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Mar 22, 2011

Many of you probably remember way back to the days of those "email petition" chain letters from well-intentioned friends that used to inundate our inboxes. They never reached their target and they never had any impact.

My mother used to send me those all the time, and it would drive me crazy... so one day we threw together a little service called ThePetitionSite.com to let any individual or nonprofit start a petition, collect all the signatures in one place, and make sure they got delivered to their intended target.

About 3 weeks later, a woman from Alaska named Dorothy Keeler started a petition on the site to protect the wolves in Denali National park. The wolves didn't realize there were park boundaries, so if they wandered outside they'd get shot.  A week later, Dorothy's petition had over 1,000 signatures, so she printed them out and delivered the stack in person to the Alaska Game Bureau - helping to convince them to create a buffer zone around the park to protect the wolves.  At that point we knew we were on to something big – and since then thousands of individuals have created petitions on the site, we’ve worked with over 700 nonprofit organizations, collected over 60 million signatures, resulting in countless victories.

I tell that story to illustrate just how much has changed in the past 12 years.  The world of online advocacy and fundraising has gone from ineffective chain letter petitions to helping elect President Obama, raising millions of dollars through mobile fundraising for Haiti and Japan, and even now bringing down entire governments in the Middle East. It's been an incredible time full of innovation.

To honor those individuals using online tools to advance their causes, we created the Care2 Impact Prize, which I was privileged to be able to present this past weekend at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C.

The prize recognizes someone who has made an outstanding impact on the profession of online advocacy, online fundraising or both. In winnowing down the pool of candidates to just five exceptional finalists, a panel of judges looked for individual contributions that were both measurable and influential, creating ripple effects to benefit the entire nonprofit sector. The nonprofit tech community then voted to determine who should receive the prize, which is a $1,000 cash award and an additional $1,000 donation to their favorite charity.

The five finalists were:

The winner of the 2011 Care2 Impact Prize is Phil Aroneanu, U.S. Campaign Director, 350.org.

Phil helped build 350.org into an international online organization to fight global warming.  The organization helped launch over 7,000 rallies across the globe on 10/10/10 - CNN called it "the largest day of political action in the planet's history."

Congratulations to Phil!

Here's a video we did with Phil shortly after he received the prize:

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 4:32pm
Aug 31, 2009
click to donateWe are happy to announce our new & improved free Click To Donate pages! Many of you have been clicking regularly for years, and on behalf of our nonprofit partners, we say “thank you!” for your compassion and commitment. 

We’re excited about the new pages, and hope you will be too.

A few highlights:
  • Faster page loads (yeah!)
  • Better navigation that highlights pages you’ve completed (yeah!)
  • A framework that will allow us to do more frequent updates (we'll keep you up to date as to how your donations are making an impact).
  • A fresh look and feel.
  • A Top Clickers page to honor all of you fantastic clickers.
  • A new Click To Donate to help wolves.
  • Susan G. Komen fund is our new Click for a Cure partner!

If you’re not familiar with our Click To Donate model, it’s simple: you click a button, and we make donations to support important causes.  How is that possible? That's simple too: Care2 finds advertisers to sponsor these pages, so you pay nothing. The advertisers want (passionate, caring) folks to see their ads, so they're willing to pay for your time.  Care2 members tend to support those advertisers through purchases down the line, which helps keep the model going.

The total amount donated depends on the number of individuals that are dedicated to making a difference by donating their few seconds to visit these pages each day.  The Click To Donate pages are a small but important part of how we make a difference at Care2 - helping Care2 donate in excess of $400,000 to nonprofits.    We've partnered with nonprofits who help turn these donations into maximum impact (and then track your impact for you to see).

I’d like to give my thanks to the Care2 employees who worked hard on these updates (Alex, Marya, Janna, Rebecca, Sabrina, Sudha, Martin, Chris and Bill in particular!)  and to the members who’ve been avid clickers all these years.  Thank you, and keep on clicking!
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