Social networks are a great way to raise money for good causes. Just look at Nie Recovery – the family’s plight made national news because bloggers banded to raise money for a family they had never met.
MySpace and PayPal are using a new widget to help nonprofits gather donations on social networks.
To participate, go to www.myspace.com/paypal and create a customized widget that can be virally copied and replicated on anyone’s MySpace page.
MySpace: “We’re proud to work with PayPal to democratize philanthropy and show the power of small donations to drive big results.”
The MySpace IMPACT Channel page is at http://impact.myspace.com.
I’ve been working with uPlej – another company that is helping to democratize philanthropy by getting people to pledge under $5 a month to a wide list of charities.
From now until October 13, 2008, PayPal and MySpace will award the person who raises the most money through the fundraising widget two tickets to the Grammys, and will offer non-profits the chance to win $20,000 in cash.
They are also giving away Flip Video Mino Camcorders to the individuals who raise the most money every week (and I really want a Flip Video Mino for Christmas). Right now the top people have under $300.
That means I have a chance – and decided to try it out. It’s pretty easy to add. See the widget at Newspapergrl’s MySpace page and donate to the cause. I personally know people who have earned millions through Internet Marketing. I always encourage them to give back (and many do).
The list of nonprofits is a little quirky, but I chose, “I’m too Young for This!” Cancer Foundation. This is to honor of my friend’s daughter Serenity who has Leukemia.
The MySpace IMPACT / PayPal fundraising widget is being promoted by celebrities.
So far these celebrities have promoted causes on their MySpace pages with the widget:
* The Jonas Brothers: www.myspace.com/jonasbrothers
* Miley Cyrus: www.myspace.com/mileycyrus
* Hilary Duff: www.myspace.com/hilaryduff
* Vanessa Hudgens: www.myspace.com/vanessahudgens
I was suprised to learn that “more than 100,000 non-profit organizations use PayPal,” and 200 more join each day. This is a great idea – my only wish is for a broader list of nonprofits to choose from.