Technology is Best Used in the Service of Supporting a Vision, Not Defining it
By Sarah Ford on July 7, 2014
Ryan Scott's first love was technology. "I was a pimly nerd building mainframes and technology was my one true soulmate," states Scott in his blog post, "Technology Won't Save The World." After selling his first start-up, NetCreations, Scott set out to be a philanthropist. Realizing that corporations, with their armies of employees, are in the best position to help charities, Ryan Scott ended up creating Causecast (his solution for employee giving and volunteering). However, as much as Scott loves all things digital, he understands the limits of technology, noting in his blog post, "It has its uses; tremendously so. But technology is best used in the service of supporting a vision, not defining it."
When it comes to using technology to raise money through the workplace, Scott cites America's Charities CEO, Steve Delfin, who points out, "Can technology help enable awareness building, create better understanding, and facilitate support? Absolutely. But using technology with a passive approach to workplace giving, passive meaning no actual campaign or pulse points throughout the year, will not generate the same or greater amounts of donations. The opposite will happen.”