days a week. News content will be generated by professional journalists working mostly as volunteers. We have hired a news editor to oversee more than 30 volunteer editors, reporters and photographers. As we gain additional funding, we will pay our staff professional freelance rates and begin publishing a print newspaper using content drawn from the daily news Web site.

    The Public Press is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3.

  8. James Leahyon 18 Feb 2009 at 2:49 am

    I am working with Santa Clara Adult Education and their High Tech Academy to offer Web 2.0 live online training for web developers. This is a prototype program, and the first of its kind in the State of California. Using a website I developed for them free of charge -www.overtheweb.org-, and Cisco’s Webx, we offer beginning and advanced web development courses. This method of instruction is substntially different than the typical government culture of “remote learning,” as these sessions are live. Santa Clara’s High Tech Academy offers the courses at a substantial savings to students, yet the cirriculum is at the front edge of employing current Web 2.0 development standards. With a year and a half of experience thus far, Santa Clara has mangaged to do on a shoestring budget, what other companies have spent tens of thousands of dollars on. They are taking the lead in the State for innovative web-based learning methods, and are a deserving group dedicated to the needs of others.

  9. David Cohnon 19 Feb 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Spot.us (www.spot.us) is a nonprofit project trying to pioneer “community funded reporting.”

    We use the web to distribute the cost of hiring a journalist to look into stories that might otherwise go untold. Then we try and sell the first publishing rights to this content to reimburse the original donors. If we can’t sell the content we give it away under a Creative Commons share alike no derivatives with attribution license.

    We strongly believe that journalism is a process not a product and that this process should be participatory. While the web has strengthened the process of journalism – it has weakened the ability of traditional news organizations to cover local communities and do long-form civic journalism.

    As a small nonprofit startup, funded through the Knight Foundation, we use social media to get our message out and partner with the public to fund and create great journalism.

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  11. Molly Tafoyaon 20 Feb 2009 at 11:19 am

    The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. As a 32-year-old organization, it is essential for us to adapt to new technologies in order to serve our clients and the greater community. This has been especially true of our recent work securing legal protections for same-sex couples and families, LGBT youth, elders, and asylum-seekers.

    As lead counsel in the California marriage case, we entered the national spotlight when we won marriage rights for same-sex couples. Immediately following that historic ruling, we were forced to defend that rights at the ballot. The No on Prop 8 campaign required not only NCLR, but progressive groups across California to utilize all forms of communication to get our message across that Prop 8, if passed, would be a radical and unprecedented change to the California Constitution that would put all Californians at risk. On November 5—the day after Prop 8 passed, NCLR filed a lawsuit challenging its validity. As we move forward with our litigation, our supporters are engaged now more than ever, and that they are calling on their allies to get involved as well. Our allies are speaking out in all parts of the progressive movement and not just in California. We have connected with labor groups, religious organizations, civil rights groups, as well as reconnecting with old friends, classmates, and coworkers who support our mission of justice and equality. And this is due, in large part, to our presence online which allows people constant access to our latest work and ways to get involved. Essentially, these technologies have made it easier for people to connect and participate.

    For example, we have recently utilized Facebook to create an online rally. Overturn Prop 8: Online Rally in Support of the Prop 8 Legal Challenge is a month-long event that has been wildly successful. This highly visible form of solidarity calls upon our supporters to change their profile picture to an image with the message “Equality Should Not Be Put up for a Popular Vote.” In two weeks, we’ve had over 7,000 people sign on to “attend” and are inviting friends to join them. Because of this activity, we’ve also seen more people become fans of NCLR’s page on Facebook which connects them to our other areas of work, not just our marriage work. We’ve also seen incredible participation over the past weeks on Twitter. Our followers are growing steadily, and we continue to see spikes of activity every time we issue a news update or call to action. Because of these channels of communication, our updates and news are spread far and wide, and at an incredible rate. We plan on harnessing this momentum on March 5, the day of oral argument by hosting a live blog and a live Twitter session to keep our supporters updated constantly throughout the hearing, and to offer our take as the arguments unfold. We will rely on these technologies to keep our constituents engaged as we wait for the California Supreme Court’s ruling—and we will be poised to organize and act.

    Although NCLR is fairly new to these technologies, we have seen an incredibly positive response. As we move ahead in our work, we’re hoping to utilize more technology to promote our events and to gain more members. Social networking tools like Flickr and YouTube will give us the added visibility that we will, undoubtedly need in the coming years.

  12. Bill Jacobsonon 20 Feb 2009 at 11:56 am

    Calling back the Salmon is an all volunteer community project in the Sierra Foothills. Our mission is to restore wild salmon to the Sierra foothills. Their original spawning grounds are inaccessible due to dams that have no fish ladders.

    Now in it’s third year, Calling Back the Salmon brings together Native American tribes, scientists, and people from the headwaters of the Sierra to San Francisco Bay, to share their talents and voice in helping to restore wild salmon populations in central California.

    With all volunteer help, (i.e. very little budget) Web 2.0 technologies have significantly improved our communication efforts. These tools include:

    Synthasite for web content management,
    Myemma for email marketing,
    Twitter for social networking,
    Facebook for social networking,
    ChipIn for on-line donations,
    Wikidot for internal document posting and planning,
    TechSmith Jing for Screen capturing and audio slides,
    Flickr and Mobileme for online photography, and
    Jumpcut for online video content.

    These tools help to improve the lives of others by enabling people throughout the watershed, from Truckee to San Francisco Bay, to get involved and take action in restoring and protecting wild Chinook salmon from becoming extinct in central California.

    The Web 2.0 Expo in 2008 was valuable because we were able to find new tools that have significantly improved our communication efforts. We hope to learn even more at this year’s expo so that we can expand our communication toolbox.

  13. Donnaon 20 Feb 2009 at 4:21 pm

    In the last 15 months, over 20,000 people and organizations have supported grassroots projects around the world via the GlobalGiving platform. How has social media played a role? In the last year we
    a) launched a blog. ok it sorta sucks but that’s why we need to come to web 2.0
    b) ran a super successful online competition leveraging the use of widgets (and twitter thanks to beth kanter) that raised over $375,000 for kick-ass projects around the world
    c) started using twitter and have about 1200 followers – effective for especially for getting the word out about projects focused on disaster relief.
    d) have spoken on use of social media in fundraising at a bunch of cool (and some boring) conferences

    And of course our website is a dynamic marketplace linking donors and social entrepreneurs/grassroots organizations around the world. So far, over 1,000 projects have received support from the GlobalGiving community. Changing the world, indeed.

    We’d love to be with the “cool kids” at Web 2.0 Expo.

  14. MODBEVon 20 Feb 2009 at 9:30 pm

    As a 70 year old non-profit foundation the March of Dimes has been able to expand and move with the times. Staying current and willing to engage in a paradigm shift is critical to that longevity. In order to reach pregnant women and their families as well as those families of children affected by birth defects, premature birth or sadly those that have suffered a loss; the March of Dimes has been engaging in social media through blogging and Twittering in English and Spanish. Through social media, the March of Dimes can deliver messages that are targeted directly to the needs of the user in the manner in which she wants to receive them. Whether encouraging a women who is on complete bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, answering tough questions about specific complications and risks, or engaging families with a baby in the neonatal intentisve care unit, the March of Dimes is able to provide accurate, timely information. By being at the San Francisco 2009 Non-Profit Pavilion, I hope to talk about what we are doing and learn from others what is possible. Thank you for this opportunity.

  15. moyaon 24 Feb 2009 at 12:05 pm

    i second the nomination of The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) — they are working hard to adopt web 2.0 communications in the incredibly disruptive space between traditional human rights organizations and the power of the web. big, interesting changes afoot here.

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