Read the /r/ShowerThoughts announcement post here: http://redd.it/2a9dve
(I've included an edited version of the post below)
The other day I checked ShowerThought's traffic stats, something I hadn’t done in a little while since becoming a default. As it stands now, it looks like /r/Showerthoughts got roughly 3.9 million unique visitors in July, and we’re on track to get just over 4 million unique’s in August. That’s a lot of people. 3-4 million people just casually reading humorous Showerthoughts each month.
I’d like to see how much good a few million of us can do. In the past, reddit has been responsible for a number of highly successful fundraisers - but for whatever reason I haven’t noticed many in the past year. reddit admins even created redditdonate.com to help moderators create campaigns for their favorite charities - but I haven’t seen it used much at all since it’s creation. So, considering the position we’re in now - in charge of a page with millions of visitors per month, I can’t think of a reason not to start a campaign for a really great cause.
We’ve chosen charity: water, a “non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.“ So far, charity: water has funded 11,927 water projects in 22 different countries - using 100% of received donations. I’d encourage everyone to read through this website to see what the organization stands for and how they operate. I've personally followed them for a few years and have always been interested in getting involved somehow.
I’ve set the campaign goal at $50,000 USD. At the time I created the campaign, I wasn't sure if the campaign ended when the goal was reached or if it ended when time was up, so just to be safe I just set the goal high. $50,000 isn't our actual goal - I'd be thrilled if we raised $10,000 or $2,000. Really, any amount raised is great - there’s no minimum or maximum.
That said...it’s safe to say that maybe 3-4 million different people will see this post each month. If only ? of us donated $1, this campaign would be the most successful campaign in reddit history - and the second most successful campaign ever for charity: water. That’s just for one month. The realist in me knows the chances of us hitting that mark are slim, but I’d like to think we can come close. (Just for reference, last year YouTuber “PewDeePie” raised just over $450,529 ...think about that...no, *Showerthink* about that. Yeah.)
So, if you can - please donate! Each donation counts - big or small (though I think the big ones count more…). If you can’t donate, please share this post or donation link with whatever audience you might have!
Thanks everyone who read this post in full, and extra thanks to all who donate or spread the word!
(More information provided by Charity: water)
Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink -- even the water in our toilets is clean!
But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, 5,000 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand Filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.
We started this fundraising campaign to help charity: water build these types of projects around the world, and we're looking for anyone who can help us.
Please donate to our campaign -- anything you can give is a huge help.
100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.