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Hey, bloggosphere, I know you know about this by now, and I know you're overwhelmed with us begging, wheedling scabbers bloggers, but this is cool right?
Donor's Choose is letting the Science Blogosphere drum up supplies for underserved teachers and their pupils. Seriously, I fucking cry everytime I log on to the damned website. It's heartbreaking to see how desperate some of these groups are. And heartbreaking it will be when i trackback everyone who looked at the page and didn't immediately click on the Tideliar's Donors Choose widget on the right hand side...go look, it's there, I checked. Right under my Twitter feed.
Now go do the right thing and donate. Find a science project you believe in and give some money to a good cause. Find one that is running out of time and donate to them. Find one near you and donate to them. Give $10 to 10 causes, or $365 to one and think, that's only $1/day to you.
But donate you will, because as other bloggers have offered positive reinforcement, so I offer their opposite. You don't donate after reading this, I'll find you. And I'll make you wish you'd just clicked the little link and given a couple of bucks to someone who really needed it instead of tipping the d00de at the coffee shop because he gave you extra cinnamon on your pumpkin latte.
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To fuckken right. Show me the money. I posted this over at the Martial Arts forum I'm a regular at too, so I could have 35,000 enraged Martial Artists coming down your DSL looking for the 'excuse' you have for not donating a pint of beer and a loaf of fukken bread to a worthy cause.
Remember how I made some disparaging remarks about the English (Poms) in my first video? Tideliar tracked me down and... well... here's the result:
Dude, I do not respond well to sticks, only to carrots. Cinnamon carrots. With whipped cream. You give me no cinnnamon on my whipped cream= no money to your projects!
Money instead went to people who picked BETTER projects (w/reciept forwarded to Julie in the hopes of cinnamon cookies).
@Odyssey: ooh I warned you! I actually have fun (sociopathic?) memories of mum being in traction when she slipped a disk in...1985, maybe? Seeing in her hospital and being told off for yanking her spinal traction.
@Becca: ooh snap! Well, like i said elsewhere, all I want is projects funded. I figure it's worth having fun with and we have a couple of weeks to go yet. If I'm the last ranked blogger, I'll be pissed, but I want to know you chose a project from one of us and child got a hand up.
"Find one near you"
I would if I could, dude, I would if I could. Any idea if the organisation plans to take this awesome idea international at any point?
@Cath, I spoke with Anna, the Manager wo has helped allt he Science bloggers organise the Science Bloggers fr Science Challenge. I asked her about any thoughts on expanding the fP intom other countries.
Here's her reply:
To answer your question, we do not have plans to grow internationally right now, as we're focused on maximizing our efforts here. Right now, we have at least one teacher in 1 in 3 public schools in the US. We want to expand our reach in the United States, and become experts at supporting teachers domestically before exploring international expansion.
That said, we are committed to sharing best practices and lessons learned with folks who are interested in starting up nonprofits of a similar ilk or in other fields/countries. If your family or friends fall into that category, please encourage them to reach out to us.
Thank you for your help in spreading the word about DonorsChoose.org and your interest in our programs. We’re so blown away by the generosity of the science blogging community already – and it’s only a few days in!
All the best,