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Vote for Browncoats: Redemption on the Mashable Awards

During Gnomedexthis year, we heard from Mike Dougherty and Steve Fisher about their awesome project… the Browncoats: Redemption movie. This fan film was created with nearly no budget at all and all of the proceeds are donated equally between five very noble charities: Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Dyslexia Foundation, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Each DVD of this excellent fan film costs only fifteen dollars. Everyone at Gnomedex fell in love with the guys and their project, and much Tweeting (and Facebooking!) has continued to happen to help support this cause.

Mike, Steve and the entire crew are excited to have been named as a finalist in the Mashable Awards for this year in the category of “Most Creative Social Good Campaign.” Voting ends eight days from the date of this blog post, and your help is needed to get them to the top. Voting is simple: you need only log in using your Twitter or Facebook account. Choose which categories you would like to vote in and then decide if you wish to share your vote with the world on the social media site you used to log in. That’s all there is to it.

Why should you take the time to help the guys out? Why shouldn’t you? I cannot think of anything more creative than this. Not only is it cool… it’s successful. To date, they have raised just over $9,000 ($1,825 to each of the five charities) – and that was just from the online orders of the pre-orders.

Mike himself says that “We’re on our way to make some history.” I believe this is true. When is the last time you can recall seeing a movie created start to finish simply to raise money for charity… and to have fun? Take a moment and vote, won’t you?

Jumo Social Network for Social Good

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has launched his eagerly anticipated social network, Jumo. Using the service, you can easily connect with your favorite social causes in one online space. Jumo was designed to let users find, follow and support the causes important to them, and with 3,500 organizations on board at launch, would-be philanthropists should be able to find and follow something of interest upon joining.

Once you sign up using your Facebook Connect ID, you can easily find friends on Jumo. You will then begin shaping your experience by deciding what you’re interested in by selecting the Issues that matter to you. “This is to get a sense of who someone is, what they’re passionate about, what’s meaningful to them,” Hughes says. “It’s the first way to figure out what a person might want to see more of.” Each Issue has a Page you can follow, which will help you discover more organizations over time.

“We’re an open platform where anyone can create a profile or an organization page. You have to be vetted by the IRS to be able to receive any money from anyone on the Jumo platform [via a donation button], but anyone can create a page,” Hughes says. By joining Jumo, a Project can pull all its social streams into one place — Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, blogs, etc. That way, followers can check out a wealth of information on a single organization all in one framework.

Hughes and his team definitely seemed to have figured out exactly what is needed with Jumo. It’s less about focusing about people and more about focusing on organizations that people want to help. Have you figured out which Issues you support yet?