Edmonton Foodbank Fundraiser a (Modest) SuccessPosted: December 21, 2009
So a couple of weeks ago, I saw a tweet that the Edmonton Foodbank was in need of donations due to a huge increase in need this year and thought that I would make a donation from our boot-strapped bank account. Then I got to thinking that maybe I could solicit a few more donations and increase the amount headed their way and launched a collector page on Kapipal. Using Facebook and Twitter I spread the word, sometimes relentlessly, to raise a modest $250.00 in outside donations that Tooq would match, essentially doubling each contribution.
My little campaign seemed to lurch and stall a whole lot the whole way through. Our first donation was from a former boss in Mountain View, California (thanks Chris), then a stall. My wife pitched a pretty generous amount and a few dollars from a former coworker came in, then a stall. Things really died down after the first two days (at about $95.00) and I figured that we would end up donating $250.00 anyways, plus the $95.00 we had collected. A few days later I made one final push and the Edmonton tech community came through in spades and we reached the $250.00 mark (Thanks to Chris L, Mack, and Dustin for putting us there).
The collector site happens to be in US dollars and of course Paypal takes a generous cut of the donations. With the conversion, and Tooq making up the Paypal fees, we have raised $263.45 CAD. With our matching up to $250.00, we are happy to be donating $513.45 to the Edmonton Foodbank.
I’d like to thank everyone that made a donation, large or small, for helping those in need this Christmas season. I’m not mentioning full names as I haven’t cleared that with everyone and some may prefer to remain anonymous. To anyone else following on Twitter, Facebook or the blog, please forgive my withdrawal from the old “social capital’ account in pushing for donations.
Lastly, if you happen to be in the position to do so, please remember those in your community that may be in need and make a donation of time, money or goods. Every little bit helps. If you would like to make a donation to the Edmonton Foodbank, you can do so here: http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=5969
If you are not in Edmonton and want to find a charity close to you, this site may be of help: http://www.charity-charities.org/
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,