What Bloggers Can Do: Over $2k Raised For Charity: Water

charity: water

 

It’s an exciting time to be a blogger- never before have we, as individuals been able to create such ripple effects of social change so seamlessly and instantly that with the click of a button our message can be amplified out to thousands of followers on social media.

Even for those of us that struggle in obscurity or wish our traffic was better- there is a world of potential at our fingertips and a real opportunity to bring our visions to life.  Nothing seems to illuminate this better for me than the fact that my birthday charity: water fundraiser just passed the $2,000 mark in less than a month.  All of this fundraising was done online and mostly by complete strangers.

Three weeks ago, I put out a call that I had given up my 26th birthday for charity: water– so no parties, no overpriced martinis, no presents and all the money that would have gone to a pricey night out would instead be given to help people I would never meet gain access to clean water.  I got some guff from my friends, but others were astonished- was I serious?  Yup, I was.

Giving up a birthday was really easy but to be honest, when I sat in a Portland hotel (well, airbnb rented room) with my awesome friend Lora, I thought I was going to vomit when I upped the fundraising amount from a safe-and-doable $1,000 to a scary, gut wrenching $2,600…but $2,600 felt RIGHT.  

 

I didn’t realize it then, but for my birthday I really wanted to grow as a social media consultant. I wanted to test the theories of online social change for myself. I wanted to see if online social influence had any impact in the offline world.  Well good news, it has.

 

I really, really want this fundraiser in the bag. I want it DONE.  This $2,600 donation will help 130 people gain access to clean drinking water that will last for years and years. This is a real solution to a real problem- a drinking well is permanent and is by no means a band-aid.

Every penny of your donation goes to building a well- no admin.  Charity: water is a organization I believe in, and their business model is innovating the way we give and what giving truly does.  That is why this “experiment” of mine was more than that- it will garner results that matter.

Right now, we’re at $2,001 and we’re so close to the goal I can taste it.

So- if you’re reading this….I’m going to get creative to hit the last $599 of this goal:

 

If you donate $10 I will give you a 125×125 ad spot on BeautifulGiveaways  or The Frugalpreneur for August.

Go to my charity: water page to donate and let me know on your donation that you want the ad spot (or email me.) I can get it up TODAY.

(or)

If you need to hire a social media consultant, or need to revamp your blog or small biz- I will donate part of your fee to the cause.  Go to Cake Mix Media to nab your spot.

Seriously, I need your help. I wouldn’t blast the interwebs if I wasn’t serious. If I had sperm or extra blood, I’d totally donate it for cash.  If I had time to donate a kidney, I’d probably be getting sedated as we speak, but we don’t have that kind of time to get this fundraiser done.

All I have is ad space on my sites and social media services to help rock your blog or business.  You can totally make this a win-win OR you could just donate so I’ll finally shut up about it.  Either way, thank you. 😉 

 

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  1. August 7, 2012
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