As many of you know, we've now organized a number of group fundraising projects to support disaster relief efforts around the world. Most recently, we raised over $10,000 together to help Mercy Corps deliver aid and support in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
In all, NikeTalk's group fundraising efforts have combined for almost $50,000.
We're hoping you'll lend us your strength once again - this time in support of global literacy and our friends at Room to Read.
To join us, visit our group fundraising page today and consider making a contribution:
You may be wondering, "why Room to Read and why now?"
There's a special crowdfunding campaign going on right now at CrowdRise called the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, and it offers some tremendous benefits that were unavailable to us in any prior group fundraiser.
First and foremost, EVERY contribution is eligible for a match by the Skoll foundation, doubling their effectiveness. What's more, they're also covering the transaction fees. Normally, transaction costs can be in excess of 3%, depending on how they're handled. That adds up in a hurry.
All told, the matching funds and the mitigation of all transaction costs would allow this to be our most efficient group fundraiser ever - and, having contributed to Room to Read since 2009, we've seen just how inspiring and beautiful their work can be.
Just how much can our contributions accomplish? Take a look:
And, remember, since every contribution can be matched, that means they can do TWICE as much!
If we raise $2,500 together, the match would allow Room to Read to establish a library in Asia. If we raise $5,000, Room to Read could establish TWO such libraries.
As with previous fundraisers, we're glad to recognize those who've so generously chosen to offer their support with a special badge.
The following badges, designed by @lobotomybeats, will be awarded to all contributors of $10 or more:
$10 - 24 Basic Supporter Badge
$25 - 99 Special Contributor Badge
$100+ Elite Fundraiser Badge
To get credit for your donation, be sure you leave your NikeTalk screen name in a comment when you submit your contribution!!
Just visit this link to get started: https://www.crowdrise.com/roomtoread2014-se/fundraiser/niketalkcommunity
If you cannot afford to contribute money, please spare us a moment of your time and help us spread the word. Our initial goal is $2,500 - enough to help Room to Read establish one new library.
As part of the Social Entrepeneurs Challenge, there are weekly bonus challenges that can net the organization even more money.
This week (November 11-18th), every organization that receives over 25 donations will be entered to win a bonus of $5,000! That alone would cover the cost of establishing a new library!
I know that there are many worthy causes out there right now, but the matching potential here makes this an opportunity that we can't ignore. In December, we'll hold a special vote to determine the recipient of a special 15 year anniversary donation, so there will be an additional opportunity then to support other causes. At the moment, we're eager to take advantage of the limited-time matching potential afforded by this special event - which ends on December 5th.
I hope you'll consider joining us.
In the words of Frederick Douglass, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."
Together, we can help Room to Read provide children with the literary freedom that is their birthright.