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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
F.S. child care organization competing nationally
Non-profit charity hopes to raise $10K by Dec. 3
Courtesy Lesley Mansford
Lesley Mansford, CEO of crowdfunding website Razoo, is excited about Dec. 3.

The Child Care Council of Nassau, located in Franklin Square, is competing in crowdfunding website Razoo’s national #givingTuesday competition on Dec. 3. Crowdfunding refers to the practice of raising small amounts of funds from a large number of people or organizations. The goal of the competition is to raise as much money by Dec. 3 to be eligible for Razoo’s prizes and donations.

The #givingTuesday competition is being held the week after Thanksgiving and after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday because it “is a day to remind us that giving means much more than the exchange of material goods,” Razoo CEO Lesley Mansford told the Herald.

In its first year last November, the competition generated 185,000 mentions on social media channels and was supported by Bill Gates, the White House and the Clinton Foundation. Razoo will contribute $100,000 in prizes to the top fundraisers and organizations. The grand prize for top fundraiser is $15,000; grand prize for the top nonprofit organization is $5,000. To be eligible for prizes, organizations must raise a minimum of $100 on their fundraising pages. Pages are linked to the Razoo platform.

Mansford said that the day is dedicated to encouraging people across America to give to worthy causes.

“By hosting this national day of giving competition, donors and nonprofits alike will be inspired to give a little more this holiday season in the spirit of friendly competition,” she said. “Whether it is through volunteering at [a] local shelter, helping a friend in need, or donating to a worthy cause, [we] encourage everyone to get involved.”

The Child Care Council of Nassau is raising funds to spread awareness of its initiatives and to take advantage of an opportunity to create a campaign for a new Parent Engagement Program. The program would help hone leadership skills of parents and addressed the needs of children more effectively. Jennifer Brackman, community events assistant for the CCCN, told the Herald that the organization last year found out about the competition just a few days prior to being held but realistically expects to raise $10,000 this year, especially given the fact that it will match all donations.

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