Too good to be true?

We do a lot of work for not-for-profit organizations and charities. Some are well-organized and have stable funding, like the Ontario Home Care Association, the legal aid clinics in Guelph-Wellington County and Hamilton, the Alzheimer Society and the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Assocation. Some are religious organizations like the local Anglican, Catholic and Lutheran Churches, or the Congregation of the Resurrection. Still others are smaller, spirit driven groups like the Canadian Centre for Leadership and Human Values. There’s a special pleasure that I take from helping these groups serve their members and communicate their unique messages to the world.

Then there’s Michael Jahn and The Charity Post. Michael came to us over six months ago with an idea that he had to help charities raise money. He wanted us to create a website where people could come every day and vote for a charity of their choice. At the end of every week the charity with the most votes would win money.

But wait… there’s more! On Sundays those same members come back and enter themselves into a draw. The winner, chosen randomly, also wins a cash prize!

Though some in our offices were sceptical of the site’s ultimate success, we were all bouyed by Michael’s enthusiasm and passion. The site is now built, and it works!

There is only one problem. In our world of hardened cynics, Michael is having a difficult time convincing charities that the site is legit! Though it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t; this is the real deal. I know, because we built every part of it. Truth is that the site will only work better and be able to give away larger sums of money to charities and members if more people get involved.

So, if you’ve got a favourite charity, tell them to go to thecharitypost.com, sign up, and then get their members to vote for them.

It’s that easy. It’s that fun. Sometimes the best things in life ARE free.

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