Easing the fundraising pressure

'Not having to ask directly takes the pressure off'

Rhode Island’s charitable community is now feeling the full influence of the Internet and actor Edward Norton’s successful 2009 New York City Marathon fundraising campaign for a Kenyan nature reserve. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



FOCUS

Easing the fundraising pressure

'Not having to ask directly takes the pressure off'

Posted 3/26/12

Rhode Island’s charitable community is now feeling the full influence of the Internet and actor Edward Norton’s successful 2009 New York City Marathon fundraising campaign for a Kenyan nature reserve.

The star of Primal Fear and The Incredible Hulk wanted to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust and with three colleagues created a social networking site to do it.

A year later, the site helped the ING New York City Marathon raise a record $33 million for charity, up from $24 million the previous year and $18.5 million in 2008. That caught the attention of race promoters around the country, including Eident Sports Marketing in Providence, which signed up with the website that Norton and colleagues created, called Crowdrise.com, for the inaugural Citizens Bank Pell Newport Bridge Run last year.

Encouraged by the results, this year Eident is creating Crowdrise pages for the Cox Providence Rhode Races, which kick off May 6 in the Capital City.

“We were impressed with what they did at the New York City Marathon and reached out to them,” said Eident Sports Marketing Vice President Matt Gray. “For us it’s a win-win. The charities get more money and exposure and our event is associated with raising more money.”

Crowdrise and other social media platforms for charitable giving, like Firstgiving.com, are dramatically changing how people raise and donate to charity, both here and across the country.

For years, companies and individuals have promoted their charitable causes on social networks like Twitter and Facebook and many large charities connected to events have sophisticated websites for collecting donations.

But dedicated charity sites like Crowdrise aim to make raising money for charity entertaining and addictive.

The sites not only provide Web pages for charities to collect contributions and show real-time tallies of donations from top givers, they also provide pages for individuals to promote and raise money for a slew of their favorite causes just as they might promote their favorite bands on Facebook.

Next Page
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News