Monday, April 29, 2013

The Huffington Post, Half the Sky Movement, The Skoll Foundation and CrowdRise Launch “The RaiseForWomen Challenge"

The Huffington Post, Half the Sky Movement, The Skoll Foundation and CrowdRise Launch “The RaiseForWomen Challenge”:

A Global Fundraiser to Help Women-Focused Nonprofits Gain Resources and Recognition 

New York, NY – April 29, 2013 – In an effort to spotlight women who are changing the world, The Huffington Post, Half the Sky Movement, The Skoll Foundation and CrowdRise have partnered to launch“The RaiseForWomen Challenge,” a global fundraising competition for women-focused nonprofits. 
For six-weeks, beginning April 24, more than 75 nonprofits from nearly 50 cities will compete to raise the most money for their cause.  Partners will provide a variety of resources and incentives – such as blog platforms, celebrity interactions, and cash prizes – to put a global spotlight on the Challenge.
  • The Huffington Post will invite “RaiseForWomen” participants to blog about their causes and efforts, and will promote the challenge on social media platforms.  Select nonprofits will have the opportunity to appear on HuffPost Live to discuss their programs that benefit women;
  • Half the Sky Movement, inspired by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, will engage its 1,400 campus and community ambassadors, activists, and celebrities in the Challenge;
  • The Skoll Foundation will give $25,000 to the top-raising nonprofit, $15,000 to the second place nonprofit and $10,000 to the third;
  • CrowdRise, the crowdfunding platform co-founded by Edward Norton, will be the platform used to run the Challenge.
An additional $25,000 in cash incentives will be awarded through “Bonus Challenges” throughout the Challenge period.  Money raised in “The Raise For Women Challenge” will be updated in real-time

For additional information, see this blog by Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; and this HuffPost Live conversation between Huffington; Robert Wolfe, Co-Founder of CrowdRise; and Mikaela Beardsley, Executive Producer of Half the Sky Movement.
“RaiseForWomen” follows the “JobRaising Challenge,” a similar competition by The Huffington Post, The Skoll Foundation and CrowdRise, which raised nearly $1.5 million for 70 participating job-creating nonprofits.  

About The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. The Huffington Post has 46.2 million monthly U.S. unique visitors (comScore January, 2013) posting over eight million comments each month. The site has over 30,000 bloggers -- from politicians, students and celebrities to academics, parents and policy experts -- who contribute in real-time on the subjects they are most passionate about. The Huffington Post has editions in the UK, Canada, Quebec, France, Spain, and Italy.

About CrowdRise
CrowdRise is a crowd-funding platform for people and organizations to raise support for charitable causes. CrowdRise’s core principles are that people have unprecedented power to use the power of networks to leverage their personal capacity and that raising money for charity and giving back should be fun.
CrowdRise’s custom-built platform and game theory, as well as the company’s proven record of designing innovative crowdfunding strategies, provide individual fundraisers, charities, and events with powerful tools to raise the most money for their causes and share compelling philanthropic stories with their personal networks. The site lets anyone turn their friends into an active base of donors for any cause and lets any organization, company, or event unlock untapped leverage out of their existing platform.
CrowdRise topped Mashable’s list of “Most Innovative Crowdfunding Platforms” and was named a “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s. CrowdRise was founded by actor and activist Edward Norton, producer Shauna Robertson, and the founders of Moosejaw, Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe. Thousands of charitable organizations, events, celebrities, and everyday donors have made CrowdRise their philanthropic base for giving back.

About Half the Sky Movement
The Half the Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to not only raise awareness of women's issues, but to also provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women. Change is possible, and you can be part of the solution.

About The Skoll Foundation
Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, its mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world. By identifying the people and programs already creating positive change, Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society.
Over the past 13 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $358 million, including investments in 97 social entrepreneurs and 80 organizations on five continents. In addition to grant-making, the Foundation funds a $20 million+ portfolio of program-related and mission-aligned investments. Skoll also operates the annual Skoll World Forum, the premier conference on social entrepreneurship, and shares the stories of social entrepreneurs through partnerships with leading film and broadcast organizations including the PBS NewsHour and the Sundance Institute, to drive awareness of social entrepreneurship and its potential to address the critical issues of our time. For more information, visit

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