Thursday, January 20, 2011

We Did It!

Dear friends, family, and supporters of the PC Project (and especially those of you who are all three),
We did it!
$1,500 in 15 days was a tall order, but we did it --with an extra $30 to spare! It started on New Year's Eve, when Zack set up the PC Project on some of the social media fundraising sites he'd vetted. He then announced that he would personally match all donations given that night. Thanks to the generosity of the fantastic Smith and Brown '09 grads there that night -- who mostly, as one might expect, are working at non-profits or are knee-deep in grad school -- we raised $340.

Then it was off to the races, as my family, Zack's family, JJ's family, volunteers past and present, friends, and even people I'd never met all donated. Students and professionals made donations ranging from $5 - $200, and it all added up to success.

When we return to the orphanage the first week of February, it will be with three desktop computers. We'll get them up and running before the start of next semester, so that the 33 kids at the Daejeon Salvation Army Children's Home can have a better shot at graduating high school.

Thank you so much -- I can't wait to post pictures and updates when we're back in a couple of weeks!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fun Facts About Donors

All kinds of people have been donating to the PC Project. People from New York, California, and Wisconsin, from Korea and Saudi Arabia. People who are students, doctors, musicians, teachers, lawyers, environmental activists. And they've made a range of donations, from $5 - $200. Here are some fun facts about donors and donations:

  • 20% of donors are graduates of Brown University
  • 15% are graduates of Smith College
  • 20% are people I've never met
  • 65% are women, 35% are men
  • 10% were born in Korea
  • 15% are currently enrolled in grad school
  • 20% are attorneys or law students
  • 24.7% of the money raised so far is from donations of $25 or less

PC Project - $1000 down, $500 to go!

Thanks to a $50 donation from 아기 곰 Ashley Stoffers, who has my thanks for not only that but also for being the volunteer through whom I connected with the orphanage, we've crossed the $1,000 mark.

In only 6 days, with Zack Langway's social media savvy and donations and support from a truly fantastic group of family and friends, we're 69% of the way there.

I have all the confidence in the world that we'll make it to the finish line. You can keep up with our progress in real time on http://www.crowdrise.com/koreakids (and I'll probably put up excited posts when other donations come through!)

I am so, so excited for the day that I get to show up at the orphanage and tell the director that we've succeeded in getting computers for the kids, especially in time for them to use them for the new school year!

If you can help, make a secure PayPal donation here.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Update on the PC Project

I'm still working to raise $1,500 by January 15 to buy 3 computers for the kids at the Daejeon Salvation Army Orphanage. You can see pics and blog entries from the very beginning of my time volunteering at the orphanage if you click on this link .

A big THANK YOU to Zack Langway, social media expert extraordinaire. He took some time today to introduce me to some great tools to help get the word out about the PC Project. You can check out one of those by clicking on the widget below, which will take you to the brand-new "Causes" page for the PC Project.

Just like donations made through the main website, donations through the "causes" page are made through registered 501(c)3 nonprofit KKOOM.