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Peter Deitz is a blogger, microphilanthropy consultant, and the founder of Social Actions, a social enterprise that curates open source and collaborative projects. He has presented at several venues, including the Nonprofit Technology Conference, the NetSquared Conference, Connecting Up Australia, Semantic Technology Conference, and My Charity Connects. Peter holds a BA in History from McGill University and an MA in History from the University of Toronto. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Go Get Funding commented on the blog post 'How to Use the Internet for Group Fundraising'
"Hi Peter, great round up and explanation on the different options available.As you touched on, there are sometimes special cases where a fundraising platform can reduce fees. For example, we'd be more than happy to discuss options with…"
Jun 18, 2012
Go Get Funding commented on the blog post 'How Will Your Nonprofit Raise Money in 2012?'
"On a similar note to Neil, I do think that social media can be a great tool but primarily for deepening a relationship as opposed to creating one from scratch. A relationship between fundraiser and donor needs to be built on solid foundations and…"
Feb 7, 2012
Go Get Funding commented on the blog post 'Top Five Ways to Raise Money for an Independent Project'
"Hey Peter, following our email exchange, thanks for inviting me to share our new site...   If you're looking for a fundraising website that incorporates great social features, check out Go Get Funding. You can use Go Get Funding for…"
Feb 7, 2012 commented on the blog post 'Ten Ways to Make a Difference on Social Actions'
"I am glad and wish that you continue with the same spirit, there is grate need in developed countries mind is same, and wish you visit Cameroon to bear witness.There is grate need for a volunteers to work with us, the PATHERE-CBCIG an organization…"
Apr 4, 2011

Peter Deitz's Blog

Congratulations GuideStar, You Have Unlocked the “Taking Social Actions to the Next Level” Badge

Today, I have the privilege of announcing to the Social Actions community that the pioneering open source project we have been working on for the last 3.5 years has found itself a well-resourced and mission-aligned home.

Early this morning,…


Posted on March 17, 2011 at 7:00am

Request for Proposals - Enhancements to the Social Actions API (Deadline: 9/1/2010 at 5pm ET)

Hi My Social Actions community,

I just shared an important update on the Social Actions Developers Google group. Below is a copy. We'd appreciate your help in identifying a qualified dev firm to implement the changes described in the RFP.



Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:30pm

Taking Social Actions to the Next Level

Two years ago, the nonprofit technology sector came together to support an open-source project called A Mashup of 29+ Social Action Platforms – Social Actions (see video below). Through the support of the NetSquared community and related grants and prizes, my team and I were able to attract sufficient funding to give life to a vision I had been promoting for close to a year.

That… Continue

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Social Actions Adds Five Action Sources: Citizen Effect, EurekaFund, IdeaEncore, SaveTogether, and Spot.Us

Today, we're excited to announce five action sources have joined the Social Actions API, an open database of opportunities to make a difference. For a full list and profiles of the latest innovators contributing to Social Actions, please see Our Guide to 60+ Action Sources.

Welcome to the new partners!

New Action Sources…


Posted on April 2, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

How Microphilanthropy is Changing Giving

Today, I had the honour of presenting at Social Venture Partner Toronto's panel discussion on, "How Microphilanthropy Is Changing Giving."

Below are my 'slides' from the presentation...…


Posted on March 9, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Comment Wall (35 comments)

At 6:28pm on April 13, 2008, vineet gupta said…
Good to be here Peter. I am totally looking forward to a daylife-socialactions mashup...

bring the good to the world! Delete Comment
At 2:27pm on April 14, 2008, vineet gupta said…
Peter, have you talked to folks at for any kind of partnership?
At 11:26pm on April 17, 2008, Colleen Marlow said…
Hallo, Peter! Thanks, and I'm afraid that I have been very inactive with our group here, but I hang on thinking I'll catch up at any minute!

Art Head is up and down due to the chaotic nature of my personal life in the last nine months. But current status is: all software (drupal, CiviCRM, CiviContribute) is being updated and the site should be operational by the end of June. I have a board meeting this Saturday to start talking strategy! Oh, and it will be launched in the Bay Area - not the Twin Cities.

At 7:01pm on April 29, 2008, Digidave said…
Peter. Thanks for the shoutout. won't bring up anything for another 2-3 weeks - but then I hope it becomes a micro-funding site for investigative journalism. Looking for as much advice as possible - hence.... I'm here.
At 9:42am on April 30, 2008, Rosemary Cairns said…
Thanks, Peter. I have just recently begun to see the links between the areas I am most interested in - what you might call "micro-governance" or thickening democracy, as part of peacebuilding and reconstruction in international development - and the technology of "micro-philanthropy". I like to think of Hopebuilding as creating a sort of "marketplace" of good ideas (in the sense Harrison Owen uses marketplace in Open Space) and a community of people who can connect with one another through the stories told in Hopebuilding.

Here is one interesting snippet from a new report, in case you haven't seen it:

“If one characteristic jumps out from our sample of social intrapreneurs, it is that —while they see part of their role as warning their colleagues about impending challenges and clearing impediments to the progress of the business — their ambition is to change the landscape of thought and practice, both internally and (eventually) externally. “Social intrapreneurs create the prophecies that allow companies to make new business offerings. At the same time, they are re-envisioning the terms in which corporations engage society,” as Luis Sota put it.” From The Social Intrapraneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers, published by SustainAbility in partnership with Allianz, IDEO, and the Skoll Foundation.

The press release announcing the publication is at
At 10:39pm on May 2, 2008, Rob Anderson said…
Hi Peter,

A real pleasure to be in contact. LOVE your site. I was fortunate enough to meet Melissa from bringlight when I was in San Fran last month, thanks to you. I also caught up with Kiva whilst in town.

I am a huge fan of social entrepreneurship, microfinance, microphilanthropy and web enablement. A firm believer of the possibilities for change through word-of-mouth. I'm optimistic that we may yet reach the UN Millenium development goals if over the next few years we can bring together skilled passionate people. I sense you'll be a key part of this action as an evangelist. Kudos for taking action.

http:/// is still under construction
At 9:49am on May 3, 2008, Charles Clark said…
Thanks for the opportunity to comment about healthcare in our country--healthcare that is the most expensive with the poorest outcome in the world and that leaves millions without adequate and affordable care. Brieflly, the problem is a lack of regulation of utilization of services. There is a financial incentive for all health care providers to provide more and more service whether or not that service is medically necessary.

Billions of dollars can be saved by denying reimbursement for medically unnecessary procedures and diagnostics, and for medically unnecessary ancillary services. A start would be to deny reimbursement for self-referrals by physicians to entities in which they have a financial interest: laboratories, imaging centers, hospitals, day-surgery units, home nursing companies.

Repairing or curing the deficiencies requires bold measures that I am not sure will occur unless the public demands some action and unless the lobbyists for the AMA and the health insurance industry are neutralized.

One last comment that I am sure will stir contraversial comments: I am a firm believer that universal health care is a right of every resident in the country. It is feasible if the healthcare dollars are allocated appropriately.
At 7:22am on May 12, 2008, diana said…
Thank you, Peter! I have really enjoyed your blogs from the Philanthropy Conference in DC. Thank you for sharing from the discussions and panels. It's exciting to see how technology is empowering more people to take action and build personal networks across the globe.
At 10:50pm on May 18, 2008, Digidave said… is public now!!!

We won a knight news challenge grant:

I am a little in over my head (in a good way) - but when I come up for air I want to write that blog post about what it is. In the meantime - you can check out to learn more.

At 11:25pm on June 4, 2008, Corey Pudhorodsky said…
Hi Peter,
I've been meaning to drop you a note to congratulate you on winning 3rd place at Net2. Sorry I couldn't make it. Looking forward to hearing more news soon!

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