GLIDE Launches Powered By Love Fundraising Contest with Leading VCs and

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Ten winners to meet all-star investors.

I built to provide innovative organizations like GLIDE free and easy to use tools and robust data analysis that maximize their online fundraising potential - Tom Serres, CEO and Co-Founder

GLIDE, a leading charity and beloved San Francisco icon, is launching Silicon Valley: Powered By Love, a unique online fundraising contest that will give 10 winners a chance to meet with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest investors.

The contest, which begins today and lasts until January 7, challenges the tech community and entrepreneurs everywhere to raise money for GLIDE’s efforts to alleviate suffering and break the cycle of poverty.

The top five “Fan Fundraisers” – along with five randomly selected donors – will win an opportunity to sit down with Silicon Valley all-stars: Mike Maples, Kevin Rose, Eric Ries, Tim Ferriss, and John Occhipinti. The grand prize, which will go to the person who raises the most money for GLIDE, also includes an invitation to watch a San Francisco Giants game in the SV Angels’ suite, an experience with the investor of his or her choice, and roundtrip airfare to the Bay Area. “It is the ultimate opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to support a terrific cause and earn a chance to meet with some of the top minds in Silicon Valley,” said Mike Maples, Managing Partner of Floodgate.

The contest is held on’s fundraising platform at:

“I built to provide innovative organizations like GLIDE free and easy to use tools and robust data analysis that maximize their online fundraising potential,” said Tom Serres, CEO and Co-Founder of

Leaders of GLIDE say they are excited that the platform will help the community raise funds desperately needed to fight poverty. “We are powered by a vision that is supported by nearly thousands of individuals a year, we are there for people and families to help alleviate their suffering as they return from crisis to full lives of work, family and community. We work to change the way we all view the poor, to experience the humanity between us,” said GLIDE Founder Reverend Cecil Williams.

“We are excited and honored that will help GLIDE and it's extended community use their technology as a platform and effective network for raising funds that are desperately needed to fight poverty. By uniting the power of technology and innovation with the power of love,” says Amy Errett, Chair of the GLIDE Board and Maveron Venture Capitalist. She believes that this campaign will help those who need it most. “This is how the world can change.”



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Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for 50 years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves – providing a range of holistic services from serving over one million free meals a year, to providing affordable housing, free or low-cost state-of-the-art healthcare along with dozens of other programs that help to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice – inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance.

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