The grassroots nature of Crowdrise has provided the lion’s share of the $25,000 goal for its Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund — and a quick look at the site reveals an impressive stream of donations in the $20-25 range.
The page also offers opportunities to fundraise for dozens of worthy partner organizations like the American Red Cross and Save The Children. When you raise funds for these organizations on Crowdrise, you join a Project Team of like-minded fundraisers and volunteers to reach a common goal. I see it as Habitat-for-Humanity-meets-Facebook. Crowdrise views its Project Teams “like communism but more fun.” Whatever your take is on this approach, Crowdrise seems to have found a satisfying way for people of all incomes and backgrounds to unite and help those in need.
Have you used Crowdrise before? Will you join the community there to help those suffering in Japan? Let us know what projects you’re involved in there — we love to hear about our readers’ great work.