Mission: Spot.Us is a nonprofit platform for “community powered reporting”. Through Spot.Us the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.

Approach: In the fall of 2008, the Technology Circle recognized as an innovative leader in leveraging technology for social change. Since then, Full Circle Fund Technology Circle Members worked with Spot.Us on several different projects to build capacity of the early start up. Some of these projects included assistance in hiring a community organizer, refining the revenue model and developing a scalable customer relationship management system.


  • Full Circle Fund Members funded four stories in the first three months of engagement with Spot.Us.

  • Full Circle Fund’s grant allowed Spot.Us to hire a community organizer.

  • “Full Circle Fund members are helping me shape this young nonprofit from the ground up. Their advice and support has been instrumental and I am confident that Spot.Us would not be where we are today without them. I can’t thank the organization enough.” -David Cohn

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