• Causes Relaunches As A Social Network For Social Good Action, Not Shallow Clicktivism

    Causes Relaunches As A Social Network For Social Good Action, Not Shallow Clicktivism

    Click a link, click a petition, feel better without making a difference. That was the old Causes. Today, the new Causes launches to reactivate its 186 million registered million users. It’s an independent civic social network pushing education, donations, and pledged behavior changes, rather than a patchwork of campaigns tethered to Facebook. And it’s got a serious native… Read More

  • Joe Green Steps Down As President Of NationBuilder, Joins Andreessen Horowitz As EIR

    Joe Green Steps Down As President Of NationBuilder, Joins Andreessen Horowitz As EIR

    Today, we’ve learned that Joe Green, co-founder of Causes and NationBuilder, will be stepping down as president from the latter. Green, who is also an investor and advisor to Asana, will be joining Andreessen Horowitz as as an entrepreneur in residence. He also mentioned that he has some things in the works and will share them in the coming weeks, Last March, NationBuilder raised… Read More

  • Causes Acquires Votizen To Democratize Democracy

    Causes Acquires Votizen To Democratize Democracy

    Activism platform Causes has just acquired political advocacy startup Votizen. With Causes’ massive 186 million-strong user base and Votizen’s tools, together they’ll break down barriers to civic engagement to allow anyone to influence elections. Negotiated by mutual investor Sean Parker, the deal gives people a way to turn out votes for candidates who support the Causes… Read More

  • Mutual Funds For Non-Profits: Bright Funds Wants To Be The Vanguard For Charitable Giving

    Mutual Funds For Non-Profits: Bright Funds Wants To Be The Vanguard For Charitable Giving

    When push-comes-to-shove, people love to donate, especially when they believe that their donation (be it money, time, food or possessions) will make a real difference. While online charity and fundraising platforms have made it easier than ever before to donate to causes, charities and non-profits, web-based philanthropy still has plenty of room for improvement. Today, donors, especially… Read More

  • Google Search Insights Can Help Motivate You To Increase Your Charitable Giving

    Google Search Insights Can Help Motivate You To Increase Your Charitable Giving

    One of the things that I’m really passionate about is helping charitable causes and organizations in any way that I can. A lot of my friends and family try their best to give, either money or time, but have a hard time finding the right organization to donate to. It’s a good idea to stick with a cause that you care deeply about and find the right organization from there. Google… Read More

  • Causes and “Not For Sale” Crowdfund REBBL Beverage Startup That Fights Slavery

    Causes and “Not For Sale” Crowdfund REBBL Beverage Startup That Fights Slavery

    30 million slaves in the world need help, but startups are more sustainable than charities. So rather than raise donations, is crowdfunding anti-slavery group Not For Sale’s new beverage startup REBBL. The company will employ freed slaves in the Amazon, and reinvest proceeds into projects that combat human trafficking. Two weeks in, REBBL is half way to its goal of… Read More

  • Video: Causes Founder Joe Green On The Impact Of f8

    As you may have heard, today Facebook held its fourth f8 developer conference, showcasing an array of new features that represent what Facebook says are the biggest changes to its Platform since it launched in 2007. The changes include a completely redesigned profile and a new Open Graph API that gives third-party applications and sites more flexibility (and eyeballs) than they’ve… Read More

  • Facebook Platform Starts Living Up To Its Potential

    Facebook Platform Starts Living Up To Its Potential

    This guest post was written by Joe Green, the Founder and President of Causes. Causes is the largest online platform for activism and one of the original Facebook Applications. Green’s approach to building online tools is rooted in his offline experience as a grassroots political organizer for federal, state, and local campaigns. He recently wrote a guest post on Facebook Smart Lists… Read More

  • $700,000 Donated To Japan Relief Efforts Via Causes, Salesforce Pledges $25K Matching Grant

    As Japan works to recover from the horrendous earthquake and tsunami that struck last week, many companies and citizens are donating what they can to help. One of the easiest ways to help is to send a text message to the Red Cross (text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation), but there are plenty of other options, particularly if you’re looking to support a certain charity or… Read More

  • Buy Your Valentine's Gift Through Causes, And They'll Donate $10 To Charity

    It’s only ten days til Valentine’s Day (ugh — err, yay!), which means many of you are vaguely aware that you should do something special for your significant other. And this year there’s a way to give your sweetheart a nice gift while also giving back to charity. Causes has just launched a special promotion available at The concept is simple: buy… Read More

  • Causes Raises Another $9 Million To Help Spread Philanthropy Online

    Causes, the startup that helps users leverage Facebook and other social sites to raise money for charity, has closed a $9 million Series C funding round led by NEA with participation from Founders Fund, Marc Benioff, Dustin Moskovitz, Ron Conway, Keith Rabois, and Karl Jacob. Scott Sandell of NEA will join as an observer on the Causes board. Causes CEO Joe Green says that the company will… Read More

  • Bill Clinton Taps Revamped Causes 'Birthday Wish' To Raise Money For Charity

    Former President Bill Clinton is looking to turn his 64th birthday into an opportunity to counter malnutrition in Colombia, reduce childhood obesity in the US, and improve lives around the world. And to do it, he’s turning to Birthday Wish, a service powered by Causes that makes it easy to ask your friends for charity donations in honor of your big day. Clinton will be sharing his… Read More

  • Ron Conway & Sean Parker Raise More Than $70,000 For UCSF And Malaria No More

    Last week we wrote about a friendly challenge between super-angel Ron Conway and entrepreneur/VC Sean Parker over who could raise more money for their favorite causes. The results are in. Conway has raised $40,600 for the UCSF Foundation. He’s beaten Parker, who raised $32,130 for Malaria No More. TechCrunch readers donated to both causes generously, including by simply going to see… Read More

  • Venture Capitalists Ron Conway And Sean Parker Battle For Charity

    Sean Parker (Founders Fund, Facebook, Plaxo, Napster) and angel investor Ron Conway are doing a little smack talking over who’ll raise the most money for charity. Conway is raising for the UCSF Foundation, and Parker is fighting Malaria through Malaria No More. So far Parker is in the lead, with more than $15,000 raised (he’s tying it to his 30th birthday party tonight). Conway… Read More

  • GOOD Scores Funding, Strategic Partnerships To Help Improve The World

    GOOD, an integrated media platform for people who “want to live well and do good”, has announced that it has recently closed a Series A round of funding led by its co-founder and CEO Ben Goldhirsh and a number of angel investors including Nicholas Negroponte. While the amount remains undisclosed, newly appointed President Craig Shapiro says it was in the “single digit… Read More

  • Sean Parker Joins Yammer's Board Of Directors

    Sean Parker is no stranger to Internet success. He’s 28 years old and has already helped start four very well-known services on the web: Napster, Plaxo, Causes, and of course, Facebook. And now he’s taking his impressive resume to Yammer, where he is joining the enterprise microblogging service’s Board of Directors, we’ve learned. Yammer, which won the top prize at… Read More

  • What Michael Birch Did after Selling Bebo and How He Thinks You Should Celebrate Your Birthday

    For all the billions of dollars created here, Silicon Valley is remarkably stingy when it comes to giving. I first wrote about this when I moved here in the great Web 1.0 Internet bubble. Back then, as companies went public all around us, one-third of households earning $100,000 or more gave $1,000 or less to charity—roughly half what the rest of the U.S. gave per dollar earned. And… Read More

  • TwitCause Is Yes, A Causes For Twitter

    Since the early days of the Facebook Platform, Causes has been one of the most popular apps. It’s also big on MySpace, and the company behind it recently announced that they had raised some $10,000,000 for various causes in two years. It makes sense; it’s using the social aspect of these platforms to spread the word on good initiatives. A new venture, TwitCause, from Experience… Read More

  • Causes: $10,000,000 Raised In Just Two Years

    Causes, the popular Facebook and MySpace application that allows users to donate money and build communities around various benevolent initiatives, has just released the latest stats on its fundraising efforts. The organization has now raised a total of $10 million in just over two years, a huge jump from the $2.5 million it had raised over its first twelve months. Even more encouraging is… Read More

  • Grassroots Enterprise's "Actions" Lets You Send Messages To Elected Officials From Facebook

    Writing letters to elected officials and government organizations is a time-old part of political activism. More recently, citizens had the option of using email vs. snail mail to send out correspondence. Now, citizens will have the opportunity to send letters and messages to elected officials directly from Facebook. Bi-partisan Political and digital strategy firm Grassroots Enterprise has… Read More