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Using MY Kids to Raise Money for the Kids at DonorsChoose.org!

Is there no end to my groveling?

Apparently not, if it has the effect yesterday’s round of begging had by more than doubling our donor numbers and adding more than $1,500 to the AllThingsD kitty in only one day, after this post in which I egregiously use the musical stylings of Barbra Streisand to plague Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang.

Whatever for? Well, it is fun, of course, but it is also for a good cause too.

Last week, I wrote about October Tech Blogger Challenge on the the charity site called DonorsChoose.org, which funds classroom projects in high-need public schools, using the Web to match teacher project requests with donors. AllThingsD picked tech projects in both San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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So far, our AllThingsD page on the DonorsChoose site (and you can also access it using the nifty fund-raising thermometer above, on the left rail of this site) has raised $3,520 from 16 donors.

We have passed TechCrunch in donor numbers and just nosed aside Endgadget in donation totals.

But the wily venture capitalist Fred Wilson is still on top with 36 donors and $11,247 (we don’t want Valleywag to start wagging, but we hear donating is a requirement of term-sheet signing, not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Wilson is foiling BoomTown’s genius master plan of winning the award Yahoo is sponsoring for the bloggers who inspire the most readers to give. The winner will get a free lunch with CEO Jerry Yang, from whom we currently cannot get the time of day.

Wilson, like any decent VC, probably has got the phone number to Yang’s golf cart!

Well, two can play at that game!

I’m bringing in the cute kids–namely mine–to plead for donations and donors!

Remember to click on through to our AllThingsD page on DonorsChoose.org here to give early and often!

To inspire you, here are the Swisher boys, only one of whom can really talk, who are not coached in any way to ask you to be generous:


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