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By working with business, philanthropists, charities and social ventures we believe we can unleash the social energy that exists in the UK to help build a better, healthier society.

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Spring Giving: September news

Spring Giving has begun exciting new research to explore emerging trends in technology-enabled giving, initially focusing on:

  • giving to charity through mobile phones, particularly using SMS.
  • ‘dis-intermediation’, where some funding platforms are facilitating direct relationships between donors and recipients, thus cutting out charities.

So keep an eye out for those reports in the coming months. And check out the Insight Reports that we have been publishing too; they are packed full of helpful tips for charities wanting to deploy technology to its full potential, as are our blogs aligned to those themes.

Also, to present initial findings from our new research and to invite others in to the debate, we are putting on events related to those themes:

3rd October, 6pm – 8.30pm at NESTA: Mobile Giving: Fundraising’s new ‘Supertanker’?

Heralded by many as the new ‘supertanker’ of tech-enabled fundraising, can the mobile phone realise its full potential as a fundraising platform?

Join Spring Giving on 3rd October for an up-to-date look at Mobile.

Click here for more information and to register.


10th October, 6pm – 8.30pm at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation : Out of the Loop

While some digital platforms offer opportunities for charities to engage and raise funds online, there is an emerging trend of technology being used to cut out – or disintermediate – charities from the donor-recipient relationship.

For example, there are an increasing number of sites (particularly in the US, such as IndiegogoHelpcupand gofundme) that offer opportunities for individuals to call out for assistance (for example, if they are in hardship or for educational improvement or artistic endeavour) and be funded directly be donors, in a way that disrupts the traditional place of charities as distributors. They are usually, but not always, based on crowd-funding or micro-finance principles.

Join Spring Giving for an interesting evening on 10th October at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as we explore this subject further. Click here for more information and to register.


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