The Contest 2011: Projects
It's everyone's favorite part — suggesting projects! But things have changed a bit from last year, so before you send that email, get acquainted with what's new, won't you?
The biggest shift from previous TN/DC fundraisers is that Tomato Nation is now its own leaderboard. You can see the set-up right here; you'll note that you can now form your own giving pages within the TN contest. That means that you can put together whichever projects you like best — all crafting; all science; all Delaware; all Shakespeare — and add or shuffle them however you like.
That also means that certain prizes and promotions during the contest will focus on giving pages — which ones can add the most donors in a week, for example, or can reach a certain amount of money the fastest.
Creating your own giving page within the TN contest (or moving an existing one under the TN umbrella, which you can also do) is a great way to pick projects and to promote it in a portable way to your family, friends, Twitter and Facebook circles, and so on.
Don't feel like dealing? No worries; I'll have a contest giving page going, and you can suggest projects for that list and donate to those if you like.
If you want to create, or move, a giving page for the contest, just head to DonorsChoose.org; create your page, or copy the URL; and email Anna at anna at donorschoose dot org to ask her to add it to the Tomato Nation leaderboard. You can do this now, or later on; it's up to you. Don't name it anything obscene or overly jerky, please.
If you want to suggest projects for me to add to the contest's general giving page, please send me an email at bunting at tomatonation dot com with no more than three (3) projects. Please do NOT send 1) projects with spelling or grammatical errors in the title; 2) projects not listed as "high poverty"; 3) more than three projects, or seventeen emails with three projects each. I know how hard it is to decide among all the worthy projects and students out there — but if you really can't narrow it down, you should start a giving page (see above).
Any questions about the leaderboard, or your giving page? Email me, or post them in the comments. Questions about the theme will have to wait a few more days.