ICANN Directors: Take a Close Look at the Dot Org Sale (Mozilla)

Mozilla Blog: ICANN Directors: Take a Close Look at the Dot Org Sale. “As outlined in two previous posts, we believe that the sale of the nonprofit Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital demands close and careful scrutiny. ICANN — the body that granted the dot org license to PIR and which must approve the sale — needs to engage in this kind of scrutiny.”

Junkee: Here Are A Bunch Of Good Causes And Businesses That Are Helping Out With The Bushfires

Junkee: Here Are A Bunch Of Good Causes And Businesses That Are Helping Out With The Bushfires. “As bushfires continue to rage across much of NSW, Victoria and South Australia, it’s easy to feel helpless. And while the government is flailing about trying to catch up with the crisis, there are a bunch of businesses, charities, and good causes that are doing their bit to help out.”

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.”

The Verge: Facebook will let nonprofits include a donate button on their Instagram profiles

The Verge: Facebook will let nonprofits include a donate button on their Instagram profiles. “Facebook is launching three new product features to increase fundraising across its platforms: a new Instagram donation button, a fundraising sticker in Facebook, and the broader rollout of fundraising on Facebook gaming live streams.”

Mashable: A private equity firm now runs .org, the domain for nonprofits

Mashable: A private equity firm now runs .org, the domain for nonprofits . “A private equity firm will soon run the internet’s top domain name extension for nonprofits after purchasing the nonprofit organization that runs it. Public Interest Registry (PIR), which runs the .org domain registry, has been sold to private equity firm Ethos Capital, according to the registry’s parent organization, Internet Society. The price of the acquisition is still unknown.”

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’.”