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Happy Twestival Day

Today, February 12, marks the culmination of an awful lot of effort and energy by many people around the world, volunteers all, who have made Twestival.

Twestivals: Twitter Communities Meeting In Real Life

twestivalbadge If you’re a Twitter user, you like the idea of extending your virtual community into the real world, and you’d be keen to help a worthy cause, Twestival is right up your street.

As Dow Sinks, Charity Traffic Goes Up
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There’s probably more than one way to interpret Bill Tancer’s chart comparing visits to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) website and visits to charitable sites. At first glance, if you’re an optimist, it’s a shred of evidence to support faith in our better natures.

Googlers Around the World Helping Children
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Google employees in different cities around the world have been doing their best to prove that Google is not evil. Well, I haven’t seen this cited as an official reason, and I like to think that they’re doing it because they care, but different branches of Google are helping children in a variety of capacities this holiday season.

A Search Engine Marketing Challenge
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A few search engine marketers have come together to present the SEM Challenge, which is described as a project for the search engine marketing community to use their online skills to make a real difference in the offline world.

The initiative is working with charity organization FORGE, which works with displaced communities in Africa. The challenge itself is to meet their budget gap of $100,000 through a pro-bono SEM campaign designed to increase awareness and donations.

YouTube Channels Charitable for the Holidays

YouTube is pointing to a number of its channels that are getting charitable this holiday season. Well, some are always charitable, but the holiday season tends to bring out the best in many organizations, and the YouTube team thought it would be nice to highlight some of them.

12 for 12,000 Challenge in 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the world around me, around us. When the economy is so bad and much of the future is uncertain, it’s easy to forget that as bad as we have it, there will always be someone worse off. Illness; poverty; hunger; abuse; these and more happen every day to people breathing the same air as us. Which is why I’m setting up the 12 for 12,000 Challenge in 2009.

Google Pushing Charity Through iGoogle Themes
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Keeping within the Holiday spirit, Google is doing something a little more significant than helping track the path of Santa Claus. They’re offering a number of iGoogle themes for causes in an effort to spread awareness and raise donations.

They’re clearly taking it seriously because there is a link to them right from the front page of the search engine, and usually there is not a whole lot of change going on there aside from the occasional doodle.

Donate For The Holiday Season By Using GoodShop.com
With the economy slipping, charities across the nation are bracing themselves for declining contributions this holiday season.

Virgin Launches Strip2Clothe Charitable Campaign
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When we moved last month, my wife and I toted out 43 garbage bags of clothing we culled from our closets to donate to charity—some garments, a little shamefully, with the tags still on them. I’ll let that act serve as rationale enough for not sending Virgin Mobile a video of myself stripping—although Chris Farley’s got nothing on me as far as moves go.

SMS Based Charity Systems

There are tons of uses for SMS (text messaging); Clickatell recently published a guide to 101 business uses for SMS. I’m still making my way through it, but it’s a great read.

Read/Write Web last week posted a great guide to how SMS is being used for giving.

Club Penguin Kids Can Make A Difference
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Club Penguin, the virtual gaming world for kids, will allow it members to donate some of their virtual coins to charity.

Scrapblog Scraps For March Of Dimes

Multimedia scrapbooking site Scrapblog will assist the latest March of Dimes fundraising campaign with an effort called ‘Every Baby Has a Story’.

Google Foundation Financially Well-To-Do

Compound interest can be an amazing thing – money just sort of grows out of whatever amount a person or company originally deposited.  If, for example, an organization started out with $85 million, it could earn a fresh $4 million in a year’s time.  And that appears to be exactly what the Google Foundation did.

Charity SEO Contest
When “the Lisa” emails you and (ever so) politely asks if you’d mention their contest on your blog, it’s hard to say “no”. Her blogging wit is razor sharp and you don’t want to find yourself on the wrong end of it. :-)

Children’s Charity Sets Up in Habbo Hotel

While the focus this week on virtual communities has been on Second Life, with news of developer Electric Sheep’s $7 million tie-up with CBS and others, here’s news of one organization’s plans for another virtual community.

Google Gives Clicks To Charity

Everyone’s aware of Google’s old “do no evil” motto, but not as many people know about the company’s good works. Some folks were very surprised by the extent of one recent charitable act: the Google Grants program essentially dumped $10,000 into a non-profit organization’s AdWords account.

Google’s Charity Donation

Google has announced new merchants using Google Checkout – Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, Golfsmith, Linens n Things among others – but more importantly, they’ve announced the addition of eight international charities.

Seasonal Changes At Google Checkout

Google Checkout has, as expected, instituted a few changes in response to the holiday shopping season. Look for a smattering of new merchants – including PETCO – and for the opportunity to save $10 (in more than one way).

Google.org Aspires To Charity, Profits

Google.org has been getting a fair amount of attention lately. “The philanthropic arm of Google” was formed in late 2004, and, unlike most charitable ventures, is a for-profit entity. Although that sounds somewhat troubling, a recent interview with Dr. Brilliant, the Google Foundation’s executive director, should put any fears to rest.

Bill Gates Donated To Charity

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