In early November I blogged calling for nominations from readers for the Kiwiblog 2010 charity. There were roughly about 80 nominations which makes me think this is something really positive to fuel some great offline events and fundraising. More about these plans in the New Year, but basically there will be four components:
- 10% of gross advertising revenues to go to the charity
- Online link to dedicated donation page, and updates on charity’s work
- A number of fun offline events as fundraisers
- Seeking businesses interesting in doing matching donations
I narrowed the nominations down to a five organisation short-list based on the original criteria I stated:
- Charity must be based in NZ (but can have international focus)
- Should have broad appeal, and be relatively apolitical
- Should have national relevance, not local only, and be topical
- Should actually deliver services of some kind, not just advocacy
- Should be reportable – as in the ability to keep people interested in the work they do with regular updates
Those that did not make this year’s shortlist are not necessarily out of contention for future years.
It is now time to put this short-list to a public poll.
Please use the poll in the blog sidebar to indicate your choice for the 2010 charity. Voting closes at midnight on New Years Eve. 2010 candidates in alphabetical order are:
- Alzheimers New Zealand Incorporated
- Fred Hollows Foundation
- New Zealand Red Cross
Please remember that this process is designed to select a charitable beneficiary by majority vote from the community here. It is pointless for the vote to be skewed by what we can only call “campaigning” as the cause needs to be one that feels right for the people who naturally assemble here!
All five charities are great causes, and I expect over time many of them, if not all of them, will get to be Charity of the Year at some stage – if the concept proves worthwhile by having people get behind it.