CrowdRise Launches Holiday Charity Challenge

CrowdRise launched the third annual Holiday Charity Challenge – the holiday season’s largest and most fun crowdsourced online giving and fundraising event — with the announcement of Craig Newmark and other philanthropists’ generous donations of $200K in prize money for competing charities.

The Challenge, with support from The Huffington Post, runs from 12:00 p.m. ET, November 18 through 11:59 a.m. ET, January 9 and promises grand prize donations to the three charities to raise the most money during the Challenge; a record $100K for first place, $40K for second place and $20K for third place. Charities will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars more in prizes during weekly Bonus Challenges.

More than $75K was raised during the first 24 hours of the Challenge, the fastest start to any CrowdRise Holiday Challenge and a reflection of how many charities and celebrities are making CrowdRise their go-to site for holiday giving campaigns.

Some of the entertainment industry’s biggest talents including Will Ferrell (Cancer for College), Sean Penn (J/P Haitian Relief Organization), Ian Somerhalder (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) and Seth Rogen (Hilarity for Charity) are joining this year’s Challenge to help raise the most money for the causes they are most passionate about with exciting prizes, including two tickets to the Anchorman 2 movie premiere at the Beacon Theater in New York City and a feature article in The Huffington Post about your favorite charity.

Other participating celebrities and their causes include: Edward Norton (Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust), Sophia Bush (The Nature Conservancy), Jason Bateman (City Year), Kristen Bell (, Olivia Wilde (Artists for Peace and Justice), Christy Turlington (Every Mother Counts), Eliza Dushku (THRIVEGulu), Brittany Snow (Love Is Louder) and Conan O’Brien (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles).

The Holiday Charity Challenge on CrowdRise consistently represents the largest crowdsourced philanthropy event during the holidays for anyone to fundraise for or donate to their favorite causes. Last year’s Challenge crowdsourced $1.1 million in small donations benefiting charities across the country.  (Source)