Thursday, December 13, 2007

How to Raise Money for Your Favorite Cause with America's Giving Challenge and the Causes Giving Challenge

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 b
rowse 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.

How to Join the Causes Giving Challenge (December 13-February 1, 2008)

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.

4. Every 24 hours, $1,000 will be given to the cause with the most unique donors.

Pretty cool, huh? For more information, go the Case Foundation's site.


  1. Hey Britt - we are fans of your blog.
    Thanks for the shout-out about the Giving Challenge!!
    Donna @

  2. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Hi Britt - wanted to share this fun video with you. It's a short, catchy explanation for the Challenge. Could help with the promo...

    Thanks again!
    Donna @ GlobalGiving

  3. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Hi Britt,
    This is a cool idea. I've actually used the Causes application that you talked about, and it works really well. I've also been introduced to a new way of giving to nonprofits through Have you seen or used this? What are your thoughts?


  4. Hi Micha,

    I have seen, but haven't used it or talked to anyone who has used it. Have you used it? If so, what did you think of it?


  5. Anonymous9:17 AM

    No I haven't used it, but I was considering using it to donate to my high school, instead of giving the straight donation I try to contribute every year. It seems neat that you can give money and get some back too. I'll let you know if I do and how it works out.

    Also, do you have any recommendations for a good fiction book to start reading? I'd like to try to read more this year... new year's resolution :)


  6. Micha - I have a lot of trouble finding fiction books I like. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert was probably my favorite last year. I also liked A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez a lot too.

    If you like mysteries, Donna Leon's books are my favorite. They all feature Commissario Brunetti and take place in Venice.

  7. My class and I are enrolled in a program called Institute Explore which is through Adult Education. We are enrolled in this class to receive our high school diploma and to better our futures. To us, education is one of the most important aspects of our lives. Our class and I are organizing fundraisers to raise money to go to Ireland in the summer. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for us which wouldn’t be possible to achieve without being in the program. While we are over in Ireland we will be volunteering in a national park. This will be a wonderful learning experience that most people can only dream about doing. Instead of reading about another country we can actually go over there and experience it for ourselves! Please help make our dreams come true. Donations of any size are very much appreciated. Any donation you make is helping our education and showing us that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. If you make a donation we will personally write you a thank you letter and we will put an ad in our local newspaper personally thanking you for your generous donation. Any donations should be sent to MSAD#5 Adult Education, 400 Broadway, Rockland Maine 04841. Please include my name in your correspondence. Thank you very much for your time.


    Amy Hart


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