Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A Repost For Ok, Go! : AmEx Members Project

You've seen those American Express commercials about the Members Project, right? Well, I might not have reposted this, except if you take the time to read through the whole letter, you'll see that a Proctor & Gamble project is winning... can't they put up their own $5 million? Anyway, take the time to read through and go vote (if you have an AmEx card).
This message was originally posted by Damian of Ok, Go!

Hello people,

It's me, Damian, in Australia. We're getting ready for a
short little tour here, which is exciting because, like absolutely everyone, I'm super into marsupials, and it's a rare chance for a boy like me to watch the toilet flush backwards.

I'm writing to ask for your help with a little good old-fashioned world-saving. My close friend and former band-mate*, Oliver, is one of the brains behind, one of the coolest non-profits I know of. They're finalists to win a huge grant from the American Express Member's Project and they need your vote -- it'll only take a couple minutes of your time, and it'll do a lot of good. is a website listing public school teachers' best ideas for classroom projects. Public school teachers, who are so chronically under-funded that they often have to pay for books and materials out of their own pockets, submit projects they need money for, and real people like you and Jorge and my mom (bless her heart) can browse the various submissions and choose to directly help fund the ones that strike a chord. It's an ingeniously simple system that actually helps the people who need the help; 100% of the money ($13 million so far!) goes to classroom projects, unless donors specifically earmark their donation to help keep the lights on at

The AmEx grant is huge (up to $5 million), and chosen by an online vote open to all AmEx cardholders. If we vote to victory, every penny will go to fund the more than ten thousand classroom projects in their database; won't keep a dime. Which is pretty cool.

Right now, our heroes are in 2nd place behind a project that's semi-secretly funded by Procter & Gamble (a $68 billion pharmaceuticals/manufacturing mega-corporation with 140 thousand employees), who want the grant money to help distribute their "Pur" water filtering system. This affiliation isn't mentioned on the site, but the NY Times wrote about it last week. Here's
the article, and here's another one from

So, if you have an American Express card (
or one of these other ones), do me (and 250 thousand public school kids) a favor and vote for vote for And if you don't have an AmEx (or an advanced Hogswarts degree in computer hackery), forward this email to people who might.

In any event, you should check out and see what it's all about. We found a few projects that seemed particularly awesome and put them in
this registry. Browse those if you like, or search for your own. Only good things will come of it.

Thanks all,


1 comment:

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