For the past four weeks, 25 non-profit organizations from across Hive communities in NYC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Chattanooga and Kansas City have been hard at work raising money for their digital literacy programs.
They participated in the Hive Challenge on Crowdrise, a crowdfunding campaign that ultimately resulted in over 1,000 donations and $200,000 raised in total.
In addition to the money that participating organizations raised through lots of team effort and targeted outreach, Mozilla contributed $50,000 through grand prizes and weekly bonus challenges. These funds served as exciting incentives and a show of support for the work these organizations are doing on the ground to help spread digital skills and web literacy in Hive cities across the US.
Congratulations to the winners, and to all that took part in our first, cross-Hive fundraising campaign.
NYC SALT raised $54,000 and won the grand prize of $15,000! They use digital photography to engage, inspire and empower youth from under-served communities in New York City to reach their full potential. The money they raised will support three of their key programs, including 12-week smartphone photography workshops and a one-week intensive program for middle school students.
Beam Center raised $40,200 and won the second place prize of $10,000. Their funds will go towards the purchase of a van, to enable them to bring their Brooklyn-based maker programs to more students across the five boroughs.
Global Action Project raised $11,245 and won the third place prize of $5,000. Their money will be spent on upgrading their video production equipment, and ultimately will help hundreds of LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth and youth of color throughout NYC who are using media to share their stories and organize for justice through their afterschool programs.
Note that while the official “challenge” is over, you can still donate to these organizations and others at http://crowdrise.com/hivechallenge