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2007 Giving Challenges -- The Results Are In

February 22, 2008

The final results of America's Giving Challenge and the Causes Giving Challenge have been announced and the postmortems have begun. The twin competitions, which were sponsored by the Case Foundation in partnership with Causes on Facebook, Parade magazine, Network for Good, and GlobalGiving, were designed "to inspire Americans to support their favorite causes and charities by informing them about new technologies that make online giving more productive, meaningful, and fun."

It appears to have done just that. In the fifty days the competitions were open, 80,000 people went online and made donations totaling more than $1.7 million to some 3,000 causes and charities. In addition to the funds raised for individual causes/nonprofits, winners and runners-up in three different categories received cash awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. (For a complete list of winners, click here.)

One of those winners, the Sharing Foundation (whose mission is "to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia") benefitted mightly from the efforts of Michele Martin, author of the Bamboo Project blog, and Beth Kanter, nonprofit-cum-technology blogger extraordinaire. Beth blogged regularly and insightfully about the process/experience and has collected her posts here.

As usual, Sean Stannard-Stockton had what was probably the best take on all of this:

"[If you work at a foundation, you might have noticed that nonprofits are way ahead of grantmakers in learning how to leverage social media tools. They’re generally way ahead of for-profit companies as well. So if you’re a grantmaker, check out Beth and Michele as well. Maybe you can talk them into helping you out."

-- Mitch Nauffts

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Mitch:

Thanks so much for the shout out!

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