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Help us raise $500 to charity in December!

submitted on November 28, 2010 by YanBz in "Buxr Website / Contests", last updated on December 3, 2010 by YanBz
Christmas time is a season of giving. When we feel thankful for our blessings, we often think of others who are less fortunate. This December we are launching a new contest. Invite a friend to join our community and for each new referral we will donate $1 (up to $500 in total donation).

You can vote for the charity of your choice below. We will send all contest proceeds to the charity that gets the most votes. Don't see your favorite charity in the list? Just add it in a comment to this discussion topic and we will include it in the poll (up to 10 charities total)

Ways to invite friends:
http://www.buxr.com/wiki/conte.....te_friends

Update 12/02: We have just enabled you to contribute to this charity drive directly by sharing part of your winnings (go to the 'Payment Request' page to do so). This month we will match 'dollar for dollar' each member's contribution (up to $500 total). Thank you all for of of your support! Smile

Update 12/03: Added a ticker to track the progress. It is on top of the page and looks like this (see the image below). The ticker shows total donation planned for the end of the month. The amount includes referred friends, your direct contribution and our match.

This Poll is Closed


1. Which charity would you like the proceeds to go to?
  • American Red Cross
  • 50%
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • 0%
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 16%
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • 6%
  • United Way Worldwide
  • 19%
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • 9%
    Total: 32 votes

     

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    • 89433
      DebsFreebies
      professor
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      10 5 1
      Posted by DebsFreebies on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 7 0
      What a wonderful idea! As for which charity, I personally don't care as long as it reaches out and helps others.
    • 89435
      deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 8 0
      Great idea! Would you please add the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or NMSS? They're working hard on finding a cure for MS and provide assitance to those of us in need of medication, equipment, healthcare, housing, they even paid for a home healthcare aid after my last surgery in October!
    • 89443
      sandyshore
      professor
      2 1
      12 8 1
      Posted by sandyshore on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 8 0
      Nice idea! I think I'll wait to vote on charities until more people have checked in and I see if the list expands.
    • 89445
      webbyone2010
      professor
      1
      Posted by webbyone2010 on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 9 0
      Please add Habitat for Humanity.
    • 89486
      JackBauer
      admin
      Posted by JackBauer on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 6 0
      How about a non profit I am very familiar with, United Way Worldwide. They are out there everyday creating a better life for all by advancing the common good in the areas of Education, Income and Health. United Way wants children to get a good education, which will lead to a stable job that will sustain people through retirement, and wants people to live healthy. Let's face it, we all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and we all live healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
        89498
      • YanBz
        admin
        Posted by YanBz on November 28, 2010
        [reply] 9 0
        Sure, Jack. Now you need to invite some friends who will vote for United Smile
        Donation page: http://www.unitedway.org/world.....cfm?MID=18
      • 89517
      • JackBauer
        admin
        Posted by JackBauer on November 28, 2010
        [reply] 8 0
        What is wrong with me? Even when I am on vacation, I am raising money for United Way. Well I guess by now, you have all realized which non profit I work for Big Grin , I do not just wear the shirt, I live it. Just to be clear, I do not work for Worldwide, I work for a local United Way. I would have asked to put my local United Way in the poll, but the would reveal my secret identity. :-p.

        On a separate but related note. As we are in this season of giving and thanks, remember those that are less fortunate than us. If you have the means, support your favorite charity(ies). There are millions of people who need the help of organizations like United Way and right now, we need your help. If you don't have the money to donate, give your time and volunteer. Just know that it is important to give back to your community. So if you find yourself experiencing the holiday blues, just remember there are those who don't have a roof over their head, or food on their table, or clothing on their back. Nor do they have a computer and internet to vote on this poll, but what they do have is hope that someday they will have all the things we take for granted each day. So in the coming weeks, remember all that you have and remember there are those that need your help. So consider making a gift to a charity to help those in need, whether it be United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, ect., just give and it doesn't matter how big or how small your gift is, every gift counts.

        Thank you. (I am getting off my soapbox now)

        PS. Yan, thank you for running this contest and helping raise awareness for non profit organizations.
    • 89489
      JackBauer
      admin
      Posted by JackBauer on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 7 0
    • 89491
      Avatar_g
      teacher
      Posted by sareece on November 28, 2010
      [reply] 6 0
      Wonderful idea Yan!
    • 89524
      tammy987
      professor
      5 1 1
      Posted by tammy987 on November 29, 2010
      [reply] 7 0
      deby32953 and DebsFreebies brought it up in another topic, is there a way we could donate some of our winnings if we wanted to?
        89833
      • deby32953
        professor
        Posted by deby32953 on November 30, 2010
        [reply] 2 0
        Yes, another deal site always gives you the option on the payout page of whether or not you'd like to donate any or a portion of your pay to a charity. Couldn't we do the same just for 3 weeks? Have the option to donate any amount we wish as an option on our payout page?
      • 89854
      • YanBz
        admin
        Posted by YanBz on November 30, 2010
        [reply] 4 0
        This is a good idea. If you intend to donate in December, leave some of the balance for your donation, don't request everything as a payment when you get your November monthly winnings. You will be able to donate part of them once I figure out how this can be implemented
      • 89930
      • deby32953
        professor
        Posted by deby32953 on November 30, 2010
        [reply] 2 0
        Great! I'm in!
    • 89754
      JackBauer
      admin
      Posted by JackBauer on November 30, 2010
      [reply] 4 0
      BUMP....because charity is important and only 16 people voted.
        89813
      • lootango
        professor
        11 9 1
        Posted by lootango on November 30, 2010
        [reply] 3 0
        Good job! Now it's up to 19 votes!
    • 89818
      JackBauer
      admin
      Posted by JackBauer on November 30, 2010
      [reply] 6 0
      Time to pander for the organization I work for Smile : Give to United Way Worldwide.

      Time for some information most people don't know, after a disaster, Red Cross will go in an provide immediate relief, but it is United Way that provides long term relief and helps rebuild after disasters. Not many people know this and I think, we do a bad job of promoting this fact.

      In the wake of a disaster, United Way's role is to support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and communities devastated by the disaster and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.

      United Way Worldwide has created the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund, introduced a text-to-give program, and is coordinating the integration of efforts from United Ways around the world, in cooperation with our corporate partners and other NGOS. Donations to the Fund will go toward long-term recovery and rebuilding in Chile, as well as meet the needs of Chileans affected by the disaster.

      In response to the earthquake in Haiti, the United Way system worldwide and its corporate partners are working with Haitian community networks to determine the most pressing long-term recovery needs.
    • 89832
      equipurple
      professor
      2
      11 8 1
      Posted by equipurple on November 30, 2010
      [reply] 4 0
      Can we get an update (every few days?) of the amount of the donation we have caused to happen?
        89855
      • YanBz
        admin
        Posted by YanBz on November 30, 2010
        [reply] 4 0
        I am thinking of adding some sort of a progress indicator to the site header.
    • 90080
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 1, 2010
      [reply] 4 0
      November prizes are distributed and (as requested) I added the option to enable you guys give part of your winnings towards the charity drive. You'll find it on the page where you normally request a payment.

      The charity drive kicks in today! Remember, in addition to your own donations each friend you refer adds $1 to the pot. You can see the grand total collected on top of this page.

      Please, help us make this charity drive a success! Smile

    • 90082
      equipurple
      professor
      2
      11 8 1
      Posted by equipurple on December 1, 2010
      [reply] 3 0
      So all the referrals I have sent in the past 3 days don't count? Grumble. Guess I will have to invite more!
        90085
      • YanBz
        admin
        Posted by YanBz on December 1, 2010
        [reply] 4 0
        When you invite friends, make sure you use one of the ways described in this this page:
        http://www.buxr.com/wiki/conte.....te_friends


        1. Send an email to a friend through a "Share this Deal" link available on each deal page (visible when you are signed in).
        2. Add a Buxr Badge or Text Link to your web page (Facebook, Blog, etc). You can get these from the Affiliate Referral page.
        3. Add the Buxr Widget to your website (you need to be a Buxr affiliate). The link in the already widget has your referral id.


        When your friend joins, you can see him/her right away on the Friends Contest page here:
        http://www.buxr.com/contest/friends
      • 90221
      • equipurple
        professor
        2
        11 8 1
        Posted by equipurple on December 2, 2010
        [reply] 2 0
        I used method 1 for perhaps 5 or 6 friends in the previous 3 days. Never saw any update to my RAF contest page.
    • 90091
      lexx575
      apprentice
      Posted by lexx575 on December 1, 2010
      [reply] 5 0
      Can we have a st jude charity please
    • 90102
      lexx575
      apprentice
      Posted by lexx575 on December 1, 2010
      [reply] 4 0
      yes
    • 90196
      midget
      professor
      5 3 2
      10 6 2
      Posted by midget on December 2, 2010
      [reply] 3 0
      Yan, I realize people are submitting organizations that they want to donate to and the one with the most votes gets the $500 prize.

      However, now that there is a way for us to donate to a charity outside of this contest, what charity is it going to and shouldn't people still be able to choose the charity they wish to donate to since I think the new addition is permanent and not part of the plan here? Or is the donation to charity that we take out of our balance part of this deal and it will end when this does? Please clarify.
        90278
      • YanBz
        admin
        Posted by YanBz on December 2, 2010
        [reply] 4 0
        Your own donations via 'Balance Request' page are part of this drive and all the proceeds will go to the one charity that gets the most votes in this poll. Buxr will be making the donation at the end of the month in one big payment and I will post the receipt in this discussion. So far the plan is to remove the donation field once the month is over.

        One more thing, and I was waiting for the December 6 newsletter with contest results to announce it, but I guess it doesn't hurt to do it here. So, here you go:

        In a true spirit of giving, in addition to donating $1 to charity for each referred friend, Buxr will match dollar for dollar (up to $500 total) all the donations that come from your winnings this month.


        The counter at the top of the page doesn't reflect this yet, but I will update it later this week to include the portion we match.
    • 90361
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 2, 2010
      [reply] 3 0
      The counter on top of the page now shows the current total donation amount which includes:

      1. Your own direct contributions
      2. Buxr's dollar for dollar match
      3. Buxr's donation of $1 for each referred friend
    • 90450
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 3, 2010
      [reply] 4 0
      Wow! We just had a major contribution that put us well over 1/2 of our goal. I feel like we will not have problem donating $500 this month. Just wish you guys had more friends! Wink
    • 92413
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 17, 2010
      [reply] 2 0
      Just an update on our charity drive. We are half way through the month and so far $372 has been collected. Out of which:

      - $4 came via referral of 4 new members
      - $184 came via your direct contribution
      - $184 came via our match

      Keep up the good work, guys. Even if we don't meet our goal of $500, it is a great pleasure to know that whatever we collect together can make a huge difference in lives of others.
    • 92714
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 21, 2010
      [reply] 2 0
      10 days to go and we collected $385 so far. Just $115 left until we reach our goal! Smile
    • 93170
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 26, 2010
      [reply] 2 0
      I hope everyone is having a very merry Christmas! Smile

      I would like to remind you that there is just 5 days left to contribute to our Charity Drive. Buxr will match your contribution dollar for dollar and all proceeds will go to the charity that gets the most votes in the poll above (American Red Cross is the current leader).

      In addition we will donate $1 with each friend you refer to become a member of our community. Here is how you can invite friends: http://www.buxr.com/wiki/conte.....te_friends

      Thank you to everyone who have already contributed! We are just $115 shy of our goal and I really hope we can make it!!! Smile
    • 93640
      Solstice
      professor
      1 6 2
      11 4 1
      Posted by Solstice on December 30, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Bump!
    • 93801
      Solstice
      professor
      1 6 2
      11 4 1
      Posted by Solstice on December 31, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      Still $109 to go and only 7 hours left.
    • 93844
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on December 31, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      $91 to go...
    • 94633
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on January 6, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      I should have mentioned it earlier... I transferred $500 to American Red Cross on 12/31/10 even though we were still short of our goal. They sent this email:

      Subject: Thank You for your Gift

      Dear Yan,

      Your donation to the American Red Cross translates into clean water for survivors of the earthquakes in Haiti, shelter for families whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes in the United States, CPR and first aid training for community members. Thank you for helping us serve our nation and our world where the needs are greatest.

      Today, 185 families will receive assistance in the wake of disaster, 422 service men and women will communicate with their loved ones at home and 21,000 people will receive a lifesaving blood donation. The Red Cross can continue to offer the signature services millions rely on every year because of generous donors like you. Your gift ensures that we have the resources, talent and ability to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

      Thank you again for your contribution that allows us to change lives down the street, across the country and around the world.

      Sincerely,

      The American Red Cross
        94828
      • CouponNut
        deity
        23 14 8
        12 10 2
        Posted by CouponNut on January 6, 2011
        [reply] 1 0
        Thats wonderful, thank you for sharing!
    • 94647
      shawndiaz
      beginner
      1
      Posted by shawndiaz on January 6, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      That is awesome Big Grin
    • 94895
      deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on January 7, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      It's unbelievable that so little can make such a big difference to so many! Thanks BUXR!

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