Fifty For Fifty Update

On August 1st, we launched the "Fifty For Fifty" campaign to raise $50k for classroom projects that bring families closer to the classroom.

Twelve days in, we've raised just over $27,000 from 137 donors.

That's better than half way to our goal which is fantastic.

I'd like to thank all of those 137 people for their generosity.

And in an effort to encourage more of you to participate, a few updates are in order.

First, The Gotham Gal and I will be doing a meetup in November in NYC. Anyone who gives to the campaign will be invited to attend. This will be like the meetups we've done for past Donors Choose campaigns but we'll host it in the USV event space instead of the public school cafeteria where we've done the prior ones. I will be back with a specific date for the meetup in a few days.

Second, I am going to blog the names and possibly twitter handles of everyone who gave to this campaign. I will wait until the end of the campaign to do this. If for some reason you don't want to be listed, let me know.

Bringing families closer to the classroom is such an important part of education and I'm super pleased that we've already raised $27,000 to fund those efforts. Please consider joining the campaign and getting us to our goal of $50,000.

#hacking education

Comments (Archived):

  1. Rob Ganjon

    monetizing your network for charity – i like it.  I just donated.

    1. fredwilson

      thank you. i also give all the ad revenue to charity. this blog monetizes for me in other ways and it monetizes very well!

  2. William Mougayar

    OK. Done. That’ll be the 3rd year. 

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Done too. 2nd year in a row. 🙂

      1. fredwilson

        thank you!

    2. fredwilson

      thanks William!

  3. Vladimir Vukicevic

    Great cause Fred. The positive ripple effect that closer family involvement in education has within the community is immeasurable.

    1. Vladimir Vukicevic

      Done. 2 out of 3 – not bad.

  4. aminTorres

    I wish more people with strong online/offline communities got involved with these types of initiatives.  The fact that this comes from a trusted source speaks highly to credibility on behalf of the organization. Specially to people who otherwise are – in general – skeptical about giving money away.

  5. SL Clark

    The meetup sounds awesome, but like everyone else, you misspelled NYC. Your fingers should have typed Honolulu…. 😉

  6. Tony Bacigalupo

    The wonderful technologies we have today make it easier than ever for parents to better educate their children. Improving our educational system is a worthy cause, but a child’s parents are still by far their most important teachers. This angle is not focused on nearly enough; bravo for calling more attention to it!

    1. fredwilson

      i saw your donation tony. thank you

  7. Nick Giglia

    Donated – 3rd year in the row.  Enjoyed chatting after the Mets game and look forward (as always) to the event.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks Nick

      1. Nick Giglia

        Anytime – of course I really hope this is like 09 and the gathering is the night the Yankees win the World Series.

  8. mikenolan99

    Done – I think this is year two?

    1. fredwilson

      this is actually year four or maybe year five. i need to check on that

  9. Robert Thuston

    Good to see so many people stepping up for the cause.  I love the idea of the meetup.  It’s a great opportunity, and I’d enjoy getting up there and meeting you and Gotham Gal.  I’m optimistic about you all reaching the mark.  It’s a good cause and good timing… because, you know, Fifty-one for Fifty-one just doesn’t have the same ring to it

  10. awaldstein

    DonorsChoose makes me feel good about giving. I’ve already received my thank you from the teacher on the project.Little chunks of dollars go a long way in a personal fashion. This works for me.

    1. fredwilson

      the thank yous are so important. they are what originally sold me on DC

  11. Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    Fred, your hacking education posts are awesome. I do strongly believe that education is key to good society and positive progress, but often find that the people with the most to give back haven’t been presented with an easy enough route to do just that.Thanks again.

  12. karen_e

    I have not given every year that you have done this because my industry got hammered by the recession and we have a new baby. But just this week I got a great new job (after eight inside interviews!) so am able to spread a teeny bit of money around. As I have said many times in these parts, the education I receive from this community has done wonders for my professional life. I read and absorb the posts and commentary and really enjoy translating the trends for my industry. Happy Birthday to the Wilsons. I hope your August is splendid.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks so much karen

  13. abbashaiderali

    Done.  My wife is a teacher and is always encouraging me to do participate more in education related causes.  So I get to help and win points with the spouse 🙂