Philanthro Debuts Connect 2011 Nonprofit Summit with CallFire

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On July 15, Philanthro put on its inaugural Connect summit, bringing together entrepreneurs from the worlds of technology and non-profit. CallFire was excited to both be a part of the summit, and its main sponsor.

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Just like the Connect summit, CallFire is right at the intersection of the non-profit world and technology. It was an exciting opportunity to showcase how CallFire has helped causes and non-profit campaigns...

Representatives from over 50 non-profit organizations came together for Philanthro’s inaugural Connect summit on July 15 to learn more about the worlds of emerging technology, social media, and cause-based platforms in an effort to enhance fund raising, spread awareness, and mobilize additional resources. The experience included booths featuring live demonstrations using flat panel displays, promotional offers, and free giveaways from twelve different companies. In addition to the interactive demonstrations, guests enjoyed an open bar and cuisine provided by local restaurants.

“Connect2011 represents everything that the new Philanthro stands for – social interaction combined with legitimate, meaningful, and useful education that inspires giving,” said Matt Lew, Philanthro’s National CEO. “It was great to see fifty-plus non-profits show up, but I think it was even more inspiring to see all these young professionals with no ties to the philanthropic community engaging with these companies and finding out ways that they can help promote their favorite causes.”

Connect2011 was sponsored by CallFire -- a Santa Monica-based VoIP platform that powers voice broadcasts, call centers, call tracking, and text messaging campaigns. CallFire currently has over 40,000 customers, including many non-profit organizations, which can use the platform for text-to-give campaigns, voice broadcasts for awareness, and automated telephone surveys. According to CallFire’s Co-Founder and CEO, Dinesh Ravishanker, Philanthro’s Connect event was a great fit for the company because “just like the Connect summit, CallFire is right at the intersection of the non-profit world and technology. It was an exciting opportunity to showcase how CallFire has helped causes and non-profit campaigns through phone banking, voice broadcasts, and text messaging.”

Other companies that came to demo their products had a similar takeaway from the experience. "Philanthro’s Connect2011 event gave our cause-based tech company a chance to interact with a receptive crowd of philanthropists,” said Reena De Asis from Causecast -- which offers a platform to integrate non-profits with business enterprises. “The opportunity for Causecast to engage with a nonprofit audience and discuss how our tools/technology can make an impact was mutually beneficial. We will be there again next year.”

Guests left with free giveaways and new ideas about how they can utilize the Web 2.0 generation, which has completely re-defined how non-profits can take their causes to market.

About Philanthro:
Philanthro is a national, all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit that inspires giving in young professionals through a platform of social events, service activities, and leadership opportunities. Founded in Los Angeles in 2007, Philanthro now has operations in New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Additionally, Philanthro operates VivaLaArt!, which promotes giving and the spirit of humanity through the work of local, up-and-coming artists. To date, Philanthro’s volunteers have donated thousands of hours to creating meaningful philanthropic experiences, and in the process, the organization has contributed over $260,000 to dozens of non-profit organizations.

About CallFire:
CallFire provides a reliable, enterprise-grade VoIP platform that powers voice broadcasts, call centers, call tracking, and text messaging campaigns. Since 2004, CallFire has served over 40,000 customers including political groups, non-profits, insurance agents, small business owners, and marketers. Headquarted in Santa Monica, CA, CallFire is dedicated to providing high-availability systems, intuitive user interfaces, furious developer support, and unparalleled customer care in order to transform how companies do business.

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