Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology


Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lynn Luckow, President & CEO of the Craigslist Foundation.  Follow his organization on Twitter – @craigslist_fndn.

By:  Lynn Luckow

Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? spoke at lunch today about why philanthropy can’t ignore technology or the lessons learned from key technology organizations.  He reinforced the power of people connecting to one another and to the institutions they trust.  Q&A revealed both support and ambivalence by foundations to fully embrace new  technologies.

The keynote and discussion made me even more confident that a new platform being developed by Craigslist Foundation to connect people in communities and neighborhoods to themselves and to useful tools, resources, and organizations, and to stories of success, failure, and innovation in community building is necessary.  Funded so far by the Knight Foundation and craigslist, the platform prototype will be tested in early 2011 and work across sectors and silos to capture useful stories and promising practices in addressing the central issues that communities and neighborhoods face: education, environment, crime,
safety, homelessness, job creation, and actually knowing who lives in the next block over.

You can keep tabs on this initiative at

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