One of my favourite times of the year is Winter, specifically December. Snow begins to fall, Christmas is in the air, blankets to snuggle with and hot drink… AND THE PROJECT FOR AWESOME!
The Project for Awesome (Please click the link to watch a video!) started back in 2007 when John & Hank Green and a bunch of online video creators decided it would be good, for one day of the year, to take over the online video community in the interest of good.
During Project for Awesome, thousands of people post videos about and advocating for charities that decrease the overall level of world suck. As a community, we promote these videos and raise money for the charities using this Indiegogo.
In 2014, the community raised over $1,200,000, including several generous matching donations. These were split between two organizations chosen by John & Hank – Save the Children & Partners in Health – along with twenty charities chosen by the online video community.
For 2 days straight (LIKE NO BRAKES AT ALL), there will be a livestream hosted by many people, mostly by John and Hank Green. Many things are discussed during these livestreams, from farts (I am not kidding) to social justice issues. The money is split between Save The Children and the UN Refugee Agency for the first day and then the money is given to the communities top voted charities. Here’s how you can get involved!
First, YOU. Amazing community members from around the world make videos about a charity that is particularly meaningful for them. These are uploaded to the Project for Awesome website*, but also should be shared around the internet and viewed, discussed, commented upon, etc. You can vote on your favorite videos on the P4A site, which helps determine the charities that receive funding.
*Videos can be submitted from 12:00pm EST on December 11th through 11:59am EST on December 13th.
Second, fundraising. We will have an amazing selection of perks for you to choose from if you want to donate to the Foundation to Decrease World Suck through our Indiegogo campaign. From digital downloads to signed art, donated items from your favorite YouTube creators and our annual calendar… you’re bound to find something fun.
The Indiegogo will be open from 12:00am EST on Wednesday, December 9th to 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, December 15th.
Third, butfArt. Say what? Yes, this is where things get wacky. John & Hank, along with a number of special guests, host a 48-hour continuous livestream to feature videos, spontaneously announce new perks, and look at dollar bills under microscopes… or something like that. You never know what will happen, so tune in and join the fun!
AND by donating certain amounts of money, you can get some sweet, sweet perks! From signed books to Tyler Oakley’s beanie bag chair that he sat on at VidCon this year. (Yes, that is a thing you can get, and you’re money goes to charities! WIN WIN!)
In the words of my fellow nerdfighters and John and Hank Green, Don’t Forget To Be Awesome.