I’m super excited to announce today the launch of the “AwesomeGov” Fund.
As I went full-time on GovLoop, I wanted to ensure that giving back and doing good was 100% integrated into our core mission, values, and operations.
I’m a big believer in social entrepreneurship – companies like Tom’s shoes that donate one pair of shoes for every pair of shoes purchased.
I want GovLoop to walk in that model and with the “AwesomeGov” Charity fund we will. To start, we are committing a minimum of 5% of all revenue in 2010 to the “AwesomeGov” Charity fund.
The purpose of the fund is to promote, highlight, and support “government awesomeness.” We will give the money away to a variety of causes whether it is in scholarships, training, charities, and more.
That will include building upon initiatives like the GovLoop Kiva group where over 65 GovLoopers have already come together to donate over $10,000 to charity. It may also include supporting established charities fighting poverty, non-profits promoting public service, and non-profit startups like Neighbors for Neighbors, Open Forum Foundation, and more.
And the cool part is it’s not up to me – it’s up to the community. We want your ideas on what we should do – where the money should go, cool causes to support, fresh ideas on doing more.
To kick the AwesomeGov fund off, we are launching a campaign from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15th where we will donate $1 for every new government member who joins GovLoop. And you get to decide where the money goes – submit a charity and vote for your favorite charity. It’s an old-school winner takes all – 100%.
So what can you do:
1 – Take 10 seconds right now. Hit that invite tab here and import your contacts and invite your friends. The more people that join…the more we give away
2 – Have a charity? Add your charity to the list and launch your campaign – spread the word to everyone you know who works around government to join GovLoop and vote for your charity. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you some tips as well…
Let’s have fun and do some good….