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happy birthday beth kanter!

Beth Kanter, nonprofit technology blogger extraordinaire, is celebrating her 51st birthday on January 11!

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Happy Birthday, Beth!

You can wish Beth a happy birthday, too, by contributing a small yet meaningful gift to the Sharing Foundation’s America’s Giving Challenge over at Global Giving.  In honor of her birthday, Beth is trying to get 51 people to donate just $10 each within 51 hours.

At one donor (and a lousy ten bucks a pop) per hour, that really shouldn’t be too hard to do!

There are three great reasons to donate right now:

  1. The Sharing Foundation is an amazing organization that serves Cambodia’s orphaned and disadvantaged children.  They run an orphanage, a Montessori preschool, language programs (Khmer and English), scholarship programs for high school and college, and lots more.  Read all about it.  If nothing else, give a little that goes a seriously long way with some kids who really need some care and support.
  2. The fundraising effort is also part of a larger campaig, the America’s Giving Challenge, which aims to inspire more people to give to more causes through online activism.  It’s a great way to prove the power of micro-philanthropy, the power on online community, and the strength of numbers — even when each of those numbers alone represents only a seemingly small gift.
  3. Beth Kanter is an amazing person, blogger, parent, and activist.  You should do something to help make her happy.  This will do nicely.

What more do you need to know?  Give Beth Kanter a happy birthday, give some kids in Cambodia a brighter future, and give America a clue.

Just Give.

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send a singer

I found this a little late for this year, but I’m really excited about the Send-a-Singer project that Bryan Miller blogged about back at the beginning of December.

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Bryan is a strategist at WWAV Rapp Collins in London, and they developed this very inventive, yet charmingly simple campaign that lets you donate your company’s holiday card budget to the UK homelessness nonprofit Crisis. And in return, you get to send a video e-card of groups of people singing carols — all people who have been helped by Crisis in the past year.

I love anything that personalizes charitable donations like this — especially in such a fun, almost whimsical (but far from flippant) way.

I also love that the donations are set high (the base “carol” is available for £3,000, or about $6,000US), so that corporations can really make an impact with their donations.

However, it does remind me how successful Beth Kanter was last fall at her experiment in micro-philanthropy that ultimately raised enough money to send two Cambodian students to college.

Having seen first-hand the power of this sort of micro-philanthropy, I wonder how a send-a-singer type of campaign could be scaled to appeal for smaller donations, so that individuals could send cards (and not just holiday cards, but birthday cards, or cards announcing the amount of the gift that somebody just made in your name).

I wonder how low you could go? How inexpensively could you produce such e-cards, but still make them compelling to a broad audience? Or does this not scale down well? Would this only work with large donations and big email lists?

I suspect that it could work well for any number of charities, and the idea could certainly be adapted to work for performing cultural organizations like symphonies and theaters.

How would you adapt this idea for your nonprofit, given the chance? What sorts of technological skills and/or hardware do you think you would need to make it happen?