$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. Christina on September 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    City Hearts was founded on the belief that the Arts are the most powerful tools to communicate with and rehabilitate troubled youth at risk from gangs and drugs. City Hearts has come to be an integral part of the preventive and rehabilitative effort in Los Angeles, inner city, and serves as a model for youth diversion programs across the country.


  2. Lisa on September 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center. For many, insurance doesn’t cover the costs associated with counseling.


  3. Allison on September 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. $.94 of every dollar donated goes back to getting food for those that need it. Plus, they have a better conversion rate for food. I know for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, every dollar donated is $7.04 worth of groceries…GPFB has the same kind if deal so the money goes far. Plus, in Allegheny County ALONE, over 158,000 are food insecure meaning they won’t know where their next meal is coming from. I won’t get too much into child hunger right now, but the GPFB is a great organization.

    Here are some hunger stats about Allegheny Co.: http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/pdf/allegheny.pdf


  4. Jacqueline on September 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I would donate to The Trevor Project.


  5. Kristin Y on September 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I would donate to CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America)


  6. Amanda on September 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    If I won this contest I would donate the money to: Richie’s Spirit Foundation (richiesspirit.org)

    A friend of mine started this foundation in honor of his younger brother Richie, while we were in college.

    Following Richie’s death in October 2007, the Herskowitz family decided to find a way to keep his memory alive by starting Richie’s Spirit Foundation. In only 17 years, Richie found a way to make a lasting impact on people of all walks of life. His passion, livelihood, and love for others is what carries his spirit through even years after his death.

    The Herskowitz family is forever grateful to the family who donated its child’s lungs for Richie to live a longer, healthier life. In honor of the donor family’s gift and Richie’s life, the Foundation took form: a lasting way to spread awareness about organ donation while celebrating Richie.


  7. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on September 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    My charity of choice is Nomi Network, based out of NYC. The organization teaches women in Southeast Asia, particularly Cambodia, to construct eco-friendly purses and bags out of recycled rice bags. Why? To keep those women from getting sucked back into the sex trafficking industry. It’s a wonderful cause started by the sweetest women on earth, and it’s tough for a fledgling nonprofit to survive in NYC! You can look them up at nominetwork.com and see their products on buyherbagnotherbody.com :)


  8. Dana Cooper on September 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Glorious Light International Church


  9. Cindy Schiller on September 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Texas Cowboys Against Cancer (TCAC) strives to lessen the burden on the cancer victim and those that love him/her with funds that allow for treatment and focus on the disease, instead of a focus on the crippling financial effects of this disease and possible inability to afford needed treatments.


  10. JCHokie on September 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I would love to have that money donated to the Washington Area Humane Society in Washington, PA. It’s a no-kill shelter and solely funded by private contributions. Thank you for this wonderful give away idea!


  11. Ashley on September 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    This is not so much a charity but could be considered one. You can pre purchase coffee for our troops serving on the frontlines in Afghanistan and Iraq. I do this all the time and I keep trying to get the word out to more people about this great opportunity to say thank you to our troops who sacrifice so much. Even if I don’t win this, maybe someone will see this and it will move them. Thank you so much for this chance. – Very proud USAF wife!



  12. Miriam on September 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I would donate the $100 to http://www.gabrielsdream.org/. It is a charity for Sudan’s Lost Boys that are given a chance for a better life here in the USA.

    Thank you.


  13. Lisa T on September 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Human Rights Campaign, please. Thank you for doing this!


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  15. Beth on September 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Susan G. Komen foundation. I know so many people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 10 years.


  16. Elaine on September 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    BV Media – Bryan, TX is collecting funds for the volunteer firefighters and first responders fighting all the Texas wildfires that have consumed so much of Texas these last few months. These firefighters are first on the scene leaving their families and jobs to fight the fires for others and this fund is to replenish those volunteer resources.


  17. shelly on September 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    La Leche League of Eastern PA is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Our leaders work for free and help mothers meet their goals. Each feeding has a dose effect that fights disease (like cancer, diabetes, & obesity) in the mother and child. A healthier baby makes less of a strain on the family healthcare budget. Please help keep our babies healthy and help mothers meet their goals.


  18. Payal on September 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    March of Dimes.


  19. Sandy on September 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I would donate to the US Aspergers Association. http://www.usasperger.org/Donate.html


  20. Natalie Merkel on September 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    My heart brakes for all the life that has bin and still is being snuffed out from abortion’s, only 1% of US abortion’s are hard case category’s. If I win this is what I would do with it. http://www.youtube.com/user/thewayofthemaster?blend=1&ob=5#p/u/4/bC21ceYy2eQ Thank You so much! I hope for the sake of the unborn I win.


  21. Angel Carlson on September 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I would love to see the money go to A Chance for Bliss. A Chance for Bliss is a unique non-profit animal sanctuary that cares for senior and special needs animals. They are not an adoption facility. What makes them remarkable is that they provide each sanctuary resident with a forever home, be that a matter of days, months or even years. Their sanctuary is home to more than 80 assorted dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, rabbits and chickens. http://achanceforbliss.com

    Thank you for paying it forward! :)


  22. Christine on September 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    By far the best giveaway I’ve seen lately! I would donate to the PKD Foundation. PKD stands for Polycystic Kidney Disease, which is a genetic disorder that carries a 50/50 chance of being carried on to children of parents with the dominant form of the disease. The recessive form affects infants and children and progresses much more rapidly. Both lead to end stage kidney failure. At this point, there is no cure, but dialysis and transplants can prolong a patient’s life, although many recessive gene patients never reach adulthood. The PKD Foundation is working for a cure, and I hope that one day there is one for my husband’s side of the family, and quite possibly, my own son.


  23. Kristin on September 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. This a camp for kids with cancer.


  24. FlowerFairy on September 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I would love to doante $100 to Tiger Stripes Exotic Animal Sanctuary (tigerstripes.org). Tiger Stripes is a nonprofit exotic animal sanctuary who rescues abused and neglected exotic animals and exotic animals who are facing euthanasia. The sanctuary’s founder opened Tiger Stripes as he battled (and, thankfully, defeated) cancer. He has recovered, but the sanctuary is in dire need of donations in order to stay open. If the sanctuary is forced to close due to lack of funding, there is nowhere for these magnificent animals to go and they will have to be put to sleep. The founder was given a second chance at life and he wants to give that same second chance to these deserving animals.


  25. Mary C on September 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    American Cancer Society


  26. sara l on September 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Definitely Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Thank you!


  27. Sandi on September 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    The American Heart and Stroke Foundation. :)


  28. Jan Buffum on September 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I would donate it to the Wildlife Center of Virginia…I love the work they do rehabbing eagles.


  29. Sherry W. on September 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I would like to donate this $100 to the Special Education program in my children’s school. My son was diagnosed with Autism 2 1/2 years ago and he is doing very well, in no small part to the wonderful people who have dedicated their time and resources in order to help him as well as other Special needs students. I am forever grateful and would like to see them have the chance to put this money toward whatever they may need for the education of these awesome, hard working children!


  30. Sabrina on September 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Doctors without borders also.


  31. Jaime West on September 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I would also donate it to Fragile X research — (The Fragile X Research Foundation) http://www.fraxa.org


  32. Celeste Lupercio on September 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    This was posted to my FB page, and I would like to nominate this for the $100:
    S&G Family Dentistry is proud to announce we are hosting a Bleaching Fundraiser …next month and we want to invite you all to join in support of Hope for Hayden.

    Randi White is a valued dental hygienist here at S&G; some of you may know her 10 year old son Hayden is battling a rare form Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. He was diagnosed in May, and in July required full amputation of his right leg. He is just beginning Chemotherapy for the second time and the family is in full fight mode! They are a wonderful young family from Osawatomie, Kansas. Hayden is the oldest of their 3 children; they are also raising Taylor, a darling 4 year old princess, as well as a new baby girl Kaleigh only 4 months old, born just before the diagnosis.

    S&G is organizing the bleaching fundraiser Saturday October 1st to help support the family’s growing needs. By reservation, Saturday October 1st from 10:00am to 2:00pm we will offer custom made dental bleaching trays for a minimum donation of $100, with the proceeds going to help the family. This is an amazing savings for anyone who has ever considered whitening, over $230 in savings! This offer is open to anyone, not just current patients (although we love new patients). We will take the impressions and go over bleaching instructions on Saturday, and the trays themselves will be available for pick up later that day and for some the next week for others depending on turn out.

    If you are interested in coming to this event please contact me, Brenda at S&G via facebook, email me at blperrenoud@yahoo.com or call our office 913-451-2929 and please tell all your friends & family!See More
    White Famiily
    By: S&G Family Dentistry, P.A.


  33. Tenile on September 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I would love to have $100 for Eternal Impact! http://www.ministrysync.com/event/website/?m=610201



  34. Lindsay on September 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I would love to see the money go to any charity, but if I win, I’ll pick St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals.


  35. Debbie on September 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    One of my favorite places that can always use help is the Fisher House. The Fisher House helps military members and their families in medical need and in hard times, just like the Ronald McDonald House. There are so many wonderful causes out there it will be hard to choose.


  36. Erin on September 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I would donate the $100 to The Cookie Cart in Minneapolis, a nonprofit organization that trains and supports youth in their first paid job experience. And they have yummy cookies!!!


  37. Andrea Z. on September 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Sunrise Day Camp is the only day camp in the country for children with cancer and their siblings. There is no fee for children to attend camp-we depend on donations and fund-raising. I consider myself privileged to have been able to work with these children for the past three summers.



  38. Polly on September 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My charity would be Eastern Heights Baptist Church. Along with other churches in our town, we are in a program called Backpacks for Kids. We provide food each Friday for kids that would otherwise not have anything to eat over the weekend. This service has been proven to help the kids do better in school and keep focused because they are not always hungry.


  39. Janelle King on September 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    A classmate of mines lost his daughter in a tragic case. His daughter had autism and her bound was found in a lake. She was only five years old. I would like to donate this $100.00 to the family.


  40. Lib on September 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I would donate $100 to FUN (Families Unlimited Network). This organization has various family support programs in University Place, WA. They host a food bank and after school programs along with back to school fairs, family Christmas programs and small loans for utilities and rent.


  41. Nik on September 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I would donate the $100 to the Alexis Seberger Memorial Fund through Lincoln Complete Childrens Health (3262 Salt Creek Circle Lincoln Nebraska 68504). The fund is to asssit with Alexis’ funeral expenses. Alexis passed away this weekend at age 6 from an inoperable brain tumor. Her mother is a struggling single parent and needs help paying for the funeral.


  42. Nicole M. on September 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    The niece of a very good friend of mine has cancer. They have started a non-profit to help the family pay for medical bills. Her current treatment is keeping her alive, but is not curing the cancer. The organization is called Grace’s Angels.


  43. Wendy T on September 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I would love to nominate Zachary’s Mission. It is a local based non profit that is committed to supporting families of critically ill children with their immediate needs. We are new to the non profit world and every little bit we receive goes directly towards helping as many families as we can! Thanks for your consideration!


  44. lisa w on September 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I would direct the donation to Feed My Starving Children: http://www.fmsc.org


  45. Phyllis on September 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    My choice is ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). David Niven also died of this disease. So little money goes into research for this uncurable disease that effect never cells and paralyzes until it kills. My mom and grandmother both died this horrible death. My grandmother died when my mom was only 10 and my uncle was 3. All of us grandchildren wish we could of met our grandmother even just 1 time. For more info or to donate here is the web-site: http://www.alsa.org/donate/ (see about ALS tab for more info).


  46. Malissa on September 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I would like to recommend Angel Names Association (http://www.angelnames.org/). They are a charity that helps families that have suffered stillbirth or infant loss. They provide memory boxes, funding for funeral services and information about counseling services and a lending library. This is one of those charities that you don’t realize there is a need for until you have experienced the need. They have personally helped my family and I am forever grateful.

    This is a great idea for a contest because no matter who wins it will feel like everyone is a winner. :)


  47. Christine on September 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    IOCC–International Orthodox Chrisitian Charities

    Thank you for doing this.


  48. Abbey on September 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I also donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society each year because my dad, too, had a bone marrow transplant. His donor was from Germany, so the LLS helped with the transport costs and keeping my mom housed by the Med Center for the first month after my dad’s transplant. We just got in contact with the donor who saved my dad’s life…one of the most emotional times in my life.

    Any charity can use an extra $100…whoever is selected, know that your contribution makes a difference!!!


  49. karen on September 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you!

    Catholic Relief Services


  50. Mariel on September 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    For me it’s hard to just pick one. I wish I could help everybody! But I’m going to pick… The Four Diamonds Fund through Thon (Penn State Dance Marathon).

    “The mission of The Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.”



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