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Fundraising Their Way to the Top

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 Horse(race) of a Different Color

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.)