Fifty For Fifty Recap

AVC regulars have probably noticed that the Donors Choose widget is gone from the right sidebar. That's because the month of August 2011 has come and gone and the Fifty For Fifty campaign is over.

It was a smashing success.

365 people donated a total of $54,028 (as of right now) and helped over 10,000 students by funding programs that connect these students' families to their classrooms.

10,000 students is a lot of kids. And these are mostly kids who need some help. Their teachers thank you, I thank you, the Gotham Gal thanks you, and I sure hope their families thank you.

There's a meetup for everyone (all 365 people) who gave to this campaign as well as me and The Gotham Gal and some folks from Donors Choose on November 9th, from 6pm to 8pm, at the USV Event Space. The Meetup page is here if you'd like to attend.

Finally, I promised to post a list of all donors along with their Twitter handles. I will do that once I get the list from the Donors Choose team.

In closing, I just want to say that the outpouring of support on this campaign is deeply appreciated by The Gotham Gal and me. We could not have asked for a better 50th birthday present. Thank you.

#hacking education

Comments (Archived):

  1. David Noël

    Congrats again – $148 on average per donor is quite impressive. 

    1. fredwilson

      I hadn’t done that math. It is very impressive

      1. Aaron Klein

        It is impressive, and it doesn’t even count all of it – I went back later to pick other projects, and must have gone through organically, because some of our later donations didn’t get counted under the 50 for 50 campaign.So your efforts actually raised more than you thought! Happy birthday, and I meet even be in NYC that week, so I’m hoping to make it to the meetup.

  2. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    By doing so you have shown to the world what a tribe can do on the net for a simple cause.Congrats and may god make you live for 123 years  :-).

    1. fredwilson

      That’s a long time!

      1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

        was referring to the worlds documented evidence of living … 122 … yah i know it is hard to live in this era after 75 … happy living and help others live ….

  3. William Mougayar

    Very well done. I still wished the Donors Choose model could expand internationally to other parts of the world where this approach would make a ton of difference. 

    1. fredwilson

      Me too

  4. JimHirshfield

    You’re very good at combining business and charitable causes. Have you thought about a line of food products? Say, Wilson’s Own Balsamic Vinegrette (after tax profits go to charity). The other guy that did that was also married to a Joanne. ;-)Congrats on the raise and happy birthday again.

    1. RichardF

      same good looks for the label too…

    2. fredwilson

      He was much better looking than me!

      1. Donna Brewington White

        You fishing for a compliment? 😉

        1. fredwilson


  5. RichardF

    Love to attend, unfortunately probably a bit far. Although MrsF  wouldn’t take any persuading with the incentive of shopping in NYC.

    1. Donna Brewington White

      And she and I could do tea!That is, if I come.  Not quite as far for me though.

    2. Cam MacRae

      Yes, 24 hours door to door for me! Used to be no problem, but I’m getting lazy…

  6. William Mougayar

    I hope you’ll have better snacks than at the school.With Gotham Gal’s involvment, our expectations are higher 🙂

    1. fredwilson

      We will certainly try

    2. Matt A. Myers

      If where I end up staying has an oven I will bake a bunch of banana bread to bring! 🙂

      1. Mark Essel

        Well that’s a good reason to track down that meetup page.

  7. awaldstein

    Congrats…pleased to be a part of this.

  8. Chrs

    It’s one donor for each day of your 50th year. It has a nice resonance to it. Well done and thank you for your own generosity.

    1. fredwilson

      I like that

      1. daryn

        idea: put a widget on your site for “donor of the day” highlighting one of the 365, which links to an ongoing DC donation page.

        1. fredwilson

          i think i need to give this community a rest from giving

          1. daryn

            Fair enough, I like the effect of a campaign versus a slow drip in driving awareness, but keep in mind that we give because we want to, not because we’re asked to. The ask is just a nudge.

  9. Eric Friedman

    Congrats on hitting the mark – 10k students is a huge number.

  10. Ben

    Fred, my son’s (age 4) favorite book at present is Zen Shorts — a children’s book ostensibly about a giant panda named Stillwater but in fact about the principles of Zen Buddhism. It is amazing that such a book even exists!Anyway… the most evolved character, Stillwater’s uncle Ry (a polar bear), gives gifts TO all his friends and relations on his birthday.This is just a long way of saying happy birthday and thanks for letting us participate in the gift you’ve given.-Ben

    1. fredwilson

      That’s something to aspire to

  11. Rohan

    10,000 students is great! Congratulations Fred!

  12. Ryan

    Looking forward to it.

  13. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

    That’s great. Not a very original comment I know, but worth saying.

  14. Cindy McLaughlin

    Hi – I love that you’re doing this; is there a way I can contribute something?  

  15. Dale Allyn

    Cheers! and congrats! to you and The Gotham Gal, Fred. It was a great way for you to apply your influence. You’ve assembled a fine community. 

  16. Donna Brewington White

    Wonder if I could convince my husband to spend our anniversary in NYC? BTW, congrats on a successful Fifty for Fifty Campaign!

  17. markslater

    Congrats to you and the wife on this.

  18. ShanaC

    wow, 10000 students!

  19. EmilSt

    This campaign inspired me to add a whole new fundraising layer/option to the marketplace we are building right now. Maybe we can even integrate with Donors Choose. Great!

  20. mikenolan99

    Great job Fred – and Happy Birthday!

  21. Steven Kane

    see you at 60 for 60