It's that time of year again. There's a chill in the air, the airways are bombarded with commercials for glue, rulers, and notebook paper, and children across the country are filled with a sense of foreboding, nervousness, and excitement.1 It's back to school season.
Here at The Generation Project, the start of the 2010-11 school year is particularly exciting, because it's going to be the first full year in which we're up and running. Just as exciting, we're expanding to schools in New Orleans and the Bay Area this year, meaning that there are hundreds of thousands of new students that can benefit from our donors' ideas and generosity.
So, to celebrate the start of the 2010-11 school year, we're launching a very special campaign here at The Generation Project. We've set aside $20,000 of the money we won in the Chase Community Giving challenge, and we're going to use that money to double the impact that you want to see.
Here's how it works: starting now, and continuing until the $20,000 runs out, we are going to duplicate every new gift designed through The Generation Project. So, for example, if you design a gift for $100 to start a soccer initiative, we'll put an identical gift on the site--but we'll fund it at no cost to you. In essence, with your $100, you'll have started two soccer initiatives for the price of one. That means two different teachers, at two different schools, with two different sets of kids can benefit from your ideas, your passion, and your generosity.
So, start generating ideas for how you can make this a great back-to-school season, because we're going to double your impact. Want to start a chess team at a low-income school? Act now and you can start two. Have you always wanted to share your love of Harry Potter books with students in need? Act now, and you can share the magic with twice as many kids. Or if you just want to make sure kids have a great experience in math, history, or science, act now...and twice as many kids will benefit.
To get started, sign up for an account, log in, and select the "design a gift" icon at the top of your Philanthropist's Page. You'll be guided through a quick and easy set of questions that will allow you to start making a difference in the lives of high-need K-12 students. Once you've paid for your gift, we'll credit a duplicate gift to your account within 48 hours.
1. Our official stance here at The Generation Project is that school is awesome, and wonderful, and is something that every child should look forward to. Nevertheless, we have heard that there are some children who do not see the end of summer vacation as the tremendously fun event that it is. Please help us convince these misguided children otherwise. Sign up, log in, and design a gift that will help make learning fun!