Posts Tagged ‘America’s Giving Challenge’

 

Fundraising Their Way to the Top

Posted by alison on February 21st, 2008

With today’s official announcement of the America’s Giving Challenge champions, this large-scale experiment enters the annals of fundraising history – having inspired more than 48,000 people to give $1.2 million to their favorite causes and organizations, using social networking and Web 2.0 tools. But at the end, the Challenge was all about tenacity, networking, and good old-fashioned hard work.

Congrats to the GlobalGiving America’s Giving Challenge Champions, each of whom will receive $50,000 for their chosen cause in addition to the money they raised! Their tales of fundraising are amazing. See if you can match the description to the champion!


Michele Martin
, Philadelphia, PA (supported by Beth Kanter): Sharing Foundation/Route Out of Poverty for Cambodian Children (1,650 donations/$41,673 raised).

Erin Kelly, Fredericksburg, VA: Students Helping Honduras/Fuel Efficient stove for 300 Hondurans in need (1,639 donations/$28,796 raised).

Scott Beale
, Wilmington, DE: Atlas Service Corps/Invest in International Development Leaders (1,615 donations/$32,021 raised).

Suzanne Plopper, Chester, CA: Friends of Burkina Faso/Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso (1,598
donations/$41,879 raised).

(A) This University of Mary Washington student entered the competition with only 9 days to go, championing a project that is tackling the fourth-most lethal killer in the developing world…

(B) She mobilized an enormous network of returned Peace Corps volunteers, one of whom even crafted this ditty: Awa had a little lamb / His fleece was filled with fleas / But every year Awa went to school / He paid her fees…

(C) She tirelessly poked, prodded, tweeted, blogged and wiki-ed her cause to the top – not sleeping for the last two days of the Challenge and even inspiring a room service waiter in a hotel she was staying at to give… (read more about her giving exploits).

(D) With his wife, he hosted a feverish, impromptu phone-a-thon on January 30th, generating 400 donations for their cause and pushing them firmly into the winner’s circle.

(answers – A/Erin, C/Michele and Beth; B/Suzanne; D/Scott)

A Race to the Finish

Posted by Donna Callejon on January 30th, 2008

The covers of the New York Times and the Washington Post are about the race to the White House, but there’s something much more exciting going on right now in the world of philanthropy. Right now, several grassroots fundraisers are battling it out for the top fundraiser spot in America’s Giving Challenge on GlobalGiving. The top fundraisers will get $50,000 from the Case Foundation, which is sponsoring the Challenge.

On GlobalGiving, we have several fundraisers which are trying to get top position. In the last few days, there’s been a major shake up in fundraising efforts, with several long standing leaders dropping down as new fundraisers have mobilized their bases and gotten over 500 donations in the last week. I’m including links to the top six fundraisers who have gotten over 700 donations as of the time of this posting, but the Challenge doesn’t end until tomorrow, January 31, 2008, at 3 pm, so anything can change. Be sure to check out the leaderboard for the most update to date standings! Good luck to all of the fundraisers!


Non Formal Education for Tribal Children in India


Invest in International Development Leaders


Fuel Efficient stove for 300 Hondurans in need with SHH


Route Out of Poverty for Cambodian Children


Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso


Computers for children of women trafficked for sex

A Horse(race) of a Different Color

Posted by alison on January 11th, 2008

Election season is in full swing, with the passing of the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary, and Super Tuesday right around the corner.  The 24-hour news media has been in a frenzy, reporting on every word, every event, every tear and every new poll.

The Democratic results in New Hampshire surprised a lot of people when, despite every pollster and pundit’s predictions, Hillary Clinton edged out Barack Obama for the win.

But until January 31, we’ve got our eyes on a different horserace here: America’s Giving Challenge,  These contenders are competing for $50,000 in funding towards their favorite causes.  Participants start fundraisers for the cause of their choice, and on January 31, the 4 fundraisers with the most individual donors (not money raised!) will earn $50,000 from the Case Foundation towards their project.

The leader board is changing every day, so it is still anybody’s game.  If you have a fundraiser, go Get Out the Vote.  If you have a favorite cause, find a fundraiser for it and help it win $50,000.

Check out the latest results…

(Full disclosure: GlobalGiving is working with Parade Magazine and the Case Foudation as a partner in America’s Giving Challenge.)

Are you ready for a challenge?

Posted by bill brower on December 18th, 2007

America’s Giving Challenge is on!

Here is the video I made a couple of nights ago with my good friend Nathan on the steps of the Capitol. Share the video, and start a fundraiser.

Thanks to playasound.com for the killer soundtrack.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG02U1ZDHDw[/youtube]

Take the Challenge

Posted by alison on December 14th, 2007

Can the Internet revolutionize citizen-led philanthropy?

That’s the question The Case Foundation and Parade Magazine are hoping to address with the America’s Giving Challenge, the first large-scale initiative to use technology as a way of inspiring people to support causes they care about. Through the Challenge, which runs from now through January 31, 2008, Parade is encouraging individuals to champion causes they care about, raising donations online using Web 2.0 tools that make it easy to spread the word and give. And there are some other incentives (of the monetary sort) too: the eight “fundraisers” attracting the greatest number of donations for their causes will each get $50,000 for their chosen cause, and the 100 causes that receive the most donations will each get $1,000.

GlobalGiving is one of the two partners selected by Case and Parade to support the Challenge (Network for Good is the other, for US-based organizations) – so anyone who wants to support an international cause will have the opportunity to fundraise for or donate to a project on GlobalGiving – with the potential to get $50,000 for that project!

The Washington Post and New York Times have already written about the Challenge, which kicked off yesterday, and the really big bang will come this weekend, when Parade is featuring the Challenge in its magazine (look for Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey on the cover) – which is distributed in over 400 U.S. newspapers, and has a readership of more than 70 million!

So if you’ve got a favorite project, now’s your opportunity to help them get $50,000. Set up a fundraiser, create a charity badge, tell all your friends, leverage your social network, take the Challenge…become a part of the revolution!