We have been running a Change the World [CTW] program since November, which (along with the Give Many program which preceded it) allowed groups that wanted 100 or more XOs to get them at close to their raw production & shipping cost.
This was a nice way to engage potential G1G1 supporters and others who were interested in supporting an entire school or educational work done by local charities. It has had only limited popularity, however, and minimal overlap with our goal of getting countries and districts to embrace olpc for their children at scale. As part of refocusing on our mission this year we are wrapping up CTW.
This is a program we would love to support if we had time to do everything -- it has produced some lovely stories, and on rare occasions starts a process that leads to larger, lasting commitments. In time we may make a similar program available again, and welcome feedback here from those who have taken part, or considered taking part, over the past year.
If you are waiting to finalize details on a Change the World request, including longer-term fundraising plans, please do so this week (emailing us; those who have written in already should have received similar updates by email). The page describing the program will stay up for a short while longer, and all current CtW conversations and transactions will be completed, even after the program has ended.
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I became a Save the Children sponsor this week, both because I admire their good works, and because I want to see how they connect donors to specific recipients -- something they do as well as any international donor agency.Read the rest of this entry