Can Virtual (Online) Connections Create Actual Global Change?

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Global Non-Profit Seeks to Link Social Networking and Social Enterprise...

The International Humanitarian Foundation, Inc. (IHF) is using the power of Facebook and Myspace to reach one thousand people interested in its work. Facebook alone has over 70 million active users and is among the six most trafficked sites on the web. The average age of these users is 23 years. The IHF $10x1000 campaign is seeking one thousand people with online connections to the young volunteers who make up the IHF to donate $10 each. The proceeds will expand IHF's reach in the developing world and support the next-generation of social entrepreneurs.

"Social networking has the power to effect change in our world. We can reach the people we know will be interested in our work in a viral manner," IHF President Amish Parashar.

"We want to tap the energy of a young population with deep beliefs about social justice. Social networking can be about both keeping in touch with friends and making a difference in the world," IHF Executive Director Heidi Jutsum.

The IHF $10x1000 campaign is being launched today across a few select social networking sites including and While it is difficult to predict exactly how quickly the IHF will reach its goal of one thousand new donor-participants, the foundation is confident that it will happen rapidly.

The impact of the campaign goes far beyond financial support for global work with grassroots partners. By using social networking to reach one thousand people the IHF is relying on trusted introductions to expand its reach. Most donors are anticipated to be between one and three degrees away from IHF volunteers.

For more information on the campaign, visit: or

The International Humanitarian Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates on the principle of true partnership with grassroots organizations worldwide. The IHF empowers communities to create their own lasting change by forging partnerships between these communities and students and young leaders in the US.


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