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Passports with Purpose

In 2008, Debbie Dubrow, Michelle Duffy, Pam Mandel and Beth Whitman, the bloggers behind Delicious Baby, WanderMom, Nerd’s Eye View and Wanderlust and Lipstick, respectively, began a travel-inspired initiative to raise money online. Passports with Purpose also filled the need to do long-lasting good for people in the places travelers visit by uniting an online community and leveraging the social media platforms of more than 150 travel bloggers around the world. PwP initiatives benefited Heifer International; the Passports School with American Assistance for Cambodia and a village in Tamil Nadu, India for 25 Dalit families with Land for Tillers’ Freedom. In 2011, funds were raised to build two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read. For more information about Passports with Purpose visit, www.PassportswithPurpose.org, Facebook.com/PassportswithPurpose or Twitter.com/PassportPurpose. During the fundraiser, follow the hashtag #PwP.

With your help, in 2012 we will raise $100,000 to build five wells in Haiti through our partnership with Water.org.

Here’s how the Passports with Purpose fundraiser works:

  • During the fundraiser, individual bloggers procure a prize that will be given away to one lucky donor. They post about Passports with Purpose and the prize on their blog.
  • The Passports with Purpose website hosts a list of all the available prizes.
  • Trave lbloggers around the world promote the fundraiser in social media, through press contacts, and among their personal contacts. Travel companies and media can join in by donating unsold ad inventory to host Passports With Purpose ads.
  • Donors make a tax deductible donation. For each $10 they donate, they can be entered to win a prize of their choice.
  • After the fundraiser ends, a winner is randomly selected for each prize.

Here are the dates for Passports with Purpose 2012:

  • NOW: Sign up as a participating blogger using this form. Once you’re registered, we’ll include you on any blogger-specific information we send out.
  • November 12 : Deadline for bloggers to submit a prize.
  • November 26: Blog posts ready to go on all of these great blogs. Also deadline for bloggers to submit links to the PwP catalog form (link coming soon).
  • November 27, 11:59PM (EST) Blogger posts can go live! On November 28 at 12:01am EST we’re ready to take donations!
  • December 11, 11:59PM (EST) : Donations for prizes close. Note: We’ll still take donations, but no more drawing entries.
  • December 18: We’ll notify prize winners and host bloggers.

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