Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving | Smart News | Smithsonian

Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving | Smart News | Smithsonian.

smithsonian.com 
July 7, 2015

It’s a concept that was recently tested on the streets of London. According to Amnesty International, a recent test run of street fundraisers using Google Goggles and a tour of “virtual reality Aleppo” in Syria prompted a 16 percent increase in charitable giving.

Meanwhile, nonprofits are experimenting with a different kind of virtual reality: a “nonprofit archipelago” in Second Life. The four simulated locations in the popular 3D virtual world offer opportunities for nonprofits to train, educate, and reach out to avatars — and the real-life players who control them.

 

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