All posts tagged: dealgooder

DealGooder : Discover Cool Deals and Help Local Charities.

How do you like the idea of getting discounts on products and services you like, while supporting causes at the same time? DealGooder, an innovative company based out of California, lets you to do exactly that. The DealGooder model is simple. The company negotiates great deals from socially conscious businesses and promotes them online. Deals include such things as meal discounts at restaurants, deals on wine tours, or discounts at a local spa. Deals are purchased via the DealGooder website. A generous 50% of all profits are donated by DealGooder to a local charity. Each day, DealGooder promotes a new deal on their website. Also, each week, a new non-profit is chosen as a beneficiary. DealGooder pairs deals with local non-profits. This means that dollars spent on buying goodies go towards helping the local community. Win. Win. Win! Ethan Austin, co-founder of DealGooder was looking for “an easier way to help non-profits raise funds” as corporate giving dramatically reduced during the global financial crisis. He hit upon the idea of combining discounts with charity. With …

Top 3 Disruptive Social Innovations for 2011

The year 2010 saw the coming of age for investment and technology within the social sector. Socially oriented Venture Capital funds are making investment in companies that adopt a market based approach to solving problems of hunger and poverty. In this article, we examine ‘disruptive’ innovations likely to power social causes in 2011 and beyond. 1. Micro Investments gain traction over Charitable Giving and Micro-finance Our previous articles on Philanthropy 2.0 and problems with Micro-finance highlighted issues with micro-credit and trust factors with traditional giving. In this article Dr. Yunus, Managing Director of Grameen, insists on the creation of a micro-credit regulatory authority to prevent loan-sharks from profiting off the suffering of the poor. These developments mean that micro-investments (interest free loans against equity within micro-enterprises) have potential to take off in 2011. We are likely to see corporations make a shift from philanthropic giving to impact investing. 2. More technology startups focus on social issues Worldwide, more people now care about global welfare and social and environmental issues than perhaps ever before. Technology and …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since its Thanksgiving, we would like to say thank you, to the founders of all the Social businesses and non-profits we have spoken to over the last few months. The world would not be the same without the vision, passion and commitment of the talented individuals behind these organizations. And we would like to thank all of you, our readers, who have been sharing our stories out to your friends. In doing so, you help raise awareness towards causes that you care about. And this in turn directly helps the cause. Here are some examples from last month; Many people emailed us asking how they could donate to Narayanan Krishnan’s cause An event management company in Mumbai read the story about Mirakle Couriers and decided to give business to them. We received emails asking for more information on fair trade companies such as Himjoli. A ‘Sharing Economy’ is on the rise I had a chance to read this article earlier this week. The article is a very good summary of the book “Whats mine is …