This is the One Million Experiment!
The goal is to raise 1 million dollars by getting 1 million people to donate at least one dollar.
Help me get there and we'll find out if internet begging really works! Read the details below to see what I intend to do
with the 1 million dollars and how you can help shape a future of giving for your neighbors in need.
Donate now to the Internet Begging Experiment.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could get ONE MILLION
PEOPLE to give you one dollar?
I am going to find out. This is the One Million Experiment, launched June 11, 2009. There is a Paypal donation button at the bottom of this page. Donate 1 dollar (or more) to the Internet Begging Experiment. If one million people will each give one dollar, that's a million dollars... BUT....it gets SO MUCH BETTER! Read on...
First let's talk about internet begging. Internet begging, also known as cyber begging, came into existence quickly once the internet started to get popular. The internet gave people a way to reach a large scale audience. So instead of standing on the street corner with a cup and a sign, internet beggars were able to potentially lose the cup and the sign, and reach many more people in the course of one day. There have been a few notable internet begging successes up til now, but none like the One Million Experiment.
Now personally, I have a story. I would go into it, but that's not really the goal of this experiment. It could be argued that I am internet begging, cyber begging or internet panhandling, and by definition, I suppose I am. I'm just a guy, with a girlfriend, and some BIG PLANS! I have big plans for this 1 million dollars and if you are interested in being involved, read some more!
Once I reach my goal of $1 million, I plan to donate 50% of this money to a charity. You can
give me an idea of how you'd like to see that money donated. The goal is ONE MILLION
dollars. YOU can help me spread the word by telling everyone you know about the One
Million Experiment. In order to keep the spirit of giving alive, once the One Million
Experiment goal of one million dollars is reached, I will form a non-profit corporation,
and use the funds that surpass the initial goal to help other people in need.
Paypal, in all it's brilliant wonder, takes about 33
cents off every dollar donated. (Any ideas around that would be appreciated.) So once I
reach a million in donations, what's left over, minus the fees, will be split in half for
After one million of you generously donate $1.00 each, a non-profit corporation will be formed with your continuing generous donations. I have had a dream for a few years to start an organization that can help individual people with individual problems. If you've been in a tight financial situation ever before, you may have thought to yourself, 'If someone would just pay my electric bill, I'd be ok'. Or 'If I could get my hands on 500 or 1,000 bucks, my life would be so much different!' Maybe you need new tires on your car, or maybe you just need a car. Maybe you're behind on your taxes, or the mortgage company is threatening foreclosure. I want to be an instrumental part of handing individual people the help they need to get out of a hole. But I've got to get out my hole first.
I know there will be a TON of people wanting to express opinions, good, bad or indifferent. Feel free to email me at email@example.com. Tell me off, tell me how great this is, tell me whatever. I promise to try to personally email everyone back; even if it's just a thank you!! Don't forget, it's up to you to spread the word on this. If I don't get to $1 million, I'm keeping it all.
Total donated so far...
Below you will find a Paypal donate button. I tried to use my mad coding skills to hook up the real-time amount donated so far, but I couldn't figure it out. If you know how, please email me. Until you email me with instructions, I'll be updating the total donated so far as frequently as possible. Please remember, the amount you donate to me, using the Paypal donate button below, is NOT tax deductible, so don't donate too much! I mean feel free to donate as much as you want, but I'm only asking for one dollar each from one million people. You'll be contributing to something beautiful, PLEASE tell everyone you know! If you really want to donate a huge amount, wait until the non-profit is in place. Then your donation will be tax deductible and will help someone (or many someones) pay a bill or release some mad stress.
Total Donated So Far: 18 people have generously donated a total of $78.00