A campaign to get people to give 1% of their gross annual salary to charity.

My pledge can be found here: www.pledgebank.com/onepercent

See how much you would give

Your monthly giving to charity for this pledge should be: £

14 August 2005

Wahey! Pledge successful


I have 100 people for my new pledge and therefore - I AM A WINNER!!!!

I'm so chuffed - I was away for a couple of days and what do you know it's all happening.

I've just emailed all the people from the old pledge telling them the good news (and also to try and get a few more of them to sign up as there are still a few days to go).

Anyway - I would love to know where people decide to give their 1%. Therefore if people would like to leave a comment telling me who they're giving it to on my blog that would be fab. It would also be really interesting to find out how you decided to give - monthly, one-off payment etc., and how much you gave. I may then try and do some fabulous statistical analysis, possibly involving pie charts!

I'm going to keep the blog going with news so please come back and visit me soon!!





At 9:45 pm, Blogger dbabbitt said...

I give a tithe (10% of the gross of my income) to West Springfield Covenant Community Church in Massachussets.

At 9:59 pm, Blogger Nick Douglas said...

I'd like to give to an organization that helps Africa or other "bottom of the barrel" third-world areas. I want my money to go to feeding, educating, or medicating people in extreme poverty. Can anyone e-mail me recommending a worthy organization that takes credit card payments online? I'm popsnap@gmail.com.

At 10:11 pm, Blogger vard said...

Hi Nicola! I give to the following organizations: Friends of the Library, Planned Parenthood, Children's Charities Foundation, Marathon Education Partners, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Yale University, Fordham University, Heifer International, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Also some others in lesser amounts.

At 10:21 pm, Blogger Lewy said...

The best charity i found (yes, i do think some are intrinsically more useful than others) was WaterAid: http://www.wateraid.org/ That's where my humble 1% is going to. No one should have to die from lack of clean water.

At 11:21 pm, Blogger magpie said...

i gave to YBCA. I found out about your pledge through mefi - well at least the site where your pledge was found. Congratulations on your success!

At 11:23 pm, Blogger magpie said...

hey nicole, you might consider deleting the spam comments from your post. how horrible.

At 12:56 am, Blogger Bill said...

Heard about the pledge via John Quiggin. I was thinking of donating to
Care Australia who do great work everywhere and get most of the money there. Though wateraid does look good too, thanks to lewy for the link.
- RoD

At 2:30 am, Blogger Neil said...


At 2:34 am, Blogger Neil said...

I'm giving my 1% to the following NGOs: Oxfam, UNHCR, and Amnesty. From the evidence I've seen, Oxfam is one of the better organisations at distributing aid in the 3rd world. UNHCR because refugees are one of the biggest problems in the world today, and Amnesty because human rights need defending more than ever today, now that they're under pressure from liberal democracies as much as repressive dictatorships. I'll split the contributions equally between the 3.

At 2:41 am, Blogger Rupert said...

I heard about the pledge through http://lrp.greenrd.org/. This financial year I will give 21% of my gross income to UNICEF and Oxfam.

At 9:22 am, Blogger PhilH said...

While I'm temping, I'll be finding random people to sponsor every Friday on justgiving.com. I'll be getting a monthly income fairly soon though so then I'll set up a standing order with SPW (www.spw.org), with whom I spent seven months as a volunteer in 2004.

At the risk of spamming, I'm part of a group of people setting up our own charity to build a secondary school in the Songea region of Tanzania. Some details are at hojaproject.blogspot.com

Well done again Nicola.

At 11:07 am, Blogger Cola said...

Thanks for all your posts so far guys. It's a really interesting mix of places. I'm just sorting out my 1% and will blog about it later.

Also just to say that I have deleted all the nasty horrid spammers from the comments - grrrr!

At 12:19 pm, Blogger Paul said...

Hi Nicola. Congratulations on the success of the pledge. I'm in Australia. The charities I like to give to regularly are Unicef (www.unicef.org), World Vision (www.worldvision.org), Opportunity International (www.opportunity.org.au), the Cancer Council www.cancer.org.au), the Make A Wish Foundation(www.makeawish.org.au). I like these charities because they are a mixture of children's, international and health. It is also great to read about who others are giving to and get new ideas.

At 1:32 pm, Blogger charlie said...

I'm giving £10 a month to the Haringey Solidarity Group (a grassroots campaigning organization working in my old neighbourhood), £5 a month to SchNEWS (a direct action newsletter, based in Brighton, UK), and am also joining the Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation in Europe (who work on educating and campaigning to allow users the freedom to run, study, modify, and share computer programs).

I tend to prefer to support organizations that do active, grassroots campaigning, because I think the leverage effect achievable from successful campaigning can be huge in comparison to the effect one could have just by giving more aid...

At 11:26 pm, Blogger imogenkb said...

Hey I think you deleted my comment along with the spammers!

My 1% goes equally to the Australian Bush Heritage Fund, the purchases, conserves and manages high conservation land in Australia; and Oxfam-Community Aid Abroad, still after all these years doing terrific work to introduce long-term improvements to the developing world, and providing emergency relief where necessary.

At 10:47 pm, Blogger Rich said...

Hi Nicola,

I support Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Shelter, Oxfam, St John's Ambulance and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. Just trying for a bit of balance.

Best wishes,


At 9:41 pm, Blogger Léan said...

my 1% is going to Unicef, and I joined Amnesty.

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