Facebook Causes might be the largest charity connection found on the internet today. Its spans all kinds of interests, levels, sizes that you can think of. Everything from the well-known and long-funded, to the hip and newly discovered.
Causes was put together by Facebook Co-Founder Sean Parker and political activist Joe Green. Both young men wanted Facebook to evolve to the "next level" so to speak. Once on Facebook your social circle becomes established, but what do you do after you're connected? Facebook Causes suggests that the next logical step is social activism within that circle.
The About page of Facebook refers to "our generation" meaning Gen Y, saying this is our way to help the world and be empowered as an individual. Perhaps it is less of a generation thing and more of a time in history thing. This is how we can express ourselves right now. We can show support, donate, discuss whatever it is that we care about most in a very public way. Twenty years ago this was not the case, we didn't have the ability to instantly notify everyone we know that we're now supporting the Walk Against Alzheimer's, could you chip in some change?
The downside to Facebook Causes, much like any application on Facebook is the tendency for spam. You've seen it if you've been on Facebook for any meaningful amount of time. You've always got the person who sends an invite to all their friends everytime they join a new charity cause that sounds nice (and they join them often). They never donate or make any time/effort contributions but they certainly will join and invite you too.
Fortunately there are people who do give money through Facebook. Facebook Causes has raised over $10,000,000 since they started in 2007.
Do you support Facebook causes? Which ones?