Archimedes Alliance's 14-year-old founder turns $2 donations into $40,000 to fight poverty. Julien Leitner is determined to allow anyone to be a philanthropist.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
How does a $2 donation become a $40,101 charitable gift?
It happened thanks to the inaugural award from Archimedes Alliance , a web and social-media driven charity initiative founded by 14-year-old Julien Leitner with the mission of raising money for not-for-profits $2 at a time. The donation to global anti-poverty organization Outreach International triggered matching gifts effectively doubling Archimedes Alliance’s $21,700 contribution to $40,101.60.
The donation is a major milestone for Archimedes Alliance, which was launched just one year ago on the principle that a large number of small donations can have a profound impact on the world, and transform the ways in which people can make a difference. Julien, then 13 years old, created the non-profit with the ultimate goal of raising $2 million dollars through one million two dollar donations.
“I want to make it possible for anyone to be a philanthropist, including young people like me, and people who don’t have a lot of money to give,” said philanthropist and founder Julien. “If we pool our resources we can change the world for the price of a bag of potato chips.”
“The donors to the Archimedes Alliance campaign voted for Outreach International, and we now have over $20,000 we were able to donate to their cause,” Julien explained further. “The exciting thing is we will continue to raise money and donate to these worthwhile organizations until we’ve reached our goal of giving $2 million to charity.”
Julien is an advocate for philanthropy and a musician, and is seeking to leverage his music to drive further support for Archimedes Alliance. His rap, “Fight for a Cause,” will soon be available to donors and will be released on iTunes with all proceeds going to the next winning charity.
Kevin Prine, Ph.D., president and CEO of Outreach International noted that "there are many of us who won the lottery by being born in a time and place about which billions of people past and present can only dream. Yet, abundance alone doesn't yield the happiness humanity seeks. We recognize that there is joy in the creation of sustainable good, especially when it is done as part of a community of like-minded individuals. A growing percentage of young people seem to intuitively grasp this concept - Julien Leitner and his creation of the Archimedes Alliance is a perfect example. Further, he illustrates what can be done when entrepreneurial action is applied to a desire to do good. The more than $20,000 from hundreds of donors has created a village of people with a common desire to make the world a better place. The contribution from Archimedes will impact almost 1,000 people living in poverty. Even more important, however, is the viral effect our work has on other communities as those living in poverty see the possibilities that are being accomplished by their neighbors. This will impact families for generations to come.”
Archimedes Alliance Donation Process
Site donors get to vote for one of three not-for-profit organizations, with the “winning” charity being awarded the proceeds raised through Archimedes Alliance. The three organizations being announced for the second round of fundraising are: Choice Humanitarian, Village Reach and Charity: Water. All participating charities benefit from the positive exposure, and the ability to invite direct support from the Archimedes donor community for their cause.
Archimedes Alliance itself donates 95% of all funds received, requiring only 5% of total budget for operational expenses.
Julien named the organization after Archimedes, the Greek philosopher and mathematician who said, “give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the Earth.”
Donors can follow Archimedes Alliance through its website, http://www.archimedesalliance.org, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArchimedesAlliance, Twitter: @ArchimedesAll and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/archimedesalliance?feature=watch.
About Archimedes Alliance
Archimedes Alliance was founded in 2011 by then-13-year-old Julien Leitner with one simple goal: to change the world, $2 at a time. Leitner is committed to the belief that by getting 1 million people to donate $2 he can change the paradigm of philanthropy and move the earth. Archimedes Alliance is built “to encourage and promote philanthropy on the broadest possible scale by providing a vehicle through which a large number of people of ordinary means can collaborate to make a significant positive impact on the lives of others.” The organization is based in Portland Oregon and was named after Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer, who lived from 287 BCE – 212 BCE. All contributions are processed by the Charitable Partnership Fund (CPF) a 501(c)(3) public benefit organization.
About Outreach International
“We permanently abolish poverty. For over thirty years, Outreach International has authentically partnered with thousands of families and their communities who have found the power within themselves to end their own poverty instead of depending on handouts. They go on to help friends and neighbors do the same. The people we serve accomplish permanent change by creating their own systems of clean water and sanitation, food security, schools, basic health services, and economic opportunity. These tangible outcomes occur and become lasting because our work with the intangible destroys the poverty mindset. Lasting change flows one direction - from the inside out."
Dr. Peter Leitner, peterleitner(at)earthlink(dot)net, (503) 913-7966
Julien Leitner: julien(at)archimedesalliance(dot)org
Outreach International: http://outreach-international.org
Andrew Betts, Director Communications and Marketing, a.betts(at)outreachmail(dot)org, (888) 833-1235