Episopalians for Global Reconciliation have a brilliant idea involving the NCAA Basketball finals (aka March Madness). The Lead has the full story:
The brackets are set, the NCAA tournament bids are out -- this year Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation invites you to add a little purpose to your picking. We call it March Gladness.
March Gladness combines two of our favorite things -- Making Poverty History and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Here's how it works:
Like your regular NCAA pool, you fill out your tournament bracket -- picking each game in the field of 65 right up to the championship game. Like your regular pool it costs a little to get in. Like your regular pool, the people who do the best picking the games win the pot.
Here's where Madness turns to Gladness:*Instead of an entry fee, there is a small donation ($10).
*Along with your bracket(s) you designate a nonprofit (must be an official 501(c)3 whose work contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals that you will be picking for.
*Instead of the winners taking home the pot, all money raised will be given to the designated MDG-related organizations.
Everyone has fun and it's all for a great cause -- God's mission of global reconciliation and making poverty history!
Entries close at tip-off of the first game on Thursday, March 20 (the play-in game is not included). You can enter as many times as you like, but entries will only count if an entry donation is received for each bracket.
Finally, this is about having fun while raising money to help people who need it the most. The more the merrier! Forward this to everyone you know ... let's see how much money and awareness we can raise for Making Poverty History!
For more information on the Millennium Development Goals and the movement for God's mission of global reconciliation, check out the EGR website at http://www.e4gr.org/.
Read it here.
If you are looking for some charities to designate, here are some worthy options:
Lutheran World Relief
Episcopal Relief and Development
Maison de Naissance