Gaming Crowdsourced Philanthropy

December 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM

“Crowdsourcing” is the corporate philanthropy buzzword meaning letting the public vote on which operating nonprofits receive your giving dollars (not that it’s always so easy to tell). At the Huffington Post, George Weiner lists ways to game these votes. For example:

4. Outsourced Voting: For a nominal amount of money, an organization can purchase votes or emails through ‘Vote Brokers’. These groups will do your bidding in the same way they translate audio to text or do other simple outsource tasks for companies.

The author provides these tips, he says, to “get crowd sourced philanthropy competitions to wake up” to the malefactors’ tricks and level the playing field for all.

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