The mad pace of technological progress and its impact on the philanthropic consumer can be disconcerting. How do fundraisers influence things?
I think the answer is – jump right in! What do I mean by that? I mean that for veteran fundraisers, we need to become technology entrepreneurs. Every day, technology start-ups come across my desk: exciting new mobile applications, light weight but capable, cloud based CRMs, crowdsourcing platforms, and everything else under the digital sun.
There is enormous potential in all this electronic froth… some of it is highly focused on our market but a lot of it is just a touch naive and possibly a bit simple-minded about the charitable sector.
What we actually need is investment, risk, and guidance from fundraisers themselves. Why don’t we create a small but mighty private investment fund? Why don’t we get a group of fundraisers together and create a place for new good (read: useful for fundraising) technology ideas to get some funding, some mentorship, and some early beta clients?
I’m in. Who’s going to join me?