SOURCE: Engineers Without Borders - USA

February 25, 2008 11:00 ET

Engineers Without Borders-USA Wins 1st Place in America's Giving Challenge!

2,979 Donors Give to Non-Profit in Just Nine Days

LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) called on its members, friends, and colleagues, and even started a friendly competition among its over 250 nation-wide chapters to garner the most unique donors and win first place in America's Giving Challenge. "Our members just amaze me," said Cathy Leslie, Executive Director. "We're still hearing from chapters about how this Challenge energized members and got them excited about fundraising."

It may not seem unusual that this growing non-profit could persuade people to contribute to their mission. What sets EWB-USA apart is that they placed first in the Challenge after participating for only the last nine days of a 6-week competition. "We wondered if we were crazy to put energy into this when other organizations already had over 1,000 donations," said Heidi Dormody, EWB-USA's Director of Development. "We never imagined we could get almost 3,000 in a week. Our supporters really responded. In the last 24 hours, they were checking our placement as often as we were!"

America's Giving Challenge, a partnership between PARADE Magazine, the Case Foundation, Network for Good and GlobalGiving, was designed to encourage the charitable use of social networking and Web 2.0 tools to empower individuals to fundraise for the organizations they care most about. During the Challenge, 48,000 donors contributed to nearly 700 charities and raised a total of $1.2 million. PARADE and the Case Foundation are adding $500,000 to this total. As one of eight champions, EWB-USA will receive $50,000 in addition to the over $60,000 in contributions made through the challenge to their organization.

EWB-USA is a national non-profit whose mission is to partner with developing communities around the world to implement environmentally, economically and socially sustainable engineering projects, while providing training and experience to globally responsible students and professionals. Established in 2002, EWB-USA now includes 269 Student and Professional Chapters engaged in over 300 projects around the world, providing access to basic needs like clean water, sanitation and renewable energy. From installing water purification systems to digging wells for a community, from building bridges and schools to creating new stoves that use less fuel, EWB-USA volunteers are making a difference in hundreds of communities across the globe.

"Winning America's Giving Challenge was a huge boost for us," Cathy Leslie concluded. "It made each of us realize how many people were willing to support us if we only asked."

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    Heidi Dormody
    Development Director
    Phone: 303-772-2723 x116
    Cell: 303-570-9585
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