Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vote for GiveIndia

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!

Hi Rashmi,

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 :-).

regards,

Venkat


Voting began January 15 and ends on January 22 - which is tomorrow - so hurry!

26 comments:

  1. Hi Rashmi,
    I do not have facebook account. Is there any other way to vote for this?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Manish Kumar

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  2. Dear Rashmi,

    Isha Foundation is the only India-based NGO in the top 5 of the Chase competition. Please consider voting for us also and encourage your readers to do the same!

    Thanks,
    Becky

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  4. I had done my bit for the GiveIndia and also promoting it on Twitter. Let's see :)

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  5. Great post on GiveIndia! We all should participate in that poll and spread the message.

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  6. Write some interesting stuff yaar - instead of calling for beer drinkers / promoting JAM / advocating some giveindia stuff

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