We're big fans of the people at GlobalGiving. We love the work they're doing and the results its producing for those in need around the world. So we’ve invited GlobalGiving's own John Heckinger to be a guest blogger. Welcome, John!
Hi, everyone. I wanted to drop in and let everyone here know about our special GlobalGiving Olympics, an event that’s bringing people together to lend a hand to some people who could use the help.
Between October 9, 2006 and October 31, 2006, all projects on GlobalGiving are competing for $75,000 in prizes. In the places where we spend our funds, this is a large and powerful sum.
It could create access to clean water for 250,000 rural villagers in India, where poor water quality is the leading cause of death for children under 5. Or it could save 10,000 people from treatable illnesses at health clinics across Sub-Saharan Africa, where 25,000 die each day from such diseases. Or it could lift 250 families out of poverty in Kenya, where 13 million people live on less than $1/day.
The big question is who gets to decide who gets the prizes and what good gets done. The answer is everybody in the world. That’s because anyone anywhere can come to the GlobalGiving Olympics and vote by making a donation. The GlobalGiving project that generates the most donations will receive the $50,000 grand prize. The choice is in everybody’s hands.
And the good works don’t stop there. Projects in the country that receives the most donations will share $25,000 in prize money. Already, people around the world are…
- Mobilizing supporters to help favorite projects or countries win by making donations and telling their friends and colleagues to do the same
- Communicating through newsletters, websites, blogs, and email to spread the word about the Olympics and how people can participate
- Monitoring the results by signing up for updates
Our Olympic experiment is made possible by an anonymous donor who believes in unleashing the power of all the great, entrepreneurial individuals around the globe who have world-changing ideas but few resources to act on them. We’re very encouraged by the results so far, as the projects themselves are actively competing, and we’ve seen donations from all over the world. India is in the lead, but there is a long way to go
Come participate in the GlobalGiving Olympics and read more about it in our co-founder's blog.