It is hard to underestimate the extent to which technology could improve philanthropy. Managing donations electronically and transparently is just the start. By increasing access and lowering barriers to entry and innovation, technology is enabling the democratization of philanthropy.
To understand the ways in which technology can change philanthropy and the barriers to that happening, the author has created a framework that looks at technology’s impact in four broad areas, what she calls “gateways”: greater access to information, greater access to net-works, lower barriers to entry, and lower barriers to innovation. Crowdsourcing is playing a main role in this process.