Thank you Chris Brogan. What would I do without a daily dose of your blog. It's in a folder in my reader called "Circle of the Wise," although I'm finding I'm less in my reader and following his posts via Twitter. I met Chris face-to-face at podcamp last year . He was the one who turned me onto Twitter a year ago.
This might seem so 1980's, but I saw Chris at a local social networking event last night for J. Owyang and I asked him to support my campaign in person. Hey folks, personal fundraising solicitations still work! And you'll rarely get turned if you're asking for a small amount. Seriously, I am hoping that Chris will share this blog on his Facebook profile (he has slightly over 1,000 friends) and maybe he will tweet about it too. I'm making a connection to Endowment Campaign donor cultivation practices and having an internal debate about how you measure the influence of one's social network. I'll flesh out later.
UPDATE: Wow, he's fast. He blogged it! Double Thanks!
Let's Send Leng Sopharath to College and Change Her World!
Contribute to my latest personal fundraising campaign to support Leng Sopharath, an orphan from Cambodia, for her junior year at college. My family has sponsored her college costs for her freshman and sophomore years.
Coming up with the $1,000 donation to the Sharing Foundation which manages the program is a stretch. That's why I'm asking for my friends on Facebook and beyond to help. I'm more than half-way there and can make it with your contribution $10 or $25 or $100 or more (the more you give, the quicker I can get back to my regularly scheduled blogging on other topics and client work and write up my learnings) Please share this campaign with your friends, we can change her life forever!
But don't take my word for it. Over the summer, I had an opportunity to meet her in person. In her dorm room, she had photos of our family and my letters to her on the wall. She spoke about how much our support makes a difference in her life.
To make it more enticing, if you are among the first 30 to contribute, I'll add you as a top friend on my Facebook profile. (Only if the app works, your privacy settings don't prevent it, and of course, we're become friends.) All contributors will be graciously thanked on my blog. I'm, of course, experimenting with person-to-person fundraising on Facebook and I'll share my learnings here.
Donate now. Spread the word! Share this link on your Facebook profile. Post this link on Twitter. Blog about it. Scream it from the roof tops!