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mycharity:water Raises $3 million for Developing World

Another interesting use of online platforms to raise money. A year since it’s launch, mycharity:water organizes “give-up-your-birthday” campaigns, where people ask for donations instead of gifts, and the money goes to help provide water to the developing world by building wells in Africa. As the website outlines their mission:

“There are a billion people living without clean water. Four September’s ago, we had a crazy idea. We asked our friends to give up their birthdays and ask for donations instead of gifts. We used 100% of the money raised to build water projects. Every year, it got bigger. We’ve now helped over a million people get clean water.”

Neat huh? We all have problems with presents at birthdays (and indeed Christmas or even weddings) and this is a way to fund important water projects for the difficult ‘person who has everything’.

Techcrunch has just reported that mycharity:water has raised nearly  $3 million through the site in the last year. And not just normal people either, there have been pushes from angel investors such as Chris Sacca and Jack Dorsey, and the actress Alyssa Milano, who raised $96,000 on her 37th birthday. Must be great to have wealthy friends!

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  1. August 18, 2010 at 08:12

    There really are some clever social entrepreneurs out there! It’s not so much a new idea. For example Trocaire and Concern have had on line gift tokens at Christmas time for a few years now. What they’ve done is adaptated thsi idea using birthdays as the focal point. It just shows you that not all good ideas have to be ‘inventions’…they can be subtle adaptations of ideas that have already proven to be successful.

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