The #HolidayChallenge is in Full Swing
Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by craigconnects
Hey, the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge that I'm funding with the Huffington Post has really taken off.
It began on Monday, November 18, and over $173k has been raised in less than a week, since the challenge started – this is huge.
Joining me in raising money for charities this holiday season are several actors/actresses and comedians (hey, maybe I can give them some career advice), such as Edward Norton (Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust), Sean Penn (J/P Haitian Relief Organization), Ian Somerhalder (Ian Somerhalder Foundation), Sophia Bush (The Nature Conservancy), Jason Bateman (City Year), Kristen Bell (Epath.org), Olivia Wilde (Artists for Peace and Justice), Christy Turlington (Every Mother Counts), Eliza Dushku (THRIVEGulu), Brittany Snow (Love Is Louder), Will Ferrell (Cancer for College), Seth Rogen (Hilarity for Charity), and Conan O’Brien (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles).
(Speaking of Conan, his recent TV bit cited my LinkedIn following, and this is my attempt to help him out…folks, even a pity follow will do…follow Conan?)
CrowdRise is an effective way to help out nonprofit groups, and I'm excited we already have more than 500 charities and counting coming together this holiday season to raise a lot of money for nonprofits getting the job done.
It's not too late to get started. You can sign your nonprofit up by clicking here. And if you're an individual who wants to participate and support your favorite causes, you can choose an org to support, and join their team!
Lately, I've been asked if orgs can participate if they're outside the US. I asked the good folks at CrowdRise about it and they said that their site's only set up right now for US-based 501c3's right now, so unfortunately, no. But they hope to change that soon, and told me that it's on the roadmap. You can read the rest of the Challenge rules here.
Just a reminder that:
- The team that raises the most during the Challenge wins a $100k donation for their charity.
- Second place gets $40k.
- Third gets $20k.
- Another $40k+ in cash prizes, and lots of HuffPost prizes will be given throughout the campaign.
- Even if you don't win a grand prize, you get to keep the money you raise.
- The Challenge ends on Thursday, January 9th at 11:59:59am EST.
Make sure to get your constituents and followers on social media talking about the Holiday Challenge, the more people who know about it, the more chances you have to raise money for your cause. Join the conversation using the hashtag, #HolidayChallenge, on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, and Instagram.
And don't forget that CrowdRise has created a toolkit for you to get the most out of the #HolidayChallenge, with tips, strategies, and a calendar that outlines all the Bonus Challenges.
How's your team doing so far?