The 2008 Blogger Challenge is back and inspires the web community to help kids in high-need public schools. Bloggers will compete to raise funds for DonorsChoose.org, which lets donors select school projects to fund.
DonorsChoose.org provide students in need with resources that public schools lack. Teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn and these ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals and philanthropists choose projects to fund. Donors often receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter.
The who’s who in the blogosphere is getting together to Help Classrooms in Need. Top bloggers have created giving pages on DonorsChoose.org listing their favorite classroom projects and are encouraging their readers to donate to those projects.
Any blogger can get started by creating a giving page. You can invite your readers to pick some of the classroom projects that will go on your giving page. Then offer to do something wacky if your readers reach a certain level of donations. Display the widget for your giving page to serve as a constant call-to-action for your readers.
Last year in October as part of Blogger challenge 2007, more than a hundred bloggers inspired their readers to give $420,000 to classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, reaching 75,000 students from low-income communities.
Those teachers who want to raise funds for a classroom project, can register as a teacher and create a project proposal. Make a donation to help your favorite blogger win. Bloggers can join the challenge, and beat the blogging A-list by your fundraising.
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