Everyone's buzzing about the Case Foundation's America's Giving Challenge and the Causes Giving Challenge. Want to help out your favorite cause? Here's how:
How to Join America's Giving Challenge (December 13, 2007-January 31, 2008)
1. Go to the America's Giving Challenge page in Parade Magazine.
2. Click on "Get Started."
3. Choose a cause you care about in the U.S. or Abroad.
4. Click the button that says "U.S. Based Charity" or "Select a Global Cause."
5a. If you choose a U.S. Based Charity, you'll be asked to register to build a Network for Good digital charity badge. It's not hard, don't worry. You just have to fill in some blanks.
5b. If you choose a Global Cause, you can browse charities by topic, or region via Global Giving, and then select the charity that you would like to support. For example, there are 10 projects to choose from under the topic of "Technology." One cool sounding project in Brazil is, Technology Training for Women Radio Communicators. Once you choose a project, you will build a Global Giving Badge.
6. You can use your Network for Good or Global Giving charity badge via your email, blog, website, or social network to encourage your friends, family and colleagues to donate to your cause.
7. The eight individuals whose charity badges attract the most unique donors, through the America’s Giving Challenge, will get $50,000 for their cause.
8. The 100 nonprofits with the greatest number of unique donations made to them, through America’s Giving Challenge, will each get $1,000.
1. Sign up for a Facebook account, or sign in if you already have one.
2. Go to the Causes Giving Challenge page.
3. Create a Cause. It won't take long. The Pronet Advertising blog has a good explanation for how to set one up. As of this writing, the leading Cause in the Cause Giving Challenge today was created by Bryan Campen. His Cause is called, "End Extremism: Promote Pluralism." He has gotten 38 people to join his cause and 17 of them donated a total of $410. The donations will go to the 501(c)3 nonprofit he chose, Interfaith Youth Core. If by December 14, 2007 12:00PM PST, Bryan's Cause has the most unique donors, the Interfaith Youth Core will receive $1,000 from the Case Foundation.
Pretty cool, huh? For more information, go the Case Foundation's site.