Posted: 02 Sep 2010 07:34 AM PDTAs I mentioned briefly in my August Wrap Up post, Crowdtap is a new social community I signed up for in August to check out. It offers you cash and/or points for answering mostly one-click "quick hit" questions, and offers opportunities to answer topics more in depth. Some from August were about what your favorite summer movie was, about 5 really intriguing questions about music (i.e. do you pay for downloads or look for free, do you use sites like Pandora, etc), and discussing non-profits among others. You get points for your first response, points for your first comment per topic daily, and points for votes others give your comments. The most active and insightful participants as judged by moderators, are paid a pre-stated dollar amount at the end of the campaign.
I also mentioned that 5% of your earnings are donated to one of the charities they sponsor, and Crowdtap matches your donation. You can choose to cash out your earnings at $10, and either take the money in an Amazon gift card (less the 5%) or donate it all to the charity you have selected. I chose charity:water as my charity.
I received the Crowdtap newsletter today, and it was focusing on telling us more about this charity. I truly believe that this type of charity is one of the most important out there. Food, medical assistance, etc are also important, don't get me wrong, but if people don't have clean drinking water, the rest of it really won't matter.
charity: water is the "brainchild of Scott Harrison, a former NYC club promoter turned Mercy Ship volunteer, charity: water is not in the business of “grand solutions.” Instead, this organization focuses on tangible ideas that work—combating the world’s clean water problems one project at a time. Just how big is this battle? 1 in 8 people in the world don’t have access to clean water. That’s nearly 1 billion men, women, and children that must struggle to find life’s most basic necessity. And because 80% of disease is caused by contaminated water, these same people often have their burdens compounded with illnesses that could have easily been prevented."
"Since its founding in 2006, charity:water has funded 2906 projects in 17 countries, helping 1,277,430 people get clean water. Crowdtap dollars have helped drill wells, build rainwater catchments, filter pond sand, and teach hundreds of villagers how to maintain their water systems across the globe."
"Interested in doing more? Check out http://www.charitywater.org/
September is here. from charity: water on Vimeo."
***This is NOT a sponsored post. I am a member of Crowdtap, and really appreciate that they are actively trying to make a difference in the quality of life around the world. If anyone decides they want to sign up, it is invite only at the moment, as it is still in Beta. Referring members get 100 points per referral, which breaks down to $0.05 I think, so it isn't about the money, it's about helping people. If you can't sign up via the link, let me know and I will send you an email invite. My email address is in my profile, so just email me with any questions.***