via Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog
Having implemented a successful campaign to raise the money to support a young college student named Leng Sopharath in Cambodia that raised $872 using the ChipIn widget, I set up a charity badge over at Network for Good to support the Sharing Foundation's educational programs which provide educational opportunities for over 1,300 children.
First, let me tell you a little bit more about the Sharing Foundation's educational programs.
Leng Sopharath represents the top of the tier of the Sharing Foundation's educational programs. In order to get to the point of sponsoring young people for college, the Sharing Foundation begins at the pre-school level with a Cambodian version of a Montessoui Pre-School in its orphanage in Roteang Village. The foundation also sponsors a "head start" program for the children of the poorest villagers who work in the Foundation's organic program that provides the families with needed income. In the local village school, the foundation runs an English Language program that is teaching over 500 children to speak English. The Foundation also provides capital improvements such as a new roof, a new library, and pays for school supplies.
The village school stops at the elementary level and if students want to continue in high school, they must travel into the Phnom Penh and pay tuitution, a luxury most villagers can't afford. The Sharing Foundation sponsors over 40 high school students - their tuition, transportation, uniforms, and supplies. Last year, our first "class" of high school students graduated and ten students passed the entrance exams for college, including Leng Sopharath. This year, another ten students are being sponsored for college, but not all have been fully sponsored like Sin Vuthey.
Now about the badge.
You can upload personal photos, text, and video. You can select the recipient from the charities registered on Network for Good (I selected the Sharing Foundation and donations go to TSF via their NFG account). The main incentive for me to set this up was that you can also create it through Yahoo!’s Network of Giving campaign and the Sharing Foundation could receive up to $50,000 in matching funds, plus publicity on Yahoo!’s web site. Great publicity!
One thing I forgot to add .... this is a beta release. That means there are bugs to fix and lots of learning too. So, be sure to review the Network for Good Charity Badges blog for updates and other information.