Help me Find a Charity to Receive $25,000

  • Comments: 19
  • Written on: May 15th, 2007

The web’s first apprentice-style reality TV show is holding an online casting call, and I need your help. I want your input on whether I should send in an audition video, and what charity could best use all or part of the $25,000 I would get if I were to win a place on the show.

Help Me Pick a Charity

In the past I have donated to Junior Achievement, Heartland Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Make a Wish, The Lincoln Food Bank, the LIBA Foundation, and the Teammates program, but I am open to any other charities you might suggest that could put the money to good use. I would be giving ALL of the $25,000 away.

What is This all About?

Joel Comm, one of the world’s leading authorities on making money online, has the man behind the nextinternetmillionaire.com competition.

He is looking for 12 entrepreneurs to attend a 2-week hyper-intense online marketing competition. The 12 winners will be coached by some of the best and brightest Internet marketing minds in the world today.

The winners will be selected in July and will win $25,000 and the trip to Colorado to compete for a spot on a $1 Million dollar online venture with Comm.

What Do You Need Me To Do?

To be competitive, I would need at least 2,000 people to rate my audition video highly over the next three weeks. If I enter he competition and do not win a spot on the show, there will not be any money for the selected charity or charities.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you think I should send in an audition, and if so, what charity you would like to see some or all of the $25,000 prize money go to.

  1. Jonathan said on May 15th, 2007 at 8:35 am

    I’d recommend a charity that helps women who are pregnant and aren’t sure if they want to keep the baby…to educate them in adoption options. I think this would be a great charity that could use the funding and may mean a lot to you personally since you have adopted a child.

    …and good luck!

  2. Judy
    Judy said on May 15th, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I would suggest if you win you would put the money towards the new Caregiver group. There will be a manual to help caregiver’s cope with dr. appoints.,etc. There are more caregivers and will be more as time goes on because people are living longer. Good Luck

  3. Thor Schrock said on May 15th, 2007 at 10:51 am

    @ Jonathan… That is a great idea! going through the process of adopting a child myself, I know it is UNGODLY expensive. I wonder if setting up 25 $1,000 grants for people who want to adopt would be better?

  4. Thor Schrock said on May 15th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    @ Judy.. Does the Caregiver group have a website? I would be interested in learning more about what they do.

    @ Everyone.. Feel free to post a URL to your recommended charity in your comment. NO more than one URL per comment or my spam-bot will eat them 🙂

  5. Jay
    Jay said on May 15th, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    DO IT!! You’d be a superb candidate!!

  6. Thor Schrock said on May 15th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Any ideas on a good charity Jay?

  7. Coby Mach said on May 15th, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    I would recommend the LIBA Foundation, the Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center (they help with adoptions, but never an abortion) and/or Peoples City Mission.

  8. Jo Riecker-Karl said on May 15th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    You would do well! I would recommend the Lincoln Music Teachers Association’s LMTA Music Outreach Program. Their mission is to advance the educational development of financially needy and interested students by providing free or reduced music lessons, free instruments and free sheet music. They also coordinate live performances in area schools, hospitals, nursing homes and organizations in the community.

  9. Thor Schrock said on May 15th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion Jo! We have talked about this charity before privately haven’t we?

    My wife benefited greatly from her high school and college music programs.

    This is definitely a worthwhile cause!

  10. Thor Schrock said on May 15th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    @ Coby.. That suggestion goes hand in hand with Jonathan’s. Adoption issues hit close to home for me!

  11. Judy
    Judy said on May 15th, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Re: New caregiver group. There are support groups in Lincoln. I found them through the LIFE office. I suggest you call Donna Washburn 441-7070 at the LIFE office. She would be able to tell you more, and/or direct you to others.

  12. Jerrie Michaelson said on May 16th, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Lighthouse works with middle school and high school kids giving them a place to be safe while tutoring and requiring homework is completed. They also provide an evening meal and snacks.

  13. Thor Schrock said on May 19th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for the idea. Lighthouse is definately a good cause. I used to live a few blocks from the house myself.

    I am not sure if I will submit a video or not. I will mention it on the radio show today and see if there is any additional interest. If not, I may just let it go.

  14. Nancy
    Nancy said on May 19th, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    I heard on your show today about the $25,000 you will be giving to a charity. I have an idea that I believe would be a wonderful fit for you.

    I have been a mentor in the Teammates Mentoring Program in the Lincoln Public Schools for nearly 10 years. As a mentor, I go into a Lincoln Public School each week to mentor my child. I have become painfully aware of the gulf between children of poverty and children of average-plus means in many arenas but particularly in the computer skill arena.

    My grandchildren have had the good fortune to have a computer in their home and therefore been computer literate since they were preschoolers. They sit in the same classroom with children who may never have a computer in the home. Yet, all these children have the same “mountains to climb” in each grade.

    I have watched my high school mentee struggle to use the computer at school in order to complete an assignment, which is also a struggle. A machine, the computer is unwittingly creating even a larger gulf for those children of less means to hurdle.

    It seems a program might be developed, computers donated, and a challenge to match your funds, to give these kids a good start on computers early in their schooling, perhaps in preschool, such as Headstart, programs.

    I found a donor who donated a computer to the family of my high school mentee in hope that she and her younger siblings would benefit. However, the parent did not have computer skills to help the children nor the extra money to pay for the services. The computer soon disappeared.

    My conclusion, after that experience, is that computer skills for these children need to be acquired and practiced regularly in the classroom at a very early age.

    Having said all of that, if you find my suggestion more than you wish to take on, I would recommend donating the money to Teammates.

    Teammates serves 3,000 youngsters in Nebraska and matches an adult with youngsters in grades 3-12. It is a school-based program where a caring adult spends 1 hour per week at the school with the child. The goal is high school graduation. The Kellogg Foundation has named Teammates the “Best Practices” Mentoring Program in the country. Gallup has gathered the data to support this designation. Suzanne Hince is the State Director and is located in Omaha. She may be reached at: 402-380-8326; metroomaha@teammates.org; 11850 Nicholes, Ste. 120, Omaha, NE 68131.

    Thank you for this wonderful gift you will be donating. Thank you, too, for the helpful information and tips you give on your radio show.

  15. Thor Schrock said on May 19th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the great suggestions, Nancy. If I enter this thing and am able to get a spot on the show, I will have the $25,000 to donate.

    There are SO MANY great charities to choose from. I will probably make a decision by next week. Either way, I will announce it here on the blog first!

  16. heather
    heather said on May 24th, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Neil Shulz was diagnosed with ALS in December 2005. A.L.S. also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease affects thousands of Americans. It is a debilitating disease that quickly overtakes it’s victims, eventually killing them. You could donate to his charity. The funds will be used locally in clinical research for patient care and in fostering educational opportunities.

  17. Thor Schrock said on May 25th, 2007 at 9:14 am

    I have decided I am going to submit a video and enter the Next Internet Millionaire competition. There were so many great charities suggested on my blog so I have decided to split the possible prize money between them. I plan on dividing the money between:

    The Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center (recommended by Coby Mach)
    Grants for parents seeking to adopt from within the US (recommended by Jonathan)
    The Neil Schulz Gift of Hope Fund (recommended by Heather Schommer)
    The Lincoln Music Teachers Association Outreach Program (Suggested by Judy)
    Lighthouse in Lincoln, NE (Suggested by Jerrie Michaelson)

    I need your help to nail down the final details and get things moving. I need the following:

    An email or fax from the charity you recommended stating that I have permission to use their charity name in my audition video and that they are a 501c3 organization. I need a contact name at the charity and any contact information you might have. You can reply to this email or post this information on my blog.

    Because this is a vote-based competition, I need to attract as many votes as possible to get on the show. I plan on issuing a press release to the local Lincoln media outlets describing the competition, highlighting my participation, and listing the charities that will benefit if I win the competition, as well as a brief description of each charity’s mission. If you know anyone in the media please ask them to cover this story. The additional exposure will help ensure I win a seat on the show.

    I have to make an audition video and post it on http://www.nextinternetmillionaire.com where people will be able to vote on it. The more votes I receive, the greater my chances of making it on the web-based reality show. If I win the competition on the show, I will be awarded $25,000. That is the money I will be awarding to the selected charities.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and making suggestions. The winners will be announced in July, 2007 so there is no time to lose!

  18. Thor Schrock said on May 31st, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    I just wanted to drop you all a note that my audition video is up at http://www.nextinternetmillionaire.com/show.php?id=1249. Please vote for it often!

    I am doing quite well in the competition at this point. You can vote every few hours if you have the time. Thank you for your help!

  19. Judy
    Judy said on June 13th, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Congratulations on making it to the 50.

    Now, on to be one of the 12!!

    Congrats!!

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