Online fundraising site helps 10 students raise $50,000 for genocide

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A group of students from Boca Raton, Florida have launched a nationwide campaign to help end genocide. With the help of MicroGiving.com, an online fundraising site, they have now raised close to $50,000.

The organization started with just a few people but has quickly grown and raised almost $50,000 in just 4 years. I’ve learned that every dollar and every person who cares can make a difference in helping to stop genocide around the world.

Though school is out, a group of students from Boca Raton Community High School are still working hard by trying to stop genocide. After taking a Holocaust class, they started a fundraiser in their school and throughout their neighborhood selling colorful paper triangles, each in memory of a Holocaust victim. Although it started with just 10 students, their fundraiser has now launched in over 40 schools across four continents. Collectively, they have raised close to $50,000.

The fundraiser, called Triangles of Truth, works by honoring the name of a Holocaust victim on a hand-cut paper triangle. Each triangle is sold for one dollar and has the inscription: "I choose to help victims of genocide in Darfur today. I was not able to help then, I am willing and able to help now."

Now, the Boca High division has moved their fundraiser to MicroGiving.com, a fundraising site which enables users to create their own fundraiser and share it across their social networks. Since it went live, Boca High has already raised close to $4,000.

“The organization started with just a few people but has quickly grown and raised almost $50,000 in just 4 years,” said Tyler Connelly, a student involved in the campaign. “I’ve learned that every dollar and every person who cares can make a difference in helping to stop genocide around the world.”

The Boca High fundraiser has used a reward tier on the MicroGiving site to reward donors for their gift. For a $5 donation, donors receive a hand-crafted triangle which includes their name and the name of a Holocaust victim. For $25, donors receive all of the above, plus a special name recognition on the Triangles of Truth website. MicroGiving believes the rewards feature is a powerful way to show donors that their donation will make a difference by offering a something sentimental or that will give donors recognition.

Past proceeds from the fundraiser supported the Genocide Intervention Network and the Save Darfur Coalition. Recently, Triangles of Truth announced a new partnership with I-ACT and the United Nations Refugee Agency; the partners aim to build two pre-schools in refugee camps in Eastern Chad to provide an education and give food and water to more than 8,000 refugee children.

About MicroGiving
The MicroGiving Foundation, (http://www.microgiving.com) is an online fundraising site that enables anyone to raise money for anything. The site offers the ability to create a personal fundraising page and includes integrated social media ‘share’ tools which enable fundraisers to share their page with friends, family, and networks across popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The site was started in 2007 by Internet entrepreneur John Ferber, who recently appeared on ABC’s Secret Millionaire.

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