Online Portals and Exchanges

Vince Stehle

in New Frontiers of Philanthropy

Published in print July 2014 | ISBN: 9780199357543
Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199381425 | DOI:
Online Portals and Exchanges

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This chapter discusses the emergence of a new class of philanthropic services—online social-purpose portals and exchanges—which use the Internet to provide individuals and organizations with a way to engage in value transactions with a social or environmental purpose. Social-purpose portals allow donors and investors to identify precisely which causes reflect their interests most closely and to choose the charity that most appeals to them. They also permit nonprofit institutions and other institutional actors to harness the Internet to obtain goods and services efficiently and to promote their cause to the widest possible audience. These new services have enabled individuals and organizations to engage in transactions that would scarcely have been possible a generation ago, and they have delivered significant resources to charitable causes in a manner that is more highly targeted than was previously possible.

Keywords: Internet; online giving; online portal; information technology; philanthropic services; barter-type exchanges

Chapter.  7465 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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