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We interview leading experts working in the field of technology and marketing that are working on using tech for social impact. the podcast explores what tech is working to create impact, and how data is being used effectively within elite organizations. Past guests have included Google Analytics Chief Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, and digital experts from DoSomething.org, Kiva, The Environmental Defense Fund, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donor’s Choose and many others.

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We interview leading experts working in the field of technology and marketing that are working on using tech for social impact. the podcast explores what tech is working to create impact, and how data is being used effectively within elite organizations. Past guests have included Google Analytics Chief Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, and digital experts from DoSomething.org, Kiva, The Environmental Defense Fund, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donor’s Choose and many others.

    AI Transparency, Environmental Impact, and Ethical Tech Shifts (news)

    AI Transparency, Environmental Impact, and Ethical Tech Shifts (news)

    Nonprofit News Feed: AI Transparency, Environmental Impact, and Ethical Tech Shifts
    Hosted by George Weiner and Nick Azulay of Whole Whale
    Main Topics:

    Adobe's AI Controversy:
    Adobe faces backlash over changes to its terms of service, sparking fears that user data might be used to train its generative AI models without consent.
    Adobe clarified it does not train its AI models on customer content and committed to updating its terms by the end of June.
    The Department of Justice has filed a suit against Adobe for its opaque subscription models, adding to the company's woes.


    Transparency Issues with OpenAI-Backed Nonprofits:
    Nonprofits backed by OpenAI, like Open Research and UBI Charitable, have stopped disclosing financial statements and internal policies, breaking previous transparency pledges.
    George emphasizes the importance of transparency in research, especially in universal basic income (UBI) studies to maintain credibility and trust.


    Environmental Impact of AI:
    AI's significant compute power demands are leading to increased carbon emissions and higher operational costs.
    Google's new AI search feature, rolling out to a billion users, is estimated to use 30 times more energy than traditional search methods.
    The conversation touches on the broader implications of AI's energy consumption and the potential for more efficient models in the future.


    Ethical Concerns in Tech Infrastructure:
    The discussion extends to the physical infrastructure required for AI, including the ethical implications of mining precious metals.
    George notes the importance of monitoring the human rights impacts of resource extraction and the need for innovative solutions to mitigate these effects.

    Feel-Good Story:
    ProtonMail's Shift to Nonprofit Foundation:
    Proton, known for its secure email service, is transitioning to a nonprofit foundation model, prioritizing mission over profit.
    This move echoes Patagonia's shift and reinforces trust in nonprofit tech companies' commitment to user privacy and data security.

    Critical Insights:
    Transparency and ethical considerations in AI and tech are paramount to maintaining user trust and ensuring sustainable practices.
    The shift of tech companies to nonprofit models can offer a more trustworthy alternative, free from shareholder pressures.
    Call to Action:
    Stay informed about changes in terms of service from tech providers and advocate for transparency and ethical practices.
    Consider supporting and using tech services that prioritize privacy and nonprofit values.
    Closing Thought:
    The nonprofit sector continues to lead by example in prioritizing ethical practices and transparency, underscoring the importance of mission-driven work in tech and beyond.

    • 17 min
    Are These Organizations Really Nonprofits? (news)

    Are These Organizations Really Nonprofits? (news)

    Are These Organizations Still Nonprofits? A Deep Dive into Nonprofit Status and the Blurring Lines
    Overview
    This week on the Nonprofit Newsfeed, George Weiner, Chief Whaler of Whole Whale, and Nick Azulay, Senior Manager of Digital Strategy at Whole Whale, delve into the complex and evolving landscape of nonprofit status. They question whether certain large organizations still meet the true spirit of what it means to be a nonprofit.
    Key Topics and Highlights

    NCAA's Historic Settlement:
    The NCAA, a nonprofit with nearly $1 billion in revenue, recently settled to pay college athletes $2.7 billion. This raises questions about whether the organization still aligns with its original nonprofit mission of fostering amateur sports.


    PGA Tour and Saudi Investment:
    The PGA Tour, another nonprofit, announced a merger with the Saudi Public Investment Fund's LiveGolf. This billion-dollar deal casts doubt on whether taxpayer dollars should support such ventures.


    OpenAI's Nonprofit Status:
    OpenAI, which started as a nonprofit, now controls a highly profitable LLC valued at $80 billion. This shift has led to legal scrutiny and questions about whether it still adheres to its nonprofit mission.


    The Linux Foundation:
    With $177 million in revenue and high executive salaries, the Linux Foundation faces scrutiny about its contribution to the public good and whether it still qualifies as a nonprofit.

    Critical Insights and Quotes
    George Weiner: "When you cross that line toward profiting off the community you're trying to protect, it's time to review that."
    Nick Azoulay: "Should your tax dollars be subsidizing the Saudi investment into American golf influence? That's a hard pill to swallow."
    Calls to Action
    For Nonprofits: Reflect on whether your organization still aligns with its original mission and the broader public good.
    For Donors and Volunteers: Scrutinize the nonprofits you support to ensure they adhere to their stated missions and use funds responsibly.
    Closing Thought
    The conversation highlights the need for a national discussion about what truly constitutes a nonprofit. As organizations grow and evolve, it's crucial to revisit their missions and ensure they continue to serve the public good.
    Additional Stories
    Universal Analytics Data Deletion: A reminder for organizations to download their data from Universal Analytics before it is permanently deleted.
    Robin Hood AI Poverty Challenge: An exciting opportunity offering up to $1 million for innovative projects addressing poverty in New York City.
    National Foundation for Transplant Closure: The closure of this organization leaves many organ transplant patients without critical funds.
    Feel-Good Story: The Growhaus nonprofit in Denver is planting vegetable gardens in food deserts, providing fresh produce and empowering families.

    • 18 min
    AI in the Nonprofit Sector: Revolutionizing Social Change (news)

    AI in the Nonprofit Sector: Revolutionizing Social Change (news)

    Hosts: George Weiner (Chief Whaler, Whole Whale), Nick Azualy (Senior Manager Strategy, Whole Whale)
    This week's episode of the Nonprofit Newsfeed dives deep into the growing influence of AI in the nonprofit sector. George Weiner and Nick discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities, highlighting key stories and developments.
    Main Topics

    AI in Nonprofits:
    Featured Article: Chronicle of Philanthropy’s June cover story on AI nonprofits.
    Key Organizations:
    Quill.org: Uses AI to provide interactive exercises and personalized feedback in classrooms.
    Khan Academy: Partnered with OpenAI to create generative AI tools for personalized student learning.
    Justice Lab: Developed AI-powered chatbots and translation tools to assist immigrants with legal processes.
    FairBio: Uses AI for antibiotic research.
    The Contingent: Employs AI in foster parent recruitment.



    Ethical Considerations and Risks:
    The importance of ethical AI deployment to avoid potential harms, such as the misuse of deepfakes by students.
    The balance between leveraging AI for educational benefits and addressing the digital divide.


    OpenAI’s Nonprofit Pricing Tier:
    OpenAI introduces a new pricing tier for nonprofits at $20 per seat per month.
    Encouragement for nonprofits to adopt paid, trusted AI tools to avoid data leaks and ensure security.


    Google Search Overview Controversy:
    Google’s new AI feature generates bizarre and inaccurate responses, raising concerns about the safety and reliability of AI in search.
    The discussion on the implications of these errors and Google's response to public backlash.

    Critical Insights
    AI in Education: AI can revolutionize education by providing personalized learning experiences, but it must be implemented ethically to avoid widening the educational gap.
    Nonprofit AI Adoption: Nonprofits are encouraged to adopt AI tools cautiously, ensuring data security and ethical use.
    Google’s AI Challenges: The rollout of Google’s AI search feature highlights the need for careful oversight and accurate information dissemination in AI applications.
    Quotes
    George Weiner: "AI allows students to learn at their own pace in a way I don't really think has ever quite been possible like now."
    Nick: "With any new technology, there's tremendous upside, but there are also tremendous risks."
    Calls to Action
    Nonprofits interested in AI tools should explore OpenAI’s nonprofit pricing tier and consider the ethical implications of AI use.
    Listeners are encouraged to stay informed about AI developments and advocate for responsible AI implementation in their organizations.
    Closing Thought
    The episode underscores the transformative potential of AI in the nonprofit sector, while also emphasizing the need for ethical considerations and responsible implementation. As AI continues to evolve, nonprofit professionals must navigate these changes thoughtfully to maximize positive social impact.

    • 15 min
    Roundup for charity on the rise & Slack AI Policy Fail (news)

    Roundup for charity on the rise & Slack AI Policy Fail (news)

    Would you like to round-up for charity?
     
    Point-of-sale donations, especially "round-up" campaigns, have seen a significant surge in recent years, raising millions of dollars for various charitable causes. In 2022, these campaigns brought in $749 million, a 24% increase from 2020. A recent survey conducted by Binghamton University faculty revealed that 53% of Americans give impulsively to charities at the checkout, with certain demographics being more likely to donate. Women, Black respondents, and middle-class individuals under 50 who have not attended college were found to be the top-giving demographics, contrasting with traditional donors who are usually older, higher-earning college graduates.
     
    The success of round-up donations can be attributed to several factors, including the perceived lower "pain" of donating spare change, the human preference for round numbers, and the subtle guilt induced by declining a low-cost request. Taco Bell Foundation, for example, doubled its annual fundraising by switching from asking for $1 donations to a round-up strategy. Similarly, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raised $138 million in 2022 through point-of-sale campaigns, accounting for a third of its total fundraising.
     
    However, the ubiquity of these requests may lead to donor fatigue, and some consumers express concerns about the transparency of where their donations are going. Despite these potential drawbacks, the success of round-up campaigns is undeniable, and they have become a significant source of funding for many nonprofits, raising the profile of local organizations doing fantastic work in customers' own communities.
     



    Melinda French Gates says she's donating $1B to women's rights | NBC News
     
    Melinda French Gates is committing $1 billion over the next two years to support women's rights, including reproductive rights, through her organization Pivotal Ventures. This decision comes amid growing political violence against women and maternal health issues, with Gates highlighting that only a small fraction of charitable giving supports women-focused organizations. Her initiative aims to improve mental and physical health for women and girls and includes a $250 million grant for grassroots groups. How might this significant funding shift the landscape for women's rights globally?
     






     
    Slack users horrified to discover messages used for AI training | Ars Technica
    Slack users were shocked to find out their messages were being used to train AI models, sparking a backlash that has the company scrambling to clarify its policies. Despite reassurances from Slack engineers that customer data isn't used for training large language models, the existing policy's ambiguity has left users uneasy. Salesforce, Slack’s parent company, promised to update privacy principles to better explain data usage, but the lack of an easy opt-out mechanism adds to users' frustrations.
     
    Current Policy: Privacy principles: search, learning and artificial intelligence | Legal | Slack
    Updated AI statement:  How Slack protects your data when using machine learning and AI
    How to opt-outContact slack to opt out. If you want to exclude your Customer Data from Slack global models, you can opt out. To opt out, please have your org, workspace owners or primary owner contact our Customer Experience team at feedback@slack.com with your workspace/org URL and the subject line ‘Slack global model opt-out request’. We will process your request and respond once the opt-out has been completed.

    • 21 min
    Seth Godin on Unlocking Positive Auctions for Fundraising with GoodBids.org

    Seth Godin on Unlocking Positive Auctions for Fundraising with GoodBids.org

    This episode is also available as  video on our channel  youtube.com/wholewhale 
    In this episode of the Whole Whale Podcast, host George Weiner sits down with Seth Godin, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and founder of GoodBids.org, to discuss how nonprofits can innovate their fundraising strategies and engage donors more effectively.
    Seth introduces the concept of positive auctions, a new approach to fundraising where every bid is a non-refundable donation, creating a gap between the winning bid and the total amount raised for the charity. GoodBids.org, Seth's latest venture, is a platform that facilitates these positive auctions, incorporating game dynamics to encourage participation and virality.
    Throughout the conversation, Seth emphasizes the importance of empathy in marketing and the need for nonprofits to offer donors a sense of belonging and satisfaction. He suggests that nonprofits should focus on creating tension and providing unique, desirable auction items that generate excitement and conversation to attract new audiences.
    Seth also shares his insights on collaborating with influencers and involving them in the brainstorming process to create more successful fundraising campaigns. He stresses the significance of nonprofits stepping out of their comfort zones and taking risks to solve interesting problems and make a lasting impact.
    The episode concludes with a discussion on the impact of AI on various industries and the importance of embracing it as a teammate rather than a competitor. Seth encourages nonprofits to use AI tools to enhance their work and stay ahead of the curve.
    This thought-provoking episode is a must-listen for anyone in the nonprofit sector looking to revolutionize their fundraising strategies and make a genuine difference in their communities.
    Key points:

    Nonprofits face challenges in engaging donors and raising funds, often resorting to ineffective methods like galas or traditional charity auctions.
    GoodBids introduces the concept of positive auctions, where every bid is a non-refundable donation, creating a gap between the winning bid and the total amount raised for the charity.
    The platform incorporates game dynamics, such as free bids for early bidders and referrals, to encourage participation and virality.
    Seth emphasizes the importance of empathy in marketing and the need for nonprofits to offer donors a sense of belonging and satisfaction.
    To attract new audiences, nonprofits should focus on creating tension and providing unique, desirable auction items that generate excitement and conversation.
    Collaborating with influencers and involving them in the brainstorming process can lead to more successful fundraising campaigns.
    Seth discusses the impact of AI on various industries and the importance of embracing it as a teammate rather than a competitor.

     
     

    • 45 min
    Exploring AI in Nonprofits: Insights from Seth Godin & Latest Tech Updates (news)

    Exploring AI in Nonprofits: Insights from Seth Godin & Latest Tech Updates (news)

    📌 This week on the Nonprofit News Feed: Join George Weiner, Chief Whaler at Whole Whale, and Nick Azulay, Digital Strategist, as they dive into the latest developments affecting the nonprofit sector.
    🔹 Special Guest: Get insights from Seth Godin on raising over $70,000 through positive auctions with GoodBids.org. 🔹 AI Advancements: Discover the implications of OpenAI's GPT-4.0 and Google's new AI-driven search overviews for nonprofits. 🔹 Fundraising & Tech: Learn about Whole Whale's latest rollout of GPT-4.0 for Omni and Gemini image generation with DALL-E 3. 🔹 Google Ad Grant Cohort: Hear about the clever foundation that secured 10 seats for their grantees and the upcoming hands-on learning session. 🔹 Policy Alert: Understand the potential impacts of House Republicans attempting to cut funding for LGBTQ nonprofits. 🔹 Fraud Prevention: Minnesota Attorney General shuts down 17 sham nonprofits defrauding the federal child nutrition program. 🔹 Feel-Good Story: Celebrate the success of Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build in Charlotte, NC, providing a home for veterans George and Karen.
    Transcript:
    This week on the nonprofit news feed. Well, my name is George Weiner. I'm the chief whaler of Whole Whale. And we have Nick Azulay, the digital strategist at Whole Whale. We're excited. You know, we bring you nonprofit news, of course, but we also want to start talking a little bit about what's going on at Whole Whale.
    I'm excited because this week we are also dropping our interview with Seth Godin and His work with good bids. org and how they just in their pilot raised over 70, 000 with positive auctions, all of that to come on this feed on our YouTube channel. Also had a busy week last week because we rolled out GPT 4 0 0 for Omni across all cause writer customers.
    And also rolled out the Gemini image generation alongside DALI three. So we're always pushing the newest and best models to give access to the folks in our cause writer AI. Also, it was pretty funny. There was somebody who reached out for our Google ad grant cohort, a very clever foundation that bought up 10 seats of the ad grant cohort for their grantees and, you know, snapped up all of the early birds.
    Very, very smart play by them for our Google ad grant cohort hands on learning coming in July. We have seven seats available as of this recording and you know, they are certainly valuable and going quick and hopefully we can help everyone interested in joining that hands on Google ad grant cohort.
    All right, Nick. About Whole Whale, what about the news? George, this is a big one. And I think that, you know, we're not on just a, any tech podcast, right? We care about nonprofits and tech and digital, but I think last week's announcement, announcements are too important not to talk about because they will have major implications for nonprofits.
    So last week, both. Open AI and Google and then later Microsoft made various announcements about AI offerings. So open AI released its new GPT 4. 0 model. That was the big announcement from them. The big announcement from Google, at least from our perspective is the rollout of search overviews.
    You heard us mentioning just last week on the podcast that SGE was coming, search generated experience. Lo and behold, 48 hours later, it was here. So users across the continent of the United States are now seeing AI generated results on their search engine result pages, or SERPs, for a multitude of searches.
    We write, as we talk about now we don't yet know whether this is reflected in Google search console. We don't know really what the implications will be or have dedicated data to prove how this is impacting search at large. But of course there are pretty major implications, NGOs that rely on organic traffic to drive their mission.
    So those are the two big announcements. George, there's so much to unpack here, and I think we should I think listeners would really enjoy hearing our thoughts about OpenA

    • 21 min

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