Q: What's DonorsChoose.org?
A: It's a super cool site where teachers can submit proposals for special projects they need funding for. Whether that's books, art supplies, technology, a field trip, musical instruments, or anything, the common thread is that our so-often underfunded schools can't provide them, so teachers have the choice to pay for this stuff out of pocket, or go without. DonorsChoose provides a third option—asking others for help. The way it works is, you (the donor) find a project to support, and then you donate part or all of the funding needed to fulfill the proposal. The teacher gets the supplies, the kids get a cool learning experience, and the donors are thanked with photos and handwritten letters.
Q: What's the Challenge?
A: Every fall, DonorsChoose lets blogs and websites create a Giving Page of projects as part of its Social Media Challenge; this year the site is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The participating bloggers then blog/Tweet about the challenge, and their readers donate to the chosen projects. DonorsChoose keeps a leaderboard so the partcipating blogs can see whose readers have given the most. It's a fun way to work together and raise awareness, especially at the beginning of a new(-ish) school year. And this year we're battling our friends at MaximumPC for leaderboard supremacy!
Q: What kinds of projects are on MacLife.com's Giving Page?
A: Lots of fun stuff! This class in California needs an iPod touch. This elementary class in Michigan wants a Mac mini for the library. An early childhood center in South Carolina needs art supplies. And this teacher wants to rock her classroom's world with everyone's favorite educational supertoy: LEGOs. (C'mon, we know you wish YOU had LEGOs at school.)
Feel free to email me at susie at maclife dot com if you want to suggest a project that we should add to our Giving Page. Maybe something from your home town or state -- or if you're a teacher, one of your own projects. Don't be shy; we'd be happy to add it.
Q: How can I be eligible to win a prize?
A: Just donate to any of the projects on our Giving Page -- any amount, even just $1. DonorsChoose will email you a receipt (your donation is tax-deductable), and then you can forward that receipt to me at susie at maclife dot com. I will let you know that I've received it, and you are thereby entered in the random prize drawing held at the end of each week.
One entry per person, per week. Feel free to donate as many times as you like, but each individual donor will get one entry in each week's drawing.
Q: What's the timeframe for this? I need to wait until payday...
A: I'm giving away a prize pack at the end of every week. To enter, just forward me your email receipt by 11:59pm Pacific Time on the Saturday of the corresponding week. Week 1 entries are due Saturday October 9. Week 2 entries need to be in by Saturday, October 16. Week 3 entries by Saturday, October 23. Week 4 entries by Saturday, October 30. The winner will be announced the following Monday. And watch MacLife.com for bonus prizes throughout the month!
Q: Can I enter if I am outside the United States?
A: Sure. DonorsChoose accepts credit cards from outside the U.S., so you should be able to make a donation and then forward me the receipt. If you have problems, email me at susie at maclife dot com, and we'll get them worked out.
Q: I have more questions.
A: Email me at susie at maclife dot com, and I'll do my best to answer them!
Thank you all for reading, for donating, and for making a difference!
Blogger Challenge Prize Giveaway rules: The sponsor of the contest is Future US, Inc., 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (“Sponsor”). Entries must be received by 11:59pm PDT on Saturday to be eligible for that week's drawing (week 1: Saturday October 9, 2010. Week 2: Saturday October 16, 2010. Week 3: Saturday October 23, 2010. Week 4: Saturday October 30, 2010.). Winners will be determined by a single random drawing of all valid entries held on the Sunday following each deadline. The decision of Sponsor shall be final and binding and within its sole discretion. Winners will be notified by email within ten (10) days of the drawing.