Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

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Hey there, the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge just ended on Thursday, and you won’t believe how much the organizations raised collectively in small donations for their nonprofits: $2,394,827, more than double last year’s total for the Vets Challenge.

Yup, that’s right, over two million dollars. Plus, I gave $75k, in grand and weekly bonus prizes and that money was distributed between several nonprofits who are really getting the job done.

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A much-deserved congratulations to all of the nonprofits who really had their boots on the ground doing good work. Especially the top three winners:

  1. Cure JM Foundation came in first place, winning the Holiday Challenge. The total amount that they raised and won was nearly $400,000 to help advance Juvenile Myositis (JM) research, a rare and life-threatening autoimmune condition affecting mostly children.
  2. US Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust won 2nd place ($40k prize) by raising $133,576 to support care for orphaned elephants in Africa.
  3. Hope and Opportunity Through Literacy won 3rd place ($20k prize) by raising $111,114 to support education and health programs for the poor living in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Portugal, and the United States.

These nonprofits couldn’t have raised over $2 million dollars without your help, so a big thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated, and to all the good folks over there at CrowdRise, Huffington Post, and the other philanthropists who are really making a difference.

Thank you again for making this happen, folks. A nerd’s gotta do what a nerd’s gotta do.

This is not an exaggeration: Over a million dollars raised for nonprofits

Folks, huge news! The #HolidayChallenge just passed $1,000,000. That’s a million dollars for charities.

As many of you know, I’m helping to fund the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge to help nonprofits around the country raise money this holiday season. This is many of the orgs’ year-end fundraising campaign, and they could really use your help.

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There are some really good causes that funds are being raised for, and I’m so inspired. There are animal rights and sanctuary orgs, greenhouse projects, promotion of education, veterans, mental health, human rights groups, women’s health, self-esteem and body image groups, orgs raising money to help children with diseases, literacy campaigns, and the list goes on, and on.

If you’re able, take a look through all of the good orgs participating in this challenge, and give to one that really sticks out to you.

This week the Bonus Challenge is fun, the first two fundraising teams to raise $250, beginning at noon EST each day, will go head to head in a heated game of rock, paper, scissors. The winner each day will get $1,500 for their cause. You can help decide who wins this week.

Bonus Challenge #1 was won by Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.

Bonus Challenge #2 was won by Cure JM.

Bonus Challenge #3 was won by Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

Bonus Challenge #4 is happening right now.

There are seven Bonus Challenges total and they’re all listed here.

There are a lot of Huffington Post winners so far. 119 teams have raised at least $1,000 for their cause, winning at least one of the HuffPost prizes. HuffPost is offering “tiered” prizes during the Challenge, which are called “HuffPost Prizes for Everyone” because they’re non-competitive. If you raise the money required in a tier, you get the prize and when you reach the next tier, you get that prize too.

When CrowdRise was gearing up for the #HolidayChallenge, five charities won “Get your charity profiled by a HuffPost reporter.” They are:

• Building Botswana

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• Chicago Adventure Therapy

Canstruction

• Toilet Hackers

 Now head on over to the Holiday Challenge, and let’s try to raise $2M for charity, what do ya say?

5 Free Tools To Track Social Media Engagement

I’m frequently asked by good orgs that I support to share their work, and sometimes they ask me the best way to track the engagement that’s occurred. I’ve compiled a list of some free tracking tools that can really benefit you personally, or that can help out your org. These could be especially useful with all of the end-of-year campaigns coming up (including the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge that I’m helping to fund).

5 Free Tracking Tools to Help You Out:

1.  bitly – bitly is a great way for you to shorten links and then track their click through rates. If you sign up for an account, you can store all of the links that you’ve shortened, and then track how well the link is performing with your audience. It’s possible to shorten links without signing up for an account, but if you get a free account, you’ll be able to access historical data.

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Just click “view stats” and you’ll have insight into:

  • How many times the link has been clicked;
  • The percentage of clicks;
  • The number of bitly links that have been created from your original URL, and who created them (if the person has a public account);
  • The date that the link was clicked, and an hourly breakdown;
  • What social media platforms the bitly was shared on;
  • Where the link was shared geographically, and where the most clicks were coming from;

2.  Topsy – Topsy allows you to analyze conversations in realtime, and  provides instant social insight. You can analyze any topic, term, or hashtag.

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Once you conduct your search, you’ll have access to a few different stats:

  • All web mentions of your term, topic, or hashtag – or you can specify that Topsy just shows you links, Tweets, photos, videos, or influencers that relate to your search;
  • You can sort by language;
  • You can sort by relevance, newest, or oldest;
  • You are able to view the Tweets per day that mention your search, and from there you can view top Tweets;
  • Topsy reveals how many Tweets mention your search over the past 15 days, and it provides a Topsy sentiment score;
  • You can chart replies to your Twitter handle and view when the most people are responding, and what they’re saying;

3.  Twubs – If you plan on hosting a tweetchat or having a hashtag livestream at an event, Twubs allows you to register a hashtag. Once you register the hashtag, you can update event details or hashtag details and create a page for your particular hashtag. Once the page is setup, you can set up a main account (i.e. your org’s Twitter handle) for the hashtag that will show up in a different, prime stream.

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Other features include:

  • Scheduling Twitter Chats that will show up in Twub’s global calendar;
  • Adding additional hashtags to stream on your main hashtag page;
  • Customizing your hashtag page to match your branding;
  • Watching the livestream of your Tweets as people use your hashtag;
  • Adding websites that may be relevant to your hashtag;
  • Allowing other folks to be admins for your particular Twubs hashtag;
  • Blocking trolls and spammers (don’t feed the trolls!), as well as blocking words that you don’t want included in the stream;
  • A moderated fullscreen feed module that allows you to control a customizable fullscreen display of Tweets that you can project anywhere;

4.  Twitter Counter – Twitter Counter is a really good site to track your Twitter stats.

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The free version will track:

  • How many followers you have and how many you are following;
  • Your increase of followers over a period of time (you can choose the time period);
  • Comparisons between you and your competitors or partners;
  • Increases or decreases in followers, Tweets, and folks you are following from the previous day;
  • Your daily average follows, tweets, and following;

5.   socialmention* – Similar to Topsy, socialmention* allows for real-time social media searches and analysis, but has more filters for types of medium . The site will show you trends underneath the search bar if you’re interested in perusing, or you can type in your own trend that you want to search. For example, if you want to type in keywords from a blog post you published last week, or the name of your org, you’ll get a variety of results.

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Results will show you:

  • socialmention*’s perceived sentiment of the keyword or phrase you typed in;
  • The last time the search phrase was mentioned;
  • A list of top related keywords;
  • The top users who have mentioned the search phrase;
  • How many unique authors are talking about it;
  • The top related hashtags;
  • The sources from which the results were pulled;

 

What tools have you found to be useful, folks?

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