Fast Forward co-founder Kevin Barenblat

Meet the five Google.org-backed startups that are part tech startups, part non-profits

When New York City teacher Charles Best started DonorsChoose — a nonprofit that lets teachers crowdfund projects and supplies for their classrooms — in 2000, philanthropy was still done the old-fashioned way: Wealthy folks went to charity galas, local organizations held food drives in parking lots, and technology like websites, smartphones, and online payments had no presence.

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Y Combinator-backed Zidisha has been stomping down non-performing loans with some extra tech

Yesterday, a new crop of startups from Y Combinator’s (YC) accelerator presented to a full house in the hopes of investment, press, and general buzz, and among them will be some non-profit companies. After YC accepted its first non-profit, Watsi, in its Winter 2013 class, it’s been steadily growing the number of non-profits in its classes, and Zidisha had the chance to participated in the Winter 2014 class.