December 28, 2011

The Most-Viewed Social Philanthropy Stories of 2011

Two men dominated the most-viewed stories on The Chronicle's Social Philanthropy blog this year: Steve Jobs and Craig Newmark.

Mr. Jobs, the late Apple founder, was the focus of two of the most popular posts, both questioning his legacy on philanthropy. Mr. Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, was also mentioned twice in the five most-viewed posts—one about his new nonprofit-focused blog Craigconnects and another about a graphic he commissioned about large charities on social media.

The top five most-viewed posts on Social Philanthropy in 2011 were:

A Look at Large Charities on Social Media
Craig Newmark, the Internet entrepreneur, examined how charities use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Facebook Updates Could Give Nonprofits Better Visibility
The social network seeks ways to help people promote causes and ideas that are important, not just those that were posted most recently.

Is Apple Anti-Charity?
The head of Public Radio Exchange takes Apple to task for preventing nonprofit groups from soliciting donations on iPhones and iPads.

Steve Jobs and Philanthropy
While Steve Jobs was not outwardly philanthropic, his innovations touched the nonprofit world in profound ways.

Craigslist Founder Starts Site Featuring Nonprofits
The site is similar to a blog, highlighting handpicked nonprofits and a directory of other organizations.