For a little over a year now, Matt Knell, Meg Fowler and I — as Social Media for Social Change (SM4SC) — have been using the social web to raise awareness (and funds!) for charities. In that time, we’ve noticed a sharp increase in social media being used for good causes, whether by organizations or through grassroots efforts like Danny Brown’s 12for12K and Twestival.
For this reason, we’ve created SocialChangeCamp, a BarCamp-style event to bring together non-profits, NGOs, community organizations, corporate responsibility teams, museums, schools, and other public interest organizations together with new media and technology professionals to talk about the new state of giving and review techniques and solutions that have worked.
SocialChangeCamp is happening Saturday, September 26 at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City.
We’ll be ironing out the details over the coming weeks, but for now, you can help us in three ways:
- Tell your friends about us! Retweets, reblogs, etc are welcome. Everyone is welcome to attend, but we’re going to stick to the overarching theme of “Social Change 2.0″ – how social causes can better use technology to reach their fundraising goals. The event is best suited to those who work for non-profits, NGO, museums, schools and other organizations who are looking to bring their fundraising / advocacy to the next level.
- Volunteer! If you’d like to help us put on the event, drop us a line at socialchangecampny[at]sm4sc[dot]com. We’ll be holding the first meeting of the organizing committee soon.
- Sponsor or underwrite us! We’ll be keeping to the BarCamp spirit with a maximum donation of $250, which means to keep the event free or inexpensive, your contributions are welcome. We also need a 501(c)3 organization to underwrite the event so we can make sure the donations are tax-deductible. If you want to sponsor us in cash, or in-kind donations or can help us underwrite the event, please contact us at sponsors[at]sm4sc[dot]com or drop us a line.
Thanks, and we’ll see you in New York in September!