Friday, December 20, 2013

Project For Awesome 2013

Project for Awesome 2013 is over, so you can’t vote or make videos, but you can still donate to the Foundation to Decrease World Suck.  As of this blog post, the 2013 Project for Awesome has raised $795,191 for charity.  That’s the biggest Project for Awesome ever!  I love this project, and I’m thrilled that it did so well this year.

The Project for Awesome was started by YA author, John Green, and his brother, Hank Green, in 2007.  The event is held annually on December 17 – 18.  Here’s how it works:

1.       People create videos promoting their favorite charities and upload them to the Project for Awesome website.

2.      People vote for their favorite videos or charities.

3.      People donate money to the Foundation to Decrease World Suck.

4.      The ten charities that get the most votes (and are approved by the Foundation’s board of directors) split the money that the Foundation raised during the Project for Awesome.

5.      The charities do good work, and the world sucks a little less.

The goal of the Project for Awesome is to raise money for charities while promoting awareness of charities.  There are a lot of lesser-known charities that do great things and could really use donations.  The Project for Awesome and the Foundation to Decrease World Suck are run by volunteers, so there are very few overhead costs.  Almost all of the money raised goes to the charities.

In 2012, the Project for Awesome raised $483,296.  Each of the following charities received $40,500.

Office of Letter and Light / NaNoWriMo.  This charity organizes events that help children and adults get excited about writing.

Not Forgotten.  This charity partners with local ministries to help abandoned children in Peru.  They created my favorite video for the 2013 Project for Awesome.  I hope that they win again.

Wildlife Waystation.  This organization rescues and provides sanctuary for exotic animals.

Alzheimer’s Society.  This organization provides information and help to people and families who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Harry Potter Alliance.  This is a huge group of Harry Potter fans who work together to find creative ways to help the environment and stop poverty and genocide.

Save the Children.  This organization works to improve the health and safety of children all over the world.  John Green made his 2013 Project for Awesome video about Save the Children.

BGSU Dance Marathon / Mercy Children’s Hospital.  This is a program at Bowling Green State University that uses dance to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.  The money goes to support research funding, enrichment programs, medical equipment, and anything that will increase the quality of life for children in Northwest Ohio.

Uncultured Project.  This organization helps people who are living in poverty.

Techo.  This organization is working to end poverty and promote positive community development in Latin American and Caribbean slums.

Love146.  This organization works to raise awareness of human trafficking.

If you want to give money to a charity, please consider any of the charities above or participate in next year’s Project for Awesome.  I’ll let you know this year’s winners when they’re announced.

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