Rarely do I answer appeals to join online groups or petitions for some cause or the other, but this one's different. It's for a dear friend, it's for a great organisation and it seems to be a case where 'clicktivism' will lead to some tangible benefit!
I reproduce the email Venkat Krishnan of GiveIndia sent me and urge you to go cast your 'vote' and spread the word to whoever you can!
GiveIndia is 1 of 100 NGOs selected (globally) by Chase Foundation to compete for $1 million on the popular social networking site Facebook. NGOs have to get Facebook users to cast a vote for them and the NGO with the highest number of votes will win the prize.
We were among the 100 top winners of a prize of $25,000 last month after polling almost 3,000 votes, but we estimate that we will need >40,000 votes to win the $1m prize.
If we win, we plan to use the money to educate 40,000 children for a year. more details at http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/338730
So 1 vote that takes 5 mins, can literally educate 1 child for a year costing about Rs2500. This must be the highest payoff ever for a person to vote... usually it is Re1 per vote or so...
We're trying to pull out all stops to ensure that the money comes to India :-).
Voting began January 15 and ends on January 22 - which is tomorrow - so hurry!