$100 Giveaway

Today, I’m giving away $100. And I’m giving one of you the ability to choose who gets that $100. Today, we’re paying it forward.

We live in a world of wants. We make Amazon wish lists. We want new camera lenses. New clothes for fall. Tickets to sporting events. UGG boots. An iPad. (It’s possible I’m talking about myself here.)

We’re human, we want things. However, there are so many people that need things. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but today, in the wake of remembering how lives were forever altered by the events of 9/11, in the wake of hurricanes and floods, after a spring of deadly tornadoes, we remember how many people are in need. And then there are the events you never hear about. Parents who can’t afford treatments or the time off of work for their sick children, the parent who loses a spouse with children to raise, and so many others.

We all hold causes close to our hearts for one reason or another. I donate every year to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because they were a huge help to our family when my dad had to travel from Pittsburgh to Boston for a bone marrow transplant, and continued to provide support after he lost his battle to a lung infection after the transplant.

Maybe your cause is breast cancer. Or heart disease. Diabetes. Autism. Cystic Fibrosis. Tornado victims. Earthquake relief in Japan. Bloggers Without Borders. There are so many things that touch each of us in so many ways. Maybe you’re training for a marathon in the name of a cause and want this $100 put toward your fundraising goals. Simply, this $100 will go to helping someone who needs it.

So how will this giveaway work? It’s easy!

To Enter: Leave a comment sharing the charity or fund where you would like to have the $100 donated.

Deadline: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 11:59pm.

Winner: As with all giveaways, the winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. I will donate $100 to the charity or fund indicated by the winning comment.

Disclaimer: Giveaway sponsored by Brown Eyed Baker. Charity or fund must be an established organization with a formal way of accepting donations.


417 Responses to “$100 Giveaway”

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  1. Jamie Marshall on September 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I support a local organization called Outdoors for All, which provides outdoor recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and would love to have an additional $100 go towards this great cause!


    • Cindy Clampett on September 12th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      My $100 would go to Faith Presbiterian Hospice. They are an amazing organization that helps a person pass peacefully from a body full of disease and pain into our Father’s Heavenly Home. They have massage therapists, acupuncturists, music therapy and many more ways to help with the pain. They are a kind loving organization supporting the entire family. 


    • Lainey on September 12th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation (CJSTUF) was founded by friends of mine, Roger and Rachel Reynolds, after they lost their 4 year old daughter Charlotte to a brain tumor. CJSTUF provides financial assistance to families with children battling chronic and life-threatening illnesses. This is a growing foundation, and any donation would go a long way to providing relief to families struggling to support their children during an illness.


  2. Amanda on September 12, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Ronald McDonald House. A very sweet little girl that I know has been housed in one for the last 8 years of her life fighting brain tumours. They have done so much for her and her family and many many others.


    • Sonya on September 12th, 2011 at 9:43 am

      I agree! The Ronald McDonald House is amazing. I volunteer at the one closest to me making meals for the family’s that are staying there. It is a humbling experience listening to the family talk about what they are going through.


  3. Heather on September 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

    MSF (Doctors Without Borders) – they do amazing work.


  4. Jamie T. on September 12, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I would love to donate the $100 to HRC (Human Rights Campaign) which helps provide equal rights to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual AND Transgender people. I know what it is like living in an unequal world and organizations like this help to create and spread equality.


  5. Erin on September 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

    We support our local church but some of that money is sent to Lutheran World Relief, so I would say to donate to them. They serve a variety of needs from agriculture, children, healthcare. They also have an online store that sells fair trade coffee and chocolate as well as handmade items from artisans around the world (some pretty cool gift ideas). They support small loans for women to start up local businesses to provide for their families as well. Additionally, the have been recognized by charity watch groups as a good charity to donate to as a larger portion of donations go directly to help others instead of to administrative and PR/advertising costs.


  6. Jen on September 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, ON.

    Friends of ours found out in June that their daughter (born December 2010) has a cancer called Wilms Tumor, and has already had to have one of her kidneys removed, as well as continuing to have radiation and chemotherapy. So many stories lately of little, little kids having cancer. Babies shouldn’t know what cancer is.


  7. Barbara de Vries on September 12, 2011 at 12:20 am

    The American Red Cross. My husband is in the military and we are stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. Without the Red Cross’s help we would not have been able to travel home when my mom passed away.

    I would also give to the American Cancer Society for research. I lost my mom to cancer. She was diagnosed in October 2010 and passed in December.


  8. Mary on September 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    The Greater Chicago Food Depository. I donated a dollar per pound when I hit my first 100 pounds lost, because it was really humbling to think that every day, I choose what healthy foods I want to eat, and I choose not to eat too much. Some people don’t have the choice of *if* they can eat. 37 percent of people served by the GCFD are children under 18 – that’s heartbreaking.


    • Tamara on September 12th, 2011 at 2:31 am

      Congrats on your weight loss…I need to begin that journey myself. I am going to consider doing something similar. :)


  9. Megan on September 12, 2011 at 12:35 am

    If this entry wins, I would like to give the donation to Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE). This charity helps women in developing nations.


  10. Jorie Kapp on September 12, 2011 at 12:35 am


    Last Halloween, I began to have a lot of weird symptoms, including numbness in one foot, one hand, and one side of my stomach. After months of testing and multiple doctors, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This disease is poorly understood, and research is ongoing of a cure. I hope that your $100 could go to MS research through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    Thank you,



    • Shannon Paul on September 12th, 2011 at 6:55 am

      My six year old has down syndrome and my husband is a big part of a group called DADS (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome). They are a wonderful support-type group!


    • liz on September 12th, 2011 at 11:41 am


      i was diagnosed in 2005…if you need sometime to chat with, please email me (lizzythebotanist.at.hotmail.com). i think i’ve got a pretty good handle on my MS and have lots to share. good luck!



  11. Skim on September 12, 2011 at 12:40 am

    One days wages. They do a great job of getting as much money to people in need vs to administrative costs. There is a project now to get food to people in famine ravaged parts of Africa.


  12. Michelle on September 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I’d give it to the Thurston County Food Bank. My daughters and I volunteer there once a month, packing up sacks of food for kids to bring home in their backpacks Friday evening, so they won’t come to school hungry on Monday mornings. It’s call the FORKids program, and it deserves every bit of help and support that it can get. :)


    P.S. – I think it’s wonderful that you’re doing this! :)


  13. Amy Ferguson on September 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I would like to donate to the money to charitywater.org we have wonderful food to eat and more importantly, clean water. i can hardly believe that some people do not have access to such a basic need.


  14. Katie @ NYCitified on September 12, 2011 at 12:44 am

    After reading Long Way Gone a few years ago, my charity of choice is UNICEF. If you haven’t read it yet, Ishmael Beah’s story is 100% inspiring. Please consider making a donation to UNICEF so that other children can avoid becoming child soldiers.


  15. Amy Ward on September 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

    No one ever talks about this one. Crohn’s and Colitis. It is a shame-based disease that effects the bowels. People don’t like talking about it or hearing about it, but it can rob you of your life as you know, make you home-bound, and de-socialize you from friends, lovers and family. The CCFA (Crohns Colitis Foundation of America). I have never seen an Oprah show about it, and the most famous people we have that will (almost) talk about the disease is Camille Grammer, Shannon Doughtery and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley. If only we had Michael J Fox! (in terms of awareness).


  16. Hannah on September 12, 2011 at 12:54 am
  17. Katie on September 12, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Normally I skip over blog giveaways, preferring to let someone who really needs it win, so this giveaway is one that really speaks to me. Without a second thought, the charity I would donate the $100 to is the Wounded Warrior Project.


  18. blair on September 12, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I would give half of it to here: www. releasethefear. org
    and the other half to here: www. genesiscity. org

    I entered spaces after the {dots} in hopes that I don’t get sent to the spam folder since there are technically three links in my comment.

    The kids these agencies serve enrich my life each and every time I work with them. They are often dismissed as being too scary or too late to help, but the success stories I have witnessed are amazing.


  19. Sarah Richardson on September 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

    What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you!

    If this entry is picked, I would like to have the money go to The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts.

    As a 501(c)3 organization, programs and services of The Academy are designed for motivated individuals who desire the most from their efforts in the performing arts. We are committed to creating a positive learning and performing experience for all participants, and to providing members with the knowledge and inspiration to take their art to the next level.

    Our Programs
    The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts attempts to assist and enhance current school programs and fill a void in some areas of public arts opportunities. Each year we serve over 500 children of all ages and adults who are young at heart in our programs that include: “The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps”, “The Academy Independent Winter Guard”, “The Academy Summer Youth Guard”, “The Academy Winter Youth Guard”, “Arizona Wind Symphony”, and “Academy Arts Entertainment”.


  20. Tara on September 12, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I’m an little biased…I work for a non-profit organization, but it’s one that I would support even if I worked somewhere else. I work for Boys Town California – a site of the original Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska – which was founded way back in 1917.

    We work in Orange County, providing residential treatment programs to at-risk youth who have been removed from their home by juvenile justice. We also have an in-home program for families suspected of abuse and neglect. We provide skills and materials to help families get better.

    I love my job – I love my organization. Thank you so much for contributing to ANY organization. In this economy, it’s difficult to give, but it’s also difficult to provide support to those who need it most.


  21. Kristen on September 12, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Phoenix Children’s Hospital would be my choice. They are part of the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals and they saved my niece’s life.


  22. leanne on September 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I love this! I’d love to have $100 donated to the San Diego Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program.


  23. Courtney Miller on September 12, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I would like to see this donation go towards The Water Project. It is an organization that works to provide a clean water source to people in Kenya, Sudan, Sierra Leone, and India. Through this organization a $100 dollar donation would provide two families with clean water =)


  24. Rhyann on September 12, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I would donate to the American Cancer Society. After having several family members suffer from cancer, I feel a special place in my heart for finding a cure.


  25. Tiffany on September 12, 2011 at 1:53 am

    My charity of choice is the March of Dimes. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

    My son was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing only 1 lb. 15 oz. He spent 4 months in the hospital and many months and years after that overcoming premature related conditions. He is now 6 and 1/2, healthy, and a typical child.

    Every year, half a million babies in the U.S. are born prematurely. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and many life long disabilities.


    • Amy on September 12th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      I’d also choose March of Dimes. My twins were also born early and spent a month in the NICU. March of Dimes is so important in helping with premature birth. My twins are now 5 years old and healthy, thanks to the excellent NICU they were lucky enough to be in. Not all babies are so fortunate, through no fault of their own.


  26. Nicole on September 12, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I would donate the $100 dollars to the ASPCA. We are animal lovers and someone has to help them.


  27. Maria on September 12, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I would donate it to the Liz Logelin Foundation. I have been a blog reader of Matt Logelin’s for a few years now and though I support his foundation, I haven’t made a donation, so this would rectify that.


  28. Ashley Keeney on September 12, 2011 at 2:27 am

    This is a special giveaway! I would choose the American Cancer Society.


  29. Abby on September 12, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I would donate the $100 to S.A.I.N.T.S. Animal Shelter. It’s a sanctuary for senior and sick animals, and they have dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, chickens, birds, cows, horses, sheep, pigs, and a llama. It was started by my friend’s mom, who also works as a full-time nurse, and it is run entirely on donations. They also tell you where your money is going, whether it is for food, upkeep, vet bills, or paying the staff.


  30. Tamara on September 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I have been following two blogs and both little girls are fighting the battle of their lives…CANCER. Children should just be able to be kids and have no worries. These little ones are forced into maturity beyond their years. Not enough research is done for childhood cancer. So, I would want the $100 to be donated for research specifically for children with cancer. St. Jude Hospital or something like that…


    • Amanda on September 12th, 2011 at 12:13 pm


      I love St. Jude! I got to visit while I was in college for a Tri Delta Leadership seminar and it was an incredible experience. That place makes miracles happen. So glad my sorority raises money for such an extraordinary cause.

      Every year around Thanksgiving, St. Jude hosts walks in cities across the country. Maybe there is one near you.


  31. Allison Day on September 12, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation – my brother has battled (and survived) leukemia twice – when he was six and thirteen years old, so that’s a foundation that means a lot to me.


  32. ileana on September 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I would love for it to go to Family Building Blocks in West Salem, Oregon. This organization is a child abuse and neglect prevention program. They provide therapeutic classes for children 6weeks – 3 years old & home visits, parenting education, and other services for their parents. They’re amazing!



  33. amy marantino on September 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

    i support the Ronald McDonald House of central NJ. http://www.rmh-cnj.org/


  34. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on September 12, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I would split it between the American Cancer Society (my grandfather passed from cancer) and the ASPCA (for their unconditional love).


  35. Mari on September 12, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I would have it donated to Stop Slavery @ http://www.stopslavery.org


  36. Jess on September 12, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Oh, I would without a moment’s hesitation donate it to CASSIE’S Fund at the Parke-Vermillion County Animal Shelter in Clinton, IN. This fund kept my little puppy dog alive for the first 3 months of his life and 3 years later I can’t imagine life without him. You know those “Who Rescued Who?” magnets? Yup.


  37. Sandra K on September 12, 2011 at 5:11 am

    This is such a wonderful thing! I’ve enjoyed reading through all the worthy organisations. I can think of a lot of amazing charities that I’ve had contact with and I’m going to nominate the Samaritan’s Purse – in particular the Operation Christmas child appeal. As a church community we have been putting together shoe boxes full of gifts for children that may otherwise never receive any gifts: ever. Lots of people all around the world are involved in it. It is a wonderful pay it forward organisation and that’s what your post made me think of.


  38. Diane Borden on September 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

    A little nine year old boy I know has been battling stage IV, high risk neuroblastoma since 2005. He has relapsed once again. The I Back Jack Foundation provides support for Pediatric oncology research.


  39. Debbie on September 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is my charity of choice. Four years ago my then 19 year old son had to have open heart surgery. The cardiac unit at CHOA was very helpful when we needed them.


  40. Lisa on September 12, 2011 at 6:05 am

    4-H Therapeutic Riding-Rainbow Center http://www.rainbowriding.org

    They keep kids with disabilities in the saddle as well as work with kids from the juvenile detention center in the District of Columbia. The connection between children with disabilities and the horse is absolutely amazing. My child is has severe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder which caused permanent brain damage. For 45 minutes each week she is engaged and focused and experiences uninterrupted joy.


  41. Marisa Cibirka on September 12, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I would donate the money to the Smile Train. They are an international charity that provides cleft palate surgery to those in need. As a dental hygienist, I have seen so many children suffer from this facial deformity and the doctors who give them back their smile is amazing.


  42. libster on September 12, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I think I would have to suggest the American Red Cross. The Northeast was hit so hard with Irene and then the heavy rain from tropical storm Lee. Or, look at the poor folks in Texas that are dealing with the drought and fires. Wherever you decide to send this money, I hope it stays within the US. THere are many right here in our own backyards that could totally use any little bit that is offered. Thank you, this is such a wonderful idea……a very tough decision for you to make after reading all of the posts.


  43. Kel on September 12, 2011 at 6:18 am

    The ALS society — my dad had ALS and died all too quickly. Thank you.


  44. Missi F on September 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I would love for the Community Relief Organization (CRO) in Mount Holly, NC to get the money. We had a really bad strom to come through our area this summer. This business, along with six others were flooded. This organization helps people in our area with food and other needs. They had to close for a week to relocate to a temporary location. Which meant a lot of people that depended on this organization had to do without for a week. They could use the $100 toward rebuilding.


  45. Kaitlyn on September 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I’d like to have the $100 donated to Purple Promise. This was a foundation set up when my good friend found out she had melenoma and passed away from it 7 months later. Her family started it in order to put more awareness in the world about skin cancer and as an outlet for helping families struggling with the loss of a loved one as well as providing information on causes and prevention.


  46. Patricia on September 12, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Port-au-Prince, Haiti has 2.5 million inhabitants, yet has no central water treatment system. Water borne diseases run rampant, killing many children before they reach the age of one. Water for Haiti provides energy-free chlorinating devices to help the people of Haiti get clean water, a basic human need that we tend to take granted. http://www.haitiwater.org/index.php


  47. Katrina on September 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

    This is so selfless. I read it thinking “woo hoo”, money for me! But I’m so glad that it’s being donated. My favorite charity is the humaine society. It can be your local one if you’d like. So many animals don’t have homes, and then are put down because of lack of space and funding. Thanks!


  48. linda on September 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

    what a wonderful act of your generosity….susan g komen foundation.


  49. Donna Dowd on September 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I would love to see $100 go to Wounded Warriors Project because when our service members come back hurt and disabled we should give them the help they need to get their life back on track. Without our volunteer service members we wouldn’t have the freedoms we do today.


  50. Mallory on September 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

    National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associates Disorders, Inc.



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