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Geekcorps – a non-profit start-up

Geekcorps – a non-profit start-up

Ethan Zuckerman is one of the growing number of high-tech multi-millionaires to turn to philanthropy. The former Tripod communities co-founder isn’t giving cash to non-profits: he has started his own. Geekcorps plans to send e-commerce and tech experts to developing nations.

Ethan Zuckerman is one of the growing number of high-tech multi-millionaires to turn to philanthropy. The former Tripod communities co-founder isn’t giving cash to non-profits: he has started his own. Geekcorps plans to send e-commerce and tech experts to developing nations.

Geekcorps is featured in this month’s Wired magazine. He is reported as describing Geekcorps as a “dot-org”. Apart from emphasising the non-profit status of his start-up, this is his shorthand for distinguishing his start-up from “the non-profit tradition of proposals, grants, and rigid multiyear project plans.” His term is meant to be more “guided by the fast-paced mind-set of the [Internet] industry.”

The 27-year-old’s motivation for Geekcorps came from the year he spent in Ghana as a Fulbright scholar.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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