Employs Social Media To Raise Funds For Non-Profits

Share Article, one of the fastest-growing social blog directories on the Internet, launches a social awareness campaign to benefit on May 28., one of the fastest-growing social blog directories on the Internet, will launch a social awareness campaign to benefit on May 28. The campaign asks directory members (bloggers) to write about and raise funds for the non-profit organization. is a non-profit Web site that brings teachers and donors together to fund specific student projects that range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search teacher proposals and fund specific projects, which are tax deductible.

"Internet social networks from MySpace to Facebook are receiving a ton of media and Internet attention, but we have yet to see an online social community come together to raise funds for a good cause," said Anthony Berkman, president of "We see this as an opportunity to empower and recognize bloggers to collectively focus their blogs for good."

Berkman's idea is to challenge directory members to draw attention to and raise funds for this underserved non-profit organization. has set a goal to raise at least $25,000 for, which is a member of the Omidyar Network. The Omidyar Network is a mission-based organization established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam.

"We've asked our directory members to provide a specific link in their post so we can track the success of our program, but anyone can participate," says Berkman. "All they have to do is include our 'challenge link' in any post they write about on May 28 and the importance of raising money for our schools and they'll help us raise awareness about this organization and contribute funds to teachers across the country." The link is .

Berkman said depending on the success of the challenge, will develop a community service page to host and promote more blog events in the near future. All donations made to DonorsChoose.Org will credit the blogger.

"We've seen social media can be used to bring people together for all sorts of reasons; I really hope we can bring people together to do good," said Berkman. "Even better, this is a chance to find common interests within and across the Web." is the first social network directory to organize its members to raise funds for a specific non-profit organization. benefits school systems in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Donors can also choose school districts in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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