Thursday, December 1, 2011

My (Sorta) Annual Pay-It-Forward Giveaway

This being December 1st, I figured we'd start things off here in the true spirit of the holiday season - my looking more generous than everyone else.

OK, seriously, this is my actual purpose here - this morning, while all atwitter about Christmas card sending and present buying and holiday menu planning oh my, a faint voice of sanity reminded me that I might be getting off-course from the real meaning of the holidays. To help me right my Santa ship, I'm resurrecting again here a nice tradition an Invisible Internet Friend (who isn't blogging anymore, sadly) started - the "Pay-It-Forward" giveaway.

Here's the concept - I will be making one $50 donation to the charity of one reader's choice, in the name of whomever you designate, given the following guidelines:

1) Leave me a comment naming the charity of your choice, including your email address if yours isn't already linked to your Blogger profileand a brief sentence explaining why your cause is worthy. That's it; I remain allergic to contest entries that require you to follow a person here & there & recite the Gettysburg Address backwards or whatever.

I do ask that you consider doing this sort of giveaway on your blog as well, but of course there's no obligation to do so. If you do, please let me know so that I can link to it in a future post here.

2) Your charity must be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the IRS as such, ie, "American Red Cross", "Junior League of  X", etc. whose official, hoity-toity government sanctioned status can be verified by me. If you're outside of the US, impress me with some other official government sanction.

3) I reserve the right to eliminate any suspicious looking entrants/entries in my sole discretion. Sadly, "The League to Support My Handbag Habit" is not a valid entry; I know because I've already tried for 501(c)(3) status on that one.

4) Giveaway entries close on Sunday, December 4th at 11:59 pm, CST. I will select a winner via Random.org & announce the results on Monday, December 5th here. I'll email the winner to get the donation details squared away; if I don't hear back from you within 48 hours, another winner will be selected & announced.



From the bottom of my cold, unfeeling Ice Queen heart - thank you for participating. Mwah.

18 comments:

*jcg said...

The Oliver Gospel Mission in Columbia ministers to the homeless by providing food, shelter and spiritual direction. It's a great charity here.

Great giveaway, Mel!

Becca said...

This is like, really awesome.

Bert's Big Adventure. A non-profit organization who takes chronic and terminally ill children (and their families) on an all expense paid trip to Disney World. You can read about it here: http://www.bertsbigadventure.org/

duchessbelle said...

The Humane Society/ASPCA. Because those sad eyes get me every single time. (duchessbelles@gmail.com)

nestra said...

Your local Humane Society Shelter/ local animal shelter. There are so many animals that are mistreated or dumped that need our support.

AEOT said...

What an AWESOME idea. I love this. I have a gazillion things I would love to support (including my handbag/boat tote habit), but two that are really dear to me lately, so let me think about this just a little more. I'm impressed, lady!!

Jessica said...

International Crisis Aid - They do lots of work in critical areas of the world - food, water, medical care, etc. in Africa, for example - but I would designate the money for their sex trafficking work. They help rescue, shelter, feed, and educate girls caught up in the sex trade and they're trying to raise money for a safe house here in the U.S.

Good idea - I'll try to do this on my blog too!

Ziem Malkani said...

Young Women's Alliance Foundation

The Young Women’s Alliance Foundation empowers tomorrow’s female leaders by awarding educational scholarships for girls and women and providing grants to the organizations that serve them, ultimately inspiring all women to give back to their community.

Jane said...

What a great idea! I would say Kiva ... because that $50 donation would be loaned to someone who could start or maintain a business or something somewhere. It'd be the gift that keeps on giving ... with interest! :)

Sarah @ Bend it Like Becker said...

Oh my gosh... this is possibly THE greatest idea ever! I'll be doing one for sure!

I always come back to homelessness and hunger in my local area so I'll have to nominate the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC. They will have given 30 million pounds of food to people and families in need this year!

Thank you for being so gracious!!

Elz said...

What a great idea. There are so many charities I would love to throw a little extra cash to, picking just one-Candlelighters, a support organization for families with children who have cancer.

Maura said...

This is a wonderful idea! What a lovely gesture during the holidays. I will choose WorldVision, in Manda (Inside Dog's) name. She's running a half marathon and marathon to raise money for clean water in Africa. Running. I prefer writing checks, although my hips would probably prefer the running. :-)

http://support.worldvision.org/site/TR/TeamWorldVision/General?px=1169819&pg=personal&fr_id=1550

jennerilizations said...

Monarch Schools (go San Diego!) is for homeless children. In addition to school, there is a steel drum band composed of students who get to express their creativity through music. I came THISCLOSE to booking them for our wedding. They are SOOO good.
http://www.monarchschools.org/

Joelle said...

What a lovely giveaway! I'm trying to raise enough money to buy a bicycle for doctors and midwives through UNICEF this year {you can see me blog post on it here: http://www.whereweloveishome.com/2011/11/december-is-for-giving.html}. If I won, I would absolutely want to donate the money to UNICEF.

I just found your blog, and I absolutely love it! Hope you're having a fabulous weekend my dear!

xoxo,
Joelle

Perfectly Imperfect said...

This is such an awesome giveaway I say you give it to a homeless shelter n your area. They are always in need of donations.

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

Such a wonderful giveaway. I really hope I "win."

I would love to be able to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Shaina said...

This is such a wonderful giveaway, Mel!

My cause is the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation (http://woundedeodwarrior.org/). EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal - i.e. the military's bomb techs. They put their lives on the line every day - several times a day - to try and keep Iraq/Afghanistan safe for our troops, and they are frequently injured because of it. The Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation is incredibly awesome and we support them whenever possible. My husband is EOD so this hits especially close to home! xo

The Preppy Princess said...

Love this Miss Pretty. I would say Fisher House, because military families need all the help they can get when there is a serious injury and longterm care is needed.

BLC :o said...

Oh la la!!! Count me in and I think this is the best idea ever. How generous, touching, and seasonally appropriate!?! I would pick the Kidney Foundation. If I win, I'll share my story and why the KIdney Foundation is so so so important. Xxoo

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