Monday, November 20, 2006

Update on GlobalGiving Campaign

Here's an update on the GlobalGiving Campaign from Tom Vollrath (Friends of Burkina Faso Project Committee Chair):

Last Friday afternoon, I called GlobalGiving (GG) to get an update on the extraordinary opportunity for the NEEED/FBF project to be awarded $5,000 from an anonymous donor. The good news is that we are little over half way towards qualifying for this award by having 100 donors contribute to this project by December 15th. To date, 54 FBF friends have made contributions! The not-so-good news is that the rate at which donations have been made coming in fell rapidly this past week, with only 2 contributions being received last Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 contribution received on Thursday and on Friday. This is not a good sign. I am concerned that we might not reach our goal. And reaching this goal is important, not only for the girls at school but also for the NPCA, the RPCV community, and, I believe, the Peace Corps. See,

Given the state of affairs, I'd like to ask that those of you, who have not yet made a gift to our project on the GG website, consider making a small donation NOW-- before it slips the mind and before it is too late. I, for one, am going to following Jon Berger's advice. Jon promised to approach his wife and kids about making a donation. This next week, my children are coming home from Thanksgiving. I can't think of a better time to ask them to give a-little-something. And I’ve just gotten a pledge from my wife who promises to make a small donation to the GG project. Spread the good news about this exciting opportunity among close friends and family.

Please donate $10 today!


Tony said...

This is very exciting. You can read more about this great initiative and why it is so important on my blog:

Yarbi Design said...

Thanks Tony. I have a link to your blog on the original post at

Yarbi Design said...

10 days left to the 12.15.06 deadline and total funding to date is $11,215. I think it's safe to say that the project has met its goal of 100 on-line donations. In fact, on 11.29.06 John H of GG confirmed that FBF had 97 transactions towards the contest.

What will be done with the extra money, since the total project need is $13,000? I'll have to do more investigating.

Elissa Ann said...

Thanks, Yarbi Design for previously mentioning GlobalGiving in your posts. I wanted to let you know about another exciting event going on at GlobalGiving. We are currently hosting a FilmFest where people can vote for the video that makes them feel the most connected to an incredible grassroots development project. GlobalGiving gathered raw footage (photos and video) from more than twenty high-impact projects around the world. Film makers used this footage to create compelling and interesting videos that tell the stories of these projects and the people who are helped by the work they do. Each video tells the story of a project from and will help to connect these amazing projects with the support they need.

Votes will determine which videos do the best job of telling the project’s story. Check out all of the finalists’ videos at

We are trying to spread the word and encourage family and friends to vote. By voting, we are raising awareness and bringing much needed attention and support to high-impact grassroots projects around the world.

We would appreciate any help you can give to encourage people to vote. You can find more information about the FilmFest at or you can vote at

Elissa Goldenberg