Engadget: Amazon is shutting down the AmazonSmile charity program in February

Engadget: Amazon is shutting down the AmazonSmile charity program in February. “Whenever people use the AmazonSmile website to make a purchase, the company donates 0.5 percent of what they paid to the charity of their choice at no additional cost to them. As a parting donation to participating organizations, Amazon will give them the equivalent of three months what they earned in 2022 through the program.”

Bloomberg: Russian Hackers Targeting Humanitarian Efforts, Ukraine Says

Bloomberg: Russian Hackers Targeting Humanitarian Efforts, Ukraine Says. “A top Ukrainian cybersecurity official said Wednesday that Russian hackers are attacking logistical lines in the war-torn country, including those delivering food and humanitarian support. Victor Zhora, deputy chief of Ukraine’s information protection service, said the cyberattacks are mostly linked to Russia’s ground and air campaign. He declined to provide specifics on the attacks, citing security concerns.”

Charities hoarded cash and failed to address crises during COVID: Report (Cochrane Times-Post)

Cochrane Times-Post: Charities hoarded cash and failed to address crises during COVID: Report. “Canadian charities responded to the pandemic by hoarding cash and relying on government support, and most failed to pivot to address crises caused by COVID-19 and economic measures taken to control the spread of the virus, according to a comprehensive report by The Veritas Foundation.”

Washington Post: Livestreams are the new telethons, and they’re raising millions for charities

Washington Post: Livestreams are the new telethons, and they’re raising millions for charities. “In the 1970s and ’80s, mass media fundraising revolved around the telethon. Millions tuned in to watch Jerry Lewis and others emcee the events, as celebrities performed on camera and answered phone calls, all to raise money for a charitable cause. Since then, the event has evolved, and telethons have taken on a modern, digital-first form thanks to video games.”

Crain’s Chicago Business: A new way to rate charities—on impact

Crain’s Chicago Business: A new way to rate charities—on impact. “Donors who want more specific info on how a nonprofit will spend their contribution now have a place to go… the website of a New York-based nonprofit that rates charities according to ‘the amount of good,’ or impact, of each donated dollar. The site, which launches today, includes ratings, on a scale from three to five stars, for 1,000 nonprofits in the country, including 27 in the Chicago area.”

TechCrunch: GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere

TechCrunch: GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere. “GoFundMe has made its name primarily as a platform for individuals to create fundraisers for personal causes — a service that has seen hundreds of campaigns go viral through social media to raise collectively well over $5 billion in funding to date. Now, the startup is taking the next step in its ambition to build what CEO Rob Solomon calls the ‘giving layer of the internet’.”

Charity Digital News: Coram to digitise archives dating back to 18th century

Charity Digital News: Coram to digitise archives dating back to 18th century. “Coram has been handed £1.26m from the National Lottery to digitise its archives, which date back to the Eighteenth century. The UK’s oldest children’s charity has been awarded the money through the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out a four-year digitisation project of its archives.”

Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities

Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities. “In this article we’ve catalogued some of the best data resources for charities, looking at the partners and educational hubs that charities can use to get a step up into the world of data, and some of the best sources of open data to start exploring once they get a grasp on the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’.” Extensive list, mostly well-annotated.