Today the Case Foundation (like in Steve Case, Founder of AOL) announced America’s Giving Challenge. Oh guess what - they use Guidestar to determine qualified charities (See previous posts on this subject). The Challenge will distribute $500,000 in two online efforts - one at Parade.com and one on Facebook causes. The challenge starts today and ends on January 31, 2008. People who recruit the most donors will receive $50,000 for their charity. The 100 charities that garner the highest number of online donations will each get $1,000. This really is an innovative project to attract more donors to online giving and promote philanthropy among new givers.
Network for Good provides charity badges and processes donations as will GlobalGiving. You can sponsor a cause simply by developing a charity badge at Network for Good.
Facebook causes....Charlie Crystle posted a reply to my post on social networking recommending Facebook. It was just a matter of time until a great possiblity for Facebook causes like this one came along. Those of you who set up a cause should jump in right now and promote America's Giving Challenge among your cause members. Facebook users can donate and have their donations and causes displayed as part of their personal profiles. My son has set up a Facebook cause for my favorite charity and I am asking him to contact his friends for this challenge.
I have registered my favorite charity, Community Agencies Corporation of NJ, whose board I am on for America's Giving Challenge. You can find my charity badge - which is the way your contribution is registered - by giving through the badge - in the column at the right. You can find out more about CAC at:
Community Agencies Corporation of NJ
Please join me supporting CAC and having us become one of the 100 agencies receiving a grant from $1000 to $50,000. $50,000 - Wow! We would put that to good use! Another great idea.....visit Parade.com and make your charity badge for your favorite charity right now! Don't forget to reply to this post and let us know all about your favorite charity.
Marion Conway Consulting