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June 24, 2009

Please Give Just $1 For The Charities That You Help To Choose


7/08/09 UPDATE: The poll and donation drive is over. The winning organizations are Water for People and Sustainable Harvest. A total of $643 was raised. Thanks for voting and contributing!

Hi all. A few weeks ago, I was approached by my friend David who blogs at He and Adam from Twilight Earth had the idea to create an easy way for a few of us bloggers to raise money for an environmental organization doing good work, asking our readers to contribute $1 and vote on which organizations will benefit. Below is the official campaign announcement. I hope you’ll find it in your hearts to participate in this easy fundraiser.

As writers, we know that part of good stewardship is sharing information, but even the most intelligent among us can not make change without DOING something. So
The Good Human,
Twilight Earth,
Grass Stain Guru,
Lighter Footstep,
My Green Side,
The Smart Mama,
A Little Greener Every Day,
Fake Plastic Fish,
Allies Answers (now called The Greenists), and
Natural Papa
have teamed up to carry our message with one united strong voice. The message is that there are great organizations out there which are suffering in this economic downturn through decreased donations…and they need our help! So we have decided to give you, our readers, a voice and a choice. We have decided to take on a very simple fundraising mission, and we are asking you to donate just $1.00.

A single dollar; that’s all.

Who cannot afford a buck even in these times? We know you can spare a dollar to help out our fellow humans!

But how do we all decide which charities to give 100% of all monies raised to? Well, we are going to put it to a vote and let you guys decide. The 10 websites participating have chosen 5 charities for all donors to vote for, and we are going to let you guys choose which two of them will receive the all monies donated.

Our purpose in doing this is three-fold

  • It gives YOU a voice. As loyal readers and stewards of our environment, we want to offer you the opportunity to make a difference without breaking the bank.
  • It gives the two charities with the most votes some much appreciated funds to continue their mission
  • It allows all of us an opportunity to connect as a community of like-minded people working for the common good of ourselves, our families and our planet.

If the community of folks who care about our planet cannot come together to rise up to a challenge, who will? That is why we are asking you for a $1 donation. While $1 may seem insignificant all by itself, by pooling our resources together we really can make a difference in these tough economic times. $1 is less than the price of a candy bar and can usually be found under the seat cushions of your couch. Won’t you help 2 of these charities with your $1 donation? (Now, if you want to give more, please – feel free. We won’t stop you! And by all means, send this to everyone you know so we can raise even more!)

Below you will find a poll and a Paypal donation link asking you to choose which of the 5 charities your favorite is. We ask that you please donate a dollar to the charity pool if you are going to vote, and know that even if your absolute favorite does not finish first or second, all the money donated will be going to worthwhile causes. If everyone we know who reads our sites, our Twitter feeds, our Facebook sites, etc. donates just $1, imagine the impact we can have as a group. And please, spread the word!

(Note: The poll and donation links have been removed as the campaign has ended. Thanks for your support!)

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite and to donate just a single dollar to these charities. Times are tough and our collective might can really help them out. The results will be tallied two weeks from today, and we will write another article detailing the amounts and the two charities who garnered the most votes and will be receiving the money collected. It’s only $1, so please donate!

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Mama Kelly of 2 Witches Blog
7 years 3 months ago

Donated my dollar and posted a link to this post on my facebook and my twitter

Eco Yogini
7 years 4 months ago

Hi Beth,
this is a fantastic idea! I'll be perusing the options more in depth when I'm a little more awake and not rushing to work :)

Thank you for posting on my blog and letting me know about the website… they didn't have my permission and have posted other articles… and they won't let me comment.

just wondering if this has happened to you and if you know a way to stop them from taking my stuff :)

LOVE your blog!

7 years 4 months ago

This is amazing. I just donated.

7 years 4 months ago

It's great being a part of this "$1 for Charities" effort with you and all the other wonderful writers!


7 years 4 months ago

I didn't know about the other charities but I had researched Kiva for my own personal reasons and thought it was a pretty neat idea.

I donated my $. You are right, a $ is nothing.


7 years 4 months ago

what a wonderful idea! happy to support any of these charities. as always, your blog continues to amaze, inform and move us forward toward a better world. thank you, beth!

7 years 4 months ago

Harumph!!!! I didn't see the Robert E. Johnson Retirement Fund Mentioned (or the "Send a kid to vegas fund) – J/K
Great idea and all great charities- I also seriously like other charities like playpumps internarional and but have no problem with the fine lists of charities y'all have picked.

Lara S.
7 years 4 months ago

That's a good initiative :-)
Also, as a bonus, it makes people pay attention to those organizations (I mean they'll visit their website and find out what they are doing, etc…) which is great too.

Pure Mothers
7 years 4 months ago

This is such a great idea Beth! I just chose and donated. Oh, and I included you in a post recently and thought you may want to read it.