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You've started hearing from bloggers here and around the blogosphere about the DonorsChoose campaign in which we're trying to raise money for science classrooms around the U.S. Officially, the campaign starts on Sunday, October 10, but the donations are already starting to come in. I'll have more to say about this awesome opportunity in the days to come. However, to kick things off, I am going to throw down a challenge.
Mrs. L teaches middle school science at a large school in Chicago. She wants to introduce them to forensic science by giving them a chance to perform a rat autopsy! Carolina Biological Supply will fund half the project, if individual donors chip in the rest. My first donation went to this project, so that leaves only $112 to fully fund the project. Here's my challenge to readers: Let's get The Rat Stuff fully funded by the end of launch day--11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, October 10!
*I have in mind to offer a surprise to a randomly selected donor, but as this is my first year doing this, I have to see how it's going to come together logistically.
How do you contribute to this great cause and get your chance at a cute water molecule? Go to my giving page. (At any point during the campaign, you can get there by clicking on the sidebar widget under "Awesome Stuff".) Then make your donation. It's that easy. Every little bit helps, so if you can give a couple of bucks, give a couple of bucks. If the Rat Stuff is fully funded when you show up, don't despair! There are plenty of projects to choose from!
So what are you waiting for? Go! Get to giving!!
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I couldn't find any "awesome stuff" there. Can you please help BB.
Got it. Did it.
Thank you for for this opportunity.
You are welcome BB. But, I thought I am in your group to donate. But later realized that I made an individual donation. How to make it count under LS?
We're still learning our way around. In theory, if you land on a blogger's giving page and proceed from there, there should be "challengeid='number'" appended to the url, and donations should show up under that blogger's tally. It does take a little time for the boards to update. I know they are experiencing some bugs with the setup--I don't know if losing the connection to the giving page at donation is one of those. Individual donations usu. show up as "Joe from Timbuktu" whereas as challenge donations show up as "Joe from Timbuktu supporting Blogger's Awesome Giving Page". Yours is a strange hybrid, showing up as "Prabodh from TX supporting" and the rest is blank. I would suggest contacting DonorsChoose through their help center to see if they can sort out the problem; your donation ID number is listed on the receipt, which can be accessed via your DonorsChoose account. Please let me know if you learn anything! It is certainly something we need to be sure is sorted out, as HP will be matching donations through our giving pages during the campaign (so more $$ for students!).
I will work on it and let you know.
Prabodh, the point person for the campaign at DonorsChoose has moved your donation so it will count on my tally. It should show up soon. Thanks again :)