The very first Project for Awesome was organized in 2007, and has been held annually on December 17-18 every year since. During Project for Awesome, thousands of people post videos about and advocating for charities that decrease the overall level of world suck. As a community, the Vlog Brothers promote these videos and raise money for the charities. In 2012, the community raised over $400,000 and ten charities were granted $40,500 each. Legally speaking, the Project for Awesome is a project of the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, Inc. a Montana based 501(c)3 charitable organization.
The 2013 edition of the Project for Awesome is now underway! On December 17-18, YouTube channels will upload videos promoting their favorite charities. Then people will get to vote on which videos they think are the best. After the voting closes, the charities promoted in the top five videos split all the money they raised over the year. 100%, less the cost of perk manufacturing, shipping, Indiegogo‘s fees, and merchant (credit card) fees will go towards charity. Everything will be packed and shipped by volunteers, and no one is paid even a single penny for any work related to the Project for Awesome or the Foundation to Decrease World Suck. The VlogBrothers are running a live stream of the event. Click on the link to view the live event!
So how can you help raise money for charity? The Project for Awesome has an Indiegogo campaign running until December 21st. Contributors will receive various gifts for their donations including The Men of YouTube and Women of YouTube calendars. Project For Awesome t-shirt and poster, commemorative coin, chance to win a signed copy of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, chance to win a flamingo shoe, various artwork, and other signed books! There are plenty of gifts you can choose from! So what are you waiting for? Click on the link to donate!
For more information on the Project for Awesome and to vote for your favorite videos go to: http://projectforawesome.com/. So far, over $300,000 has been raised! I also want you to vote for the Alabama based YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay and Destin’s charity in Peru called Not Forgotten. Vote at: http://bit.ly/ClickThisToHelp and donate at: http://bit.ly/HelpNotForgotten Here’s the video!
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