I admit it - I tossed the question out onto Twitter in a bit of a lark. I was preparing for a presentation to 50+ of America's largest community foundations and I've been thinking about Apps quite a bit (not only because of the new Apple Tablet due out tomorrow) because I was about to declare Apps as Buzzword 2010.1.
Most of what I will talk about has to do with ways that certain technologies (and the expectations/behavior they allow) are shifting philanthropy, the shifting sands of social businesses, policy opportunities, intersections with the public sector, new ways of organizing for change, Nonprofit Data Scorecards - the stuff I write about here.
As my plane landed I sent out this Tweet "What could a community foundation App do?
Whoa. The smarties of Twitter responded. A flood of ideas came along - tweeted, DM'd and on and on. Here are some of them:
- Maps of local grantees so I could give or volunteer when I was near them
- Outcome reporting
- App to manage my donor advised fund
- Create a "we have, we need" for donor advised funds
- Mix data on community needs with opportunities for me to take action
- Push out notices of funds available and deadline reminders
- Match grantees needs with volunteers - a community "Craigslist"
- Algorithmic review of the chances my proposal will meet the guidelines
- Find the nearest program officer
- Accept and immediately respond to micro proposals
- Map projects in community (not grantees) and allow grants to them
- Crowdsourced needs assessments and focus groups
I can't help but notice how many of the ideas suggested above use "place" as a key piece of data - leading me to believe that claims about "location" as the new platform, and apps like FourSquare as the new big thing - might be real. What Beth Kanter calls "Foot Traffic Philanthropy" - certainly
So - what kind of apps would (will) your foundation build? What kind of apps would (will) your foundation use? And, enjoy, the first new buzzword of the new decade, Buzzword 2010.1 - Apps.
Please keep the ideas coming - comments or twitter (@p2173). By the time you read this post I will have shared the ones above with the foundations already. I'll check back in here to let you know how they responded.