Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and I'll be sharing a reflection about this campaign in the coming days for sure.
Bora Vuth and Sampy Y are two Cambodians who are attending graduate school in other countries, on scholarship. They know personally the power of getting an education in a country like Cambodia and know that even at $10 donation to purchase a uniform will make all the difference in the world for that child.
I connected with them and other Cambodians who are attending graduate school through various fellowships and scholarships on the social web, I think first through Facebook. I've known them "virtually" for a while and they've always a contributed a little bit to my fundraising campaigns for Sharing Foundation. Most recently my birthday cause.
I've been writing a lot about the return on investment of your blogging (and social media use) and how so many things are hard to quantify - like donor relationships. Laura Lee Dooley pointed me to this wonderful post called "Strategic Serendipity of Social Media" that talks about how the collective brings serendipity and how difficult that is to measure but it has value. There's something here about a new way of creating a culture of giving with your network and how social networking tools and social fundraising is not just transaction donations, but over time you create this collective relationship.
I pledged to donate 10 x my age or $520 if the Sharing Foundation's Cause get's to $5,200 my by birthday. Right the cause stands at $4139 with $1061 to raise before it automatically (gulp) charges my card. (My giving style) Of that, $2175 has been donated through my birthday cause.
Tomorrow is the big day - so if you haven't had a chance to wish me happy birthday - do it now.
And remember, a gift of $10 will make a huge impact for a Cambodian youngster.