#noteworthy on February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018
Posted In DNL Updates

Welcome to #noteworthy! Check back every Friday as we share team DNL’s most interesting, useful & unusual finds related to technology, fundraising, nonprofits, and more.

Here’s what is #noteworthy this week:

1. Welcome to the nonprofit club, Center for Humane Technology. Employees and founders, including the guy who co-invented the Facebook “like” button, former designers, and developers from Mozilla and Google, are speaking out against their former organizations about the addictive and harmful nature of technology.

As Center for Humane Technology co-founder Tristan Harris told Quartz in this article, “They profit by drilling into our brains to pull the attention out of it, by using persuasion techniques to keep them hooked.” Yikes.

2. “Alexa, I want to donate $10 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.” Many nonprofits are taking the leap into voice-first purchases utilizing Amazon Pay. Be on the lookout for charities like the American Heart Association and the ASPCA to launch voice-based donations soon. Want to get in early on this fundraising opportunity? Let us know!

3. Twitter tests a new way to fight fake news. Users who found themselves searching for information about the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, found something new above related tweets – a live stream of news coverage from a Miami new station. This article talks more about their partnership with local news organizations and the new initiative.

4. Bill and Melinda Gates #nonprofitgoals. In their 2018 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates answer 10 tough questions that they commonly receive. Answering questions like “What do you have to show for the billions you’ve spent on U.S. education,” all to questions on hot topics like climate change and Trump and what it’s like to work together, their complete transparency – and optimism – is something that all nonprofits can incorporate into their next fundraising appeal or annual report.

5. Spring cleaning is here! Don’t forget your inbox. Feeling overwhelmed by the number of e-mails you’re cc’d on and receiving? Microsoft is offering some help to Outlook 2016 users with Clutter, which sorts messages into a “Clutter” folder based on how likely you are to open or ignore the message.

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