Vote for VolunteerMatch at SXSW!

South by Southwest? That’s for bands and film makers, right?

Well, yes. But it’s also the nation’s premiere gathering of online media makers and interactive technologists. In fact, for more than 20,000 participants, the five days before the bands show up – also known as SXSW Interactive – are the real reason to be in Austin every March.

One of the exciting things about SXSW Interactive is the rich vein of social good sessions and programming that has come to life in recent years. Many of the nation’s top social good pundits, experts, practitioners and consultants are making SXSW the centerpiece of their annual conference route – making the event one of the more fertile grounds for discovering new ideas, making new friends, and creating enduring partnerships.

After organizing a successful panel earlier this year, VolunteerMatch is upping our involvement for 2012.  We’ve got some proposed sessions that could really use your votes, and there a few other sessions from our friends that we think are particularly helpful at the intersection of volunteering, nonprofit engagement, and corporate social responsibility.

Our proposals – Please vote and share!

This year alone, more than 150 sessions have been proposed in the Greater Good/Charity category – the most ever!  That means the current “community voting” phase is critical. Help vote our sessions into the final program, and make sure volunteering is part of the story at the 2012 SXSW Interactive!

  • Under the Social Good Hood – In this panel, audience members will get a peak under the hood at the business realities of a few of today’s highest impact online social enterprises, where innovation has as much to do with delivering value as it does with tools and tweets for social change. With VolunteerMatch’s Robert Rosenthal, Care2,, and
  • Change Makers: How Nonprofits Create Change Online — A  discussion about how three organizations have figured out how to ignite their communities and leverage their online platforms to create change through volunteerism, crowdsourced fundraising, and small-scale donations. With VolunteerMatch’s Robert Rosenthal, Jolkona, Blackbaud,  and
  • Rockin’ It Pro Bono Style – Pro bono may mean “for the public good,” but giving back the core skills and services of a company to help drive social change is also good for business. In fact, for companies that are involved in corporate giving, volunteering and talent development efforts, adding a pro bono service program can amplify all three. But what’s the right form for pro bono at your company? With VolunteerMatch’s Casey Brennan, Taproot Foundation, Discovery Communications, and imc2.

Other proposals that are worth checking out (and voting for!)

Boost Fundraising & Engagement w/ “Gamification”

Making Social Media Measurement Sexy

Create Brand-Aligned Social Change

Social Apps and Charitable Giving

Positively Inspired Change Campaigns

Keys, Boxes, Toys; Build a Cause-Passionate Army

It’s Not Slacktivism: Truth of Online Organizing

Building Change Movements in the 21st Century

What sessions are you excited about at SXSW 2012? Share ’em here and we’ll check them out!