Friday, February 22, 2008

Two Contests Spur Online Giving -

Two Contests Spur Online Giving - "That tech savvy and energy were enough to win the group $50,000 in one of two national contests aimed at increasing charitable giving through the use of Web-based tools.

The 21 winners, announced yesterday, raised more than $1.7 million from almost 82,000 donors to benefit more than 3,000 charities, organizers said. The two contests, which ran simultaneously from Dec. 13 to Jan. 31, sought to highlight the potential of online philanthropy while 'democratizing' charitable giving by encouraging donations as small as $10 from people of all incomes, organizers said.

'I think this could really help revolutionize charitable giving in this country,' said Randy Siegel, publisher of Parade magazine, one of the contest sponsors."

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