Charity CHAMPs – get involved with microphilanthropy now!


Squidoo – the version of Wikipedia where you earn money by sylvng
March 23, 2009, 2:20 pm
Filed under: General Charity Musings, Microphilanthropy | Tags: ,

Of all the microphilanthropies that I’ve covered so far, Squidoo is probably my favourite concept, although it takes more time to get involved than any of the others I’ve talked about on this blog.

So here’s how Squidoo works. You create a Squidoo webpage on any topic you want. And finding a topic easy – you can write about people you idolize or respect in SquidWho , or write a book review using SquidLit. Using the Squidoo engine it shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds to build a page,  although to come up with good content it will probably take much longer than that. Squidoo then collects revenue from ads and affiliates off of your page, as people flock to read what you have to say. 5% of the money goes toward charity, another 45% goes toward Squidoo to cover costs, and the rest is yours to do with as you choose. According to Squidoo, 35% of all their users donate their royalties to charity.

The good part is, the charity donations are handled for you. If you are a part of a US 503(c) charity you can add yourself to the Squidoo network, market your causes on a Squidoo page, and just watch as the microdonations come in. Very nifty! Too bad Charity CHAMPS isn’t registered in the US… yet. The only criticism I have  is that the site isn’t user friendly enough – to create a page is easy, but to understand what’s going on isn’t, and some of the pages are so cluttered it’s hard to tell what’s real content and what’s just noise.

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