Dear Caravan to Class Friends,
We are due to leave for our trip to Mali in one week’s time and will not be back until early 2012. Therefore, I wanted to take this time to thank you very much for your support for Caravan to Class during 2011, either through general donations, Mira’s project, contributions during our Global Giving campaign or general support.
It has been about 10 days since we launched our Global Giving “Challenge” campaign to complete the balance of funding for our second school in the village of Mora, outside of Timbuktu. Due to your amazing support, out of 275 small charitable organizations competing in the Global Giving campaign, Caravan to Class is currently in first place in funds raised and in the lead position to earn an additional $3,000 bonus grant from Global Giving. http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/global-open-challenge/
Part of our strategy with the Global Giving campaign is 1) to be able to list our projects on a major charitable giving site, 2) to broaden our outreach beyond friends and family donors. We are happy to say that so far, the strategy is working. Specifically, a bit more than 50% of our donors during the campaign are new to Caravan to Class and 28% of all donors are outside of our friends and family community, ie. unaffiliated donors.
With the amount we have raised so far during the Global Giving campaign and some additional commitments for later in December, we will likely have enough funds to begin planning our third school in the village of Amachachar roughly 20 miles from Timbuktu. Finally, for those of you who use Facebook and have a few moments, I wanted to ask if you would consider the following:
1) “Like” Caravan to Class
2) hit the “F share” button at the bottom of the page on the following link:
http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-mali/ Caravan to Class can earn additional grant funding from increasing our Facebook shares.
Again, thank you for all you have done for Caravan to Class. You should feel good knowing that Caravan to Class’ successes mean more education, increased literacy rates and greater tolerance in a forgotten part of the world.