I'll be writing up a more detailed blog post about what worked and what didn't, but wanted to send out a quick thank you!
As I do every year for my birthday, I ask for donations to the Sharing Foundation in lieu of gifts or cards. This nonprofit helps to care for children in Cambodia. It was founded by retired pediatrician, Dr. Nancy Hendrie. (If you want to know more about why my family and I care about the children of Cambodia and this charity, take a minute to watch this video my son, Harry, made last year.)
Many children in Cambodia do not go to school because their families lack the $10 for a uniform, required for school attendance. Last year, the Sharing Foundation's sewing school, a vocational training program, made over 1250 uniform sets and donated them to needy children in Roteang Village, to the Street Children's Assistance NGO, and to a poor government orphanage. The sewing girls, who are employed by the Sharing Foundation's vocational training program, earn from the first day of their training, so this is a win-win situation.
This year I launched a two-week campaign experimenting with the new birthday causes application. In addition, I added a donor matching challenge to the Sharing Foundation's Facebook Cause that I would donate 10 x my age if the Sharing Foundation Cause reached $5,200.
Several blog readers have suggested that I set up other ways to donate to the Sharing Foundation in addition to Facebook Causes. So, I added the Network for Good badge.
I raised $3,332 via the birthday cause. I also issued a challenge match in the Sharing Foundation's main cause that if we could get the dollar amount up to $5,200. I'd donate 10 x my age or $520. Another 38 people contributed $2501, helping to make the match! There is now $6,796 in the Sharing Foundation's Cause. In addition 9 donors contributed $317 through network for good.
In total, the birthday campaign raised $6,158 and we can send 615 kids to school.