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Every month Ray Stockford, Systems Administrator for Place2Give, shares the latest tech updates to the Place2Give website and the technology solutions offered through Dexterity.

There are a few new features and updates on Place2Give this month:

One of the things that we learned from our users is that having some more visuals around how the data is organized on Place2Give.  So we have now geo-tagged all 1.6Million charities, where they operate and where they are headquartered.  The search results can now be grouped by region and displayed on a map. The results are totaled per region (state/province), and if you hover your cursor above the region it shows the total results for that area. 

This week I will be presenting at Wink Calgary.  This is a lunch-time session where I walk a woman named Jane through her legacy planning and charitable gift strategies.  As I was thinking about how best to present the information in a condensed amount of time, and still provide enough information for individuals to be able to start the work on their own, or seek out additional resources as needed, I reflected on what my parents and grandparents have taught me.

Every month, Ray Stockford, Systems Administrator for Place2Give shares the latest tech updates on the Place2Give website and technology solutions offered through Dexterity.

The GIVE-API has been released and the following features are currently available:

  • Basic (keyword) + Advanced (charity size, charity type) search functions
  • Detailed charity information: from contact info to operating budgets to volunteer turn-over rates, numerous information points are available.
  • Charity financial data: Revenue, expenses, profit / loss ratio, liquidity, long term investments
  • Charity Project data: Project details, expenses, volunteer hours, salary cost, material cost
  • Access to Credit Card donation portal: USD + CAD options

I recently finished reading The Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries.  I like how Ries reinforces some of the principals that I undertook when I was building the software side of my company and launching the different products and services around strategic philanthropy on Place2Give.com.  A few months ago, I had the privilege of hearing a friend and tech entrepreneur, Evan Hu, present at Start-Up Calgary on how he integrated the Lean Start-Up concepts with his tech companies  The way he told his story made me think about how I could apply Lean Start-Up concepts to building social change agencies.

This is the second blog in a new series we are launching called ‘Notes from Ray’s Desk’. This blog series is written by our Systems Analyst and Project Manager Ray Stockford, and focuses Place2Give’s technology, updates to that technology, and general things of interest to our tech team.

GIVE-API V2.0 is ramping up and will be released soon!

Last month we release our GIVE-API, which provides developers, companies, and organizations with access to integrate the data that Place2Give has on North America’s vast charity sector into their own apps, websites, and platforms. We have been busy constantly improving our API to the point where in the next few weeks, we will be releasing Version 2.0 of the GIVE-API.  Updates include:

Earlier this month I presentat at the Phasis Symposium on CSR.  What follows are the slides and presentation notes.

 

It is my pleasure to share the first year of giving through Place2Give Foundation and the ongoing work of Dexterity Consulting.  I developed this platform with the purpose of helping organizations connect with donors in a more strategic way by profiling the way that people give and the way that organizations implement programs, and then helping donors find their "charity match."

This is the first blog in a new series we are launching called ‘Notes from Ray’s Desk’. This blog series is written by our Director of Technology Ray Stockford, and focuses Place2Give’s technology, updates to that technology, and general things of interest to our tech team.

How can Big Data serve Philanthropy?

‘Big Data’ is probably most widely known for its ability to analyse large and varied datasets to determine a statistically valid answer to a particular problem. So far, corporate entities have used this to track surfing habits to target a demographic with specific browser content or advertising. Or, retailers track buying habits to target customers with specific flyers or coupons (I.E: Target). How does Place2Give fit into this? The technology we are building will tap into this ability and allow the charitable sector to benefit from ‘Big Data’.

For the past several years I have been blogging about the challenges facing the charitable sector, in large part, because of the way that it has been structured, and continues to be managed.  The expectation that the CRA or the IRS has any role or responsibility in managing the way that the sector operates is not only foolish, but unrealistic.  Below is a blog post originally written by Nadine Riopel,The Savvy Do Gooder on just how the sector is broken. I will post part two in the coming days. 

Guest blogger - Karine Aviv

A strong part of Place2Give’s corporate culture is to encourage community involvement.

To be part of a social enterprise means that we are expected to “give back” in some way, shape or form. 

Aside from consulting to donors, their advisors and charities; there are other things that my company, Dexterity Ventures Inc.

I recently returned from a trip to Mexico where I was meeting with NGO’s in Oaxaca State, in a town called Huatulco and presenting at the 3rd Annual Congress of Non-Profit Organizations of Mexico hosted at University of Hidalgo in Pechuka, just north of Mexico City.