I have a personal challenge for you: Provide a small donation for a classroom teacher who has posted a purchasing wish on the Donor’s Choose website. I’ve created a custom giving page for “Moving at the Speed of Creativity,” and I’m considering what type of incentive to offer if readers and contributors reach a specified level of giving.
The September 28th post on the DonorsChoose blog suggests:
Offer to do something wacky if your readers reach a certain level of donations. Last year, the blogger behind TomatoNation.com offered to dance through Rockefeller Center dressed as a tomato if her readers funded all the projects on her challenge page. It worked.
I’m not sure I’m up for dancing through Penn Square mall dressed up in a funky costume, but who knows? Maybe such a ploy would bring in the bucks for a handful of Oklahoma teachers wanting to purchase digital cameras for use by their students in class?
Consider the following request offered up by a 1st grade Oklahoma teacher:
Pictures will help us remember our learning activities and projects, and help me reinforce learning objectives and procedures. Unfortunately our classroom camera was stolen last year and we are unable to record the events in our classroom. Our parents don’t have extra money in their budget to help buy a replacement camera.
A new camera, that would be locked up safely, would help us record our work. Once the pictures are downloaded, they can be printed on my photo printer/scanner, and added to scrapbooks that will go home at the end of the year. The pictures would also be saved to my SnapFish account so that we can create class books that demonstrate action words, classroom procedures, and community involvement.
Got any suggestions for a wacky offer I should make to promote DonorsChoose contributions? This sounds like it could work into a great opportunity for StoryChasing and having another member of my family document the event with my flash-based camcorder. 🙂
If you have your own blog or wiki, consider setting up your own giving page for others on DonorsChoose and posting a linked widget on your site.
Thanks to Scott McLeod for bringing the DonorsChoose blogger challenge to my attention.
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