Report from the Front Lines of the 36-Hour Challenge

Good morning to my Historical Society friends and peers,

Historical Society of Sarasota County volunteer

Click the coffee cup to donate now!

It’s 6:15 am, the sky is dark and the coffee’s still too hot to drink. But 18 (YAY! EIGHTEEN!) of our supporters have donated $1200 so far to the Historical Society, placing us in the TOP THIRD of the 100+ nonprofits competing for matching funds, prizes, and grant money.

Here’s the prizes we could win and how you can help, even if you aren’t up with the Rain Bird this morning:

Right this instant, click to see our profile on the Giving Partner site. The top charities with the most clicks will win $20,000.

Encourage friends and family to donate, even at the minimum amount of $25. $100,000 goes to the top 20 nonprofits with the most unique donors, regardless of amount donated. Or perhaps you’ll create your own personal HAC: a Historical Action Committee: gather 4 friends, each giving $5 or $10, and have one of you use your credit card to make a $25 or $50 donation.

Stay up late. Every hour of the 36-Hour Challenge, one donor will be drawn at random, and their cause will receive $250. The chances of YOUR donation winning this go UP, the fewer donors there are. So, while I’m going to bed early this evening, hope some of you will WAIT TO DONATE until the wee hours of the morning!

Questions about the Giving Challenge? Here’s the answers. If you have a concern that isn’t addressed here, please email our HSOSC office at

PS It’s now 6:20 am and over ONE MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN RAISED ALREADY, with 35 and a half hours to go. Yay!

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