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The Huffington Post, Skoll Foundation and Half the Sky Movement are teaming up to Invest in Women who Change the World. On April 24, they're launching the RaiseForWomen Challenge, a fundraising Challenge to help female-focused charities gain recognition and resources. And, they're giving away $100,000 to causes like yours.

Challenge Details

Using the CrowdRise platform, the RaiseForWomen Challenge is a campaign where charity teams compete with each other to raise the most money for their cause. The top three teams will win grand prize donations for their charity...


  • The 1st place team wins a $40,000 donation from the Skoll Foundation on behalf of the RaiseForWomen Challenge
  • 2nd place wins a $20,000 donation to their charity
  • 3rd place wins a $15,000 donation to their charity
  • An additional $25,000 will be given to charities throughout the campaign in Bonus Challenges.
Click Here for all the rules.

Challenge Dates

The Challenge starts on Wednesday, April 24th at 12:00pm ET and runs through Thursday, June 6th at 4:59:59pm ET.

(Dates are subject to change)


Get Involved

So amazing that you want to participate in The RaiseForWomen Challenge. Here's what you have to do to make it happen...

  1. Email with a brief statement of interest and make sure to detail the ways your cause benefits women specifically.
  2. Put "RaiseForWomen Application" in the subject line of your email.
  3. Please include your EIN or Tax ID#.
  4. Please note that to be eligible, you need to be a female-focused US-based 501(c)3 charity with (a) significant programs with demonstrated and quantifiable impact on women and (b) demonstrated exemplary reputation in the field.
  5. After receiving your email application, The Huffington Post will be in contact with you to let you know if you are eligible to participate or not.

Thanks so, so much.


Why Take Part in the Challenge?

Challenges are amazing for motivating your supporters to give to your cause and become passionate advocates for your organization.

CrowdRise has run several Challenges like this in the past and the results have been really amazing. Over the holidays, The Mozilla Firefox Challenge raised over $1 million for charity and, only weeks ago, the JobRaising Challenge, sponsored by The Huffington Post and the Skoll Foundation raised over $1.2 million for charity. And, all of these numbers exclude the seed money from Firefox and the Skoll Foundation. Pretty awesome.

Unlike a voting campaign, even if you don’t win a grand prize, you still get keep the money you raise.

If you're planning something this Spring or around Mother's Day, you should definitely incorporate it as part of this campaign. And, if you don't have something planned, this is an incredibly cool event to message about.

The 1st Place winner of the JobRaising Challenge, Randy Lapin, chief philanthropy officer at JVS, said:

…[the] challenge provided a fresh way to inspire supporters to give and encourage them to ask people they know to give. You can only do so many chicken dinners.”

Additional Prizes for Charities

In addition to the grand prizes, participating charities will have the opportunity to blog on The Huffington Post bringing massive exposure to their cause throughout the campaign. Plus, they can earn extra prizes based on how much they raise. Any charity that raises the amounts listed below gets the corresponding prize, as well as all the prizes up to that point. For example, raise $2,000 and you'll get a Facebook post and a tweet from HuffPost Impact.

  • Raise at least $1,000, get HuffPost Impact to tweet about you
  • Raise at least $2,000, Raise at least $2,000, get HuffPost Impact to post about you on Facebook
  • Raise at least $2,500, get a Friday Follow on Twitter from Arianna Huffington (1.1m+ followers)
  • Raise at least $5,000, get Arianna to tweet about your gala, your article, etc.
  • Raise at least $7,500, get a blog featured on HuffPost Impact
  • Raise at least $10,000, get Arianna to post your event and article on Facebook and get a tour of the HuffPost newsroom in New York City
  • Raise at least $15,000, get HuffPost Impact to tweet about you 10 times
  • Raise at least $20,000, get HuffPost Impact founder Brian Sirgutz to give you consulting services
  • Raise at least $25,000, get HuffPost Impact to splash your blog on its "Opportunity: What is Working" section and receive a signed copy of On Becoming Love, Work and Life by Arianna Huffington
  • Raise at least $30,000, get HuffPost main (2m+ followers) and Arianna to tweet about you 10 times over one year and have 1 blog appear on HuffPost’s front page some time in the next year
  • Raise at least $40,000, get your blog featured on HuffPost’s front page 5 times in one year and Arianna will mention you in a blog post
  • Raise at least $50,000, get an appearance on HuffPost Live, HuffPost’s live streaming network
  • Raise at least $75,000, get a month-long dedicated blog series on a theme of your choice, curated by Executive Impact Editor Lance Gould
  • Raise at least $100,000, get lunch with HuffPost’s Women’s section editors, including Executive Lifestyle Editor Lori Leibovich and Women’s Editor Margaret Wheeler Johnson as well as an ongoing partnership with HuffPost
  • Raise at least $120,000, get a workshop with HuffPost social media team on how to optimize your organization’s social media strategy and a workshop from HuffPost’s PR team on PR best practices
  • Raise at least $150,000, get all of the above with 5 additional blogs on HuffPost's front page (10 total), one year of mentorship from HuffPost's Impact team, and a year-long dedicated blog series curated by HuffPost editors with a theme of your choice
Click Here for all the rules.

We Make it Super Easy for You

Here’s what CrowdRise will be providing the fundraising teams with:

Custom Event Page

Fundraising Tips

Marketing Assets to use in your emails and on your website

Sample emails and social media posts to use to message your supporters

Tax-refundable donation receipts for donors and a fully compliant online fundraising platform

All Contest Rules and Challenge Administration is all done by CrowdRise

Priority Customer Service for your fundraisers and donors available 7 days a weeks

Real-time reports for your fundraising efforts

Fundraising Widget you can put on your website or blog