Crowdsourced Philanthropy

Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Dogwood B, M1/Street Level

Organized by Lorenzo Lebrija, Miami program director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Can the “wisdom of crowds” help us make better grants? For years, corporations have used “crowdsourcing” to solve problems, develop new ideas, research trends and create content. Two years ago, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation asked “can we use crowdsourcing in our grant making?” This year, Knight Foundation developed an “arts contest” to find out what sorts of ideas could come from Miami. The result was 1,643 entries in six weeks: some good, some bad, some outstanding. In this session we’ll discuss the basics of crowdsourcing, what worked, what didn’t in the Knight Foundation contest, and how you can create your own crowdsourced philanthropy program.

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation