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Monday, June 24, 2024

PHILANTHROPY 2173: On tech and giving

                                                        Picture by Uriel Soberanes on Unsplash

I had an opportunity to talk on a zoom panel in the present day. Within the earlier than instances, this could not be worthy of a remark – it is what I did. Dozens in a yr. Nevertheless, since getting covid that turned lengthy covid, I have not been capable of do…a lot. Between managing the sickness, docs and checks, and staying employed I am at my max. 

It was enjoyable to talk with of us. The occasion was hosted by Stanford Alumni Affiliation, Stanford Alumni in Public Service, the Latino Alumni Affiliation, and some others – there’s a recording however I do not know if will probably be obtainable past the hosts’ networks. 

Throughout the course of the hour, I acquired requested about AI and philanthropy. The Blueprint 2024 (approaching December 15, 2023) has a lot to say about this. However throughout the panel I spotted one thing I’ve thought of for years, however do not assume I’ve stated earlier than. 

Listed below are two true issues:

1. Up to now 20 years there was quite a lot of innovation in digital tech and quite a lot of tech has been utilized to giving – crowdfunding, textual content giving, on-line donations, data sources, giving platforms, and so forth. 

2. Participation charges in charitable giving in the usA. over the past 20 years have gone down. (Complete giving retains going up, however that is from extra wealthy folks making extra huge greenback presents.)

Extra tech. Fewer givers.* Nobody invested in giving innovation needs to listen to that. As a result of, sadly, innovation in giving has turn out to be synonymous with throw some tech at it. If “innovation” is meant to result in “extra,” then it isn’t working. 


One other thought – one I additionally share in additional element within the Blueprint 2024

A number of persons are centered on AI. There are distributors and others within the social sector who’re wanting to promote you some AI powered gizmo to enhance your fundraising (that is greatest market at second). Here is the catch:

  1. AI will get skilled on information
  2. One of the best information now we have, on monetary presents to nonprofits, is wildly incomplete, misses out on many sorts of giving, is culturally misaligned for a lot of givers, misses the whole lot having to do with political giving, and ignores a substantial amount of the giving that different tech makes attainable – for instance, most crowdfunding or direct presents to people 
  3. So in the present day’s AIs are being skilled on yesterday’s dangerous information
  4. It is a good factor, how?  How will it aid you sooner or later?

Extra on this within the #Blueprint. However completely happy to speak about it earlier than then. I do not hang around on the positioning previously referred to as twitter anymore – it is a bit an excessive amount of like late night time at a KKK frat get together for me. You’ll find me on LinkedIn, Bluesky and Mastodon – c’mon over, we’ll chat.

*Sure, there are issues with the information. I do know that you recognize that I do know this. I write about it on a regular basis. Within the “reality” above I am drawing from GivingUSA information and analyses thereof over time. So probably the most fundamental information now we have on giving – monetary contributions to 501 c 3 nonprofits. It isn’t the entire story by any means, but it surely’s fairly complete and correct for what it’s.

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