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International Medical Corps Thanks YOU

This announcement was in the e-mail this morning. I love it when a striving non-profit finds a cost-effective way to spread the word and compete for the funding they need. Smart non-profits get grants, get corporate donations and use the least costly ways to raise additional funds from individual donors. They maintain a very low expenses rate and a high services rate.

Hi again,

I am so excited and wanted to thank you so much for your help! There were more
than 87,000 votes cast and thanks to you & everyone who blogged & voted, our
project, “Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children,” is now in the Top 5 of
American Express Members Project. It got pretty close at the end and we only
made it by 147 votes. We really couldn’t have done it without you!

We are now guaranteed at least $100,000 in funding, but we still need your help.
The second round of voting has begun and the project with the most votes will
receive $1.5 million. Your vote and the votes of your readers will determine how
many lives we can save. I would be so grateful if you could repost to keep the
conversation and awareness out there and if you could thank your readers for
voting for us too.

Please let me know if you can post and please vote again for “Saving the Lives
of Malnourished Children.” Voting ends October 13th. Thank you so much.


Chessia Kelley, International Medical Corps

October 2, 2008 - Posted by | Charity, Community, Cross Cultural, Financial Issues, Health Issues, Interconnected, Social Issues


  1. Some time back there was a segment on 60 minutes on a miracle food called Plumynuts.

    Here are some excerpts from their site:

    ” Now we have something. It is like an essential medicine. In three weeks, we can cure a kid that is looked like they’re half dead.”

    “The formula was developed by a nutritionist. It doesn’t need refrigeration, water, or cooking; mothers simply squeeze out the paste. Many children can even feed themselves.”

    “A daily dose costs about $1”

    “Normally a children’s hospital 60 Minutes visited would have more patients than beds. But now, thanks to Plumpynut, it has empty beds”

    It’s perfect: cheap and effective. Hopefully with the right kind of management and support, we would soon see the end of malnourished children…or am i too optimistic?

    Comment by Darya | October 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. sorry i 4got the link to their site: 😀

    Comment by Darya | October 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. I didn’t know about Plumynuts, Darya, so I went to your source and discovered they are distributed by Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontiers probably my favorite charity in the whole world. In fact, they are in competition, like the IMF, for a $1,000,000 donation from TripAdvisor,so I urge you – and EVERYONE to go to the Trip Advisor link and vote for the Doctors without Borders to get the $1 million dollar support. They will most certainly make very good use of the donation.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. Let me clarify – to different competitions. IMC and DWB are not in competition with each other; they are in different competitions against other charities, so you can actually vote for both. One will win funds from American Express, the other from Trip Advisor. Wooo HOO, everyone wins!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 3, 2008 | Reply

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