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Down to the Wire! Help Us Win the Yahoo! Charity Badge Challenge!
Leif Utne, 25 Dec 06
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Friends of Worldchanging: We need your help right now! We're locked in a tight race to win a matching grant from Yahoo! we're running a close second place in the Yahoo Charity Badge challenge -- with 425 donors to the leader's 514. We know we can get the most donors by midnight on December 31, but we can't do it without you.

(If this is the first you've heard about the Yahoo Charity Badge challenge, there's more info below. Please read on.)

We're asking you to do two things:

  1. If you haven't given yet, please donate right now. Even $10 will help us win. (Unfortunately, Yahoo only takes US donations. International donors can still support us financially through Groundspring.org.)

  2. If you've already donated, please take a few minutes and recruit 2 other people to donate to Worldchanging today. Ask your spouse, housemate, friend, neighbor, coworker -- anyone who cares about promoting journalism about positive solutions, and has a different credit card number than you, or even just a different name on the same account.

Remember, we need the most donors (not dollars) to win the Yahoo! matching grant. So every single donation counts.

Time is running out, and if everyone who has already given to Worldchanging found just one other person to donate, even at the minimum of $10, we would be well past our goal of 500 donors.

As we've been saying during the last few days, we have a wonderful opportunity to leverage your donations through a matching grant from Yahoo's new Charity Badge program. Yahoo! is offering up to $50,000 in matching funds to the nonprofit which gets the largest number of individual donors (not dollars) before the end of the year using its new "charity badges." (Ours is the blue box here at left.)

The number of donors matters as much as the number of dollars. We know we can pull this out, but we need your help right now. And we'd like 500 donors to be safe. If we're winning on Dec 31st, we think one of our major donors will step in and help us with a large donation, so we may get the full $50K from Yahoo!

That means that what we need are numbers, even large numbers of people contributing just the minimum of $10 each (though we are a highly-effective little non-profit and would be happy to put a larger contribution to good use).

Please help us win this challenge by taking two minutes right now, clicking on the donate button in this link or in the charity badge displayed here at left, and making a contribution to Worldchanging on Network for Good (it's all safe and self-explanatory).

Give whatever you can -- $25, $50, $100, $500, or even just the minimum of $10. Every single donation gets us closer to winning. And if you donate $100 or more we'll send you a copy of our book.

After you donate, help spread the word even further by putting this link in your email signature: http://www.networkforgood.org/pca/PersonalCharityBadge.aspx?pcaid=100275

And you can easily display our charity badge on your own website or blog, too. Just click the "Get this badge" link on our charity badge, and you'll find some simple HTML code you can cut and paste into your site.

Thank you so much. It's a small thing, and a minor hassle, but it could mean a big difference for us and help us continue to bring to the world the best tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.

Thanks again, and happy holidays.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, only donations from US residents are accepted by Network for Good, and thus counted towards Yahoo's challenge. Canadian and other international donors can still support us financially through our online donation form at Groundspring.org. International donors, click here.

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