Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thank you for giving $1

The following was written by Adam Shake from Twilight Earth. I decided not to reinvent the wheel - I'd only say what he said but in a few different words.

The results of your voting for your two favorite charities are in! The dollars have been tallied, and we have the winners!

Our “Buck For Charity” Drive asked you to vote for your two favorite charities out of a list of five that we provided, and then asked you to donate $1.00 into a general pool, with the two charities with the highest vote counts splitting the money.

But before I get to the results, let me take a second to tell you what we learned about you, and about ourselves.

I was a little surprised to find that more of you actually contributed to the charity, than actually voted. That means that for a lot of you, it wasn’t so much about which charity got your dollar, as it was about the act of giving. When I say surprised, what I mean is online polls are notoriously manipulated, with people voting and not donating, or people voting multiple times. That didn’t happen, and that tells me a lot about you, our readers and defenders of the earth.

I know that economic times are difficult. That’s one of the reasons we decided to run this charity drive. Times are tough for everyone, including charities. I know that many of you may be experiencing these tough times yourselves, and the fact that you donated, even a little bit, says a lot about you.

I also learned that it takes a team effort to make change. This wasnt just about The Good Human , Twilight Earth, Grass Stain Guru, Lighter Footstep, My Green Side, The Smart Mama, A Little Greener Every Day, Fake Plastic Fish, Allies Answers, and Natural Papa raising money. It was about all of us, websites and readers together, engaging in a collective effort to do good and make positive change.

And now for the results!

The total amount of donations received is $653.00! This is actually a lot of money considering that we only asked each person to donate $1.00, and the money that you donated will be happily received by Sustainable Harvest with 27% of the votes and Water for People with 24% of the votes!

The runner up’s are:

Environmental Working Group received 21% of the votes

Healthy Child Healthy World received 15% of the votes and

Kiva received 13% of the votes

Thank you all very much for helping to make the “Buck For Charity” drive a success!
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