DonorsChoose.org is the first charity named to Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.
I dislike most non-profits because — good intentions aside — they get little or no results.
DonorsChoose, on the other hand, is incredibly effective. In this month’s Vanity Fair, Melinda Gates describes them as “Kickstarter for classrooms.” Here’s her short article, which includes a photo spread by Annie Leibovitz. I make a guest appearance, which was a dream come true.
Here’s why I’m on their advisory board: To me, poor education is the root cause of most of our problems. DonorsChoose (DC) is helping to fix education.
This post launches a competition. If you’ve ever benefited from anything I’ve written, I’d kindly ask you to participate.
The four winners will get flown to dinner with me, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and DonorsChoose’s founder, Charles Best. Roundtrip economy airfare to/from NYC is covered for all four winners.
Ready? Here are the details…
· TIMING: Monday, May 13 through June 3. This is a three-week campaign of goodness.
· PRIZES: The top two “fundraisers,” as well as two randomly chosen “donors,” will win dinner in NYC (or San Francisco) with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, DonorsChoose.org founder Charles Best, and me. Roundtrip economy airfare is covered.
· HOW TO WIN: There are two ways to win — roll the dice, or be master of your own fate.
Step 2: Cross your fingers! Once the campaign ends, DC.org will select and announce two random winner(s) who donated to my page.
Master your own fate — make dinner happen:
Step 1: Create your own “Giving Page,” by choosing the “4-Hour Chef” category from this page.
Step 2: Add a picture, description, and classroom projects to your page. Choose whichever projects you like. This will automatically add your Giving Page to my Leaderboard.
Step 3: If you like, add the 4-Hour Chef widget (on the “Create a Giving Page”) to your website, etc.
Step 4: Fundraise! Do your best to get the most donors and/or the most money into classrooms. There will be two “master of fate” winners: 1) most money raised, and 2) most donors on your page.
Please note: This competition is about being resourceful… and not about how many resources you personally have. So, don’t be intimidated.
I’ve run online fundraisers in the past, and the McGyvers win more often than the Donald Trumps. Be bold and get creative.
Hope to raise a glass of wine to you soon :)
Go get it!