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Do it for the children

Submitted by on 1, October 6, 2008 – 11:00 amNo Comment

Former AEFfer Kris Murray needs your help.

See, Murray, who helmed the nonprofit Alameda Education Foundation for nearly three years, is now a deputy director for Donorschoose.org, a website that helps connect teachers who need classroom project materials with folks who are willing to pay for them.

They’ve made it to the final round of a contest American Express is sponsoring, in which the credit card giant will give $2.5 million to five projects that will make a positive change. They’ve beat out nearly 1,200 other projects to get here. And they need your vote to put them over the top.

As of Sunday night, just five projects were left, and Donorschoose.org’s project – to give 100,000 kids in low-income communities across America books, art supplies, technology and other educationally enhancing materials – was ranked second in the voting. They’ve got a week to get their votes in for the top prize, which is $1.5 million (they’ve already secured at least $100,000). Winners will be announced on October 14.

Right now, Donorschoose.org is listing 22 projects from Alameda’s schools that need funding, including science kits, cameras, books and basic supplies. And if the satisfaction of helping the kids isn’t enough, it sounds like they’ll send you some real nice thank-you letters.

If you’re looking for more information about Donorschoose,org, they’re here; for information on the Members Project and to vote, click here (Murray’s project is here). I think you need to be an AmEx cardholder to vote.

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