Thursday, February 26, 2009

Twitter Users Raise Money for Charity: Water

In these tough economic times, charities have been forced to be creative in their fundraising strategies. Social networking sites such as Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter are often mentioned as effective strategies for broadening donor base and reaching new audiences. Recently, Charity: Water, a non-profit working to provide safe, accessible drinking water to developing countries used Twitter to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for their cause. (Founded in 2006, Charity: Water has not been operating long enough to meet Charity Navigator’s criteria, so we cannot evaluate them at this time.)

Twestival was organized entirely by volunteers via Twitter. It brought Twitter users together in 175 cities around the world, giving them a chance to socialize off-line and in-person while also raising money for charity. So far the event has raised over $250,000 – still short of the ambitious $1 million goal, but with only 60% of participating cities having tallied their contributions, that figure is expected to rise.

1 comment :

Kitchen Plans & Kitchen Designs said...

It's great to raise money for those in real need in other countries of clean drinking water and I applaud your amazing efforts and generosity but don't forget yourself and others right here in America in the process.

More than 240 million Americans use water from contaminated public water systems every day, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that almost 1 million people in America fall ill annually from water contaminated with harmful microorganisms and about 900 die from drinking contaminated water.

According to Environmental Working Group, since 2004, testing by water utilities has found 315 pollutants in the tap water Americans drink, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) drinking water quality analysis of almost 20 million records obtained from state water officials.

More than half of the chemicals detected are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount. The federal government does have health guidelines for others, but 49 of these contaminants have been found in one place or another at levels above those guidelines, polluting the tap water for 53.6 million Americans. The government has not set a single new drinking water standard since 2001.

Physicians for Social Responsibility reports that over 75,000 toxic synthetic and chemical compounds can be identified in this country's water sources, though only a fraction of them are targeted for regulation.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently documented approximately 83,000 violations of water quality standards by municipal water systems, featuring over 21,000 contaminants, organic and inorganic, over the past 30 years, almost 200 of them already proven to be linked with adverse health effects.

This doesn't even take into account the known chemicals of chlorine and fluoride that is put into the water on purpose that have serious adverse health affects.

Getting a whole house water filtration system and a water ionization system for yourself will help you have access to safe clean drinking water as well.