Kara Swisher

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Fred Wilson Doesn't Need a Free Lunch! (But BoomTown Does!)

Yesterday, I used my two adorable children starring in a video in what is clearly a bald-faced attempt to wrench donors and dollars from the dear readers of BoomTown for a charity called DonorsChoose.org.

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How easily you are moved, as it turns out, and good thing!

Yesterday, the Swisher boys’ charm managed to more than double the donations to $7,344, making us No. 2 in a tech blogger fund-raising challenge for the month of October on the site. We also almost doubled our number of donors to 29.

To recap: 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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Our readers’ generosity in the race to raise as much money as possible has made the top tech blogger fund-raiser Fred Wilson very nervous, so much so that he impugned my kids!

Over at A VC blog, he was clearly sweating when he posted on the competitive juices flowing in the challenge, saying I was trying to turn my kids into Jerry Lewis to raise funds!

Jerry Lewis! Them’s fighting words! Anyway, try some fund-raisers more current like, say, Brangelina!

Plus Wilson also admits that he does not need to win the award Yahoo is giving out for the blogger who gets the most donors to give: a free lunch with CEO Jerry Yang.

“Kara is right, I don’t really need to win that prize,” he wrote. “I would gladly give lunch with Jerry away to someone who needs it more, but I need to figure out if I can do that, and how I could use it to stimulate more giving to public-school teachers, which is what this is all about. More on this later.”

Always the VC–declaring victory before the battle is over and looking for an early exit! Let’s give him one from the top donor and money slot, at least!

So, remember to click on through to our AllThingsD page on DonorsChoose.org here or click on the thermometer in the page’s left rail to give early and often!


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