In the last six weeks of summer, there has been a lot of depressing news. The Malaysian Airline tragedy in the Ukraine, the Ebola virus outbreak, the conflict on the borders of Israel/Palestine, Iraq/ISIS, Ferguson, and the sad passing of Robin Williams. So maybe it is not too surprising that something that makes us feel good while doing good and is a little silly, like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, went wild on the social networks.
Most nonprofit organizations depend on the power of advocacy for their day-to-day survival. They don’t always call it “advocacy,” although fund-raising in the voluntary sector requires advocates on every corner. Pleading a cause directly remains a highly effective method of securing donations.
Marty Smith, an Internet marketer and startup entrepreneur, turned to the things he knew when he received a diagnosis of cancer: social media and crowdfunding to build a community and raise money for cancer research.