Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

4th Annual Heifer International Fundraiser!



Woo hoo! Time for our annual Heifer International blog fundraising goodness where we spread the cheer for an incredibly worthy cause and try to multiple the giving.

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post OR tweet a link to this post (http://bit.ly/V78KCz) and include the hashtag #NBHeifer to help raise money for a great cause.  Then click over to the other participating blogs at the bottom of this post and do the same thing.

And, better yet, to multiply the giving, if you want in on the fun you can do a per-comment pledge on your own blog! It can be any amount, from ten cents to a million dollars. Totally up to you. Just leave a comment with a link to your blog post or tweet announcing your pledge or e-mail it to me and I'll feature it in this post. (Let me know if you need help tracking your hashtag).

You may have already heard of Heifer International, an organization that works to fight hunger by giving needy families around the world and in the United States livestock, training, or other assistance that helps improve their livelihood. Heifer has been recognized for its work in Fast Company and Forbes, among other places.

If you have anything to spare this holiday season I hope you'll consider making a donation. And in order to encourage people to spread the word about this worthy cause, there are two ways to help increase the giving love (and feel free to do both):
  1. For every comment someone makes in this post between now and 6PM Pacific time on December 24, I will donate $2.00. 
  2. For every tweet that includes a) the hashtag #NBHeifer and b) a link back to this post (http://bit.ly/V78KCz) I will donate another $2.00. (up to $2,000 between the two) 
We can encourage everyone to stop by so we can multiply the giving! Over the past three years we raised over $5,000 together.

Please click over to these participating blogs:
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Anne Mackin
My Karma Jumped Over My Dogma
T.K.'s Tales
Mira's Corner
100 First Drafts
Tales From the Motherland
Daily Adventures






81 comments:

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I love that you do this every year, Nathan. Good luck meeting your goal!

Jessica Love said...

Yay for the fundraiser! :-D

Tres Buffalo said...

I recently donated a flock of chicks through Heifer International!

abc said...

Wonderful!

I like goats.

Unknown said...

Good work, Nathan. All I want for Christmas is... a cleaner to swing by and and leave the house looking fabulous. And maybe a chef. Oh, and a lie-in.

Ava Jae said...

Best of luck meeting your goal, Nathan! What a wonderful cause to raise funds for. :)

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Flu has been mucking up my schedule this week, so I won't be running a challenge this year but will donate to Heifer. Also happy to leave this comment for your challenge.

tawnya said...

What a great cause!

Christina Fiorelli said...

This is an awesome awesome cause:))

Thank you for running the fundraiser!

Happy Holidays:))

E.J. Wesley said...

Great cause and program!

Mrs. Silverstein said...

This is really awesome! And a great organization to support! I hope you raise a lot of money for them!

Teresa Robeson said...

I've donated to Heifer International in the past, and will check my charity allotment this year to see I'll be donating this year. I'm so glad you're doing this again!

Cindy Dwyer said...

My daughter just attended a birthday party for her 13 yo friend who asked that guests donate to Heifer International instead of getting her presents. She far exceeded her goal of $100.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful cause. I would love to participate via pledge but cannot now due to medical bills. I will be trying to comment on all of those who are participating. Thanks, Nathan!

Mirka Breen said...

Doing my part to make you shed $2... Here's to Heifer!

Gretchen said...

I was just thinking about this last week, and I'm glad to see you're doing the fundraiser again! This is what first introduced me to Heifer a few years back. Thanks, Nathan! I'll be joining you again this year, so I'll be back with the link just as soon as I manage to find time to write a blog post.

Anonymous said...

Good for you -- Heifer is a great organization. My parents gave a Heifer beehive donation in our name a few years ago.

Lauren Monahan said...

Yay! So cool that you're doing this. I love using their gift guide for friends. I give ducks and chicks, and I often make my wish lists from their catalogue. one day I'm really hoping that someone will splurge on a goat for me.

Stephanie Garber said...

I know it's already been said, but I love that you do this every year!

Merry Christmas, Nathan!

sepa said...

I've never heard of Heifer before, but I'm glad that I did now. It's an amazing cause, and I'm glad you're participating. :)

Happy holidays from Hungary. :)

Adam

M.L. Swift said...

I'm going around to all of the wonderful blogs I follow to wish you a Merry Christmas (and they're ALL wonderful, otherwise I wouldn't follow). Have a safe and happy holiday, Nathan!

Peace,
ML

Bryan Russell said...

HUZZAH.

Stefan said...

You go Nathan!

Monica B.W. said...

This is awesome, Nathan! :)

Nina said...

Great way to share. Not often does a comment actually do tangible good. Thanks for the chance to participate.

Marcia Meier said...

Heifer International rocks. I bought chicks and a share of a llama for friends for Christmas. Thanks for doing this, Nathan.

Anne Mackin said...

Giving to Heifer always makes me happy because of all those great photos they show of far-away families grinning with their new cow, water buffalo, goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, because their lives have changed.
In addition to parting Nathan from his money, I pledge $5 to Heiffer, for every comment on my blog: annemackin.com

birdinabowler said...

Such an awesome way to make the world a better place. Thanks, Nathan, for reminding all of us about this wonderful organization.

birdinabowler said...

Such an awesome way to make the world a better place. Thanks, Nathan, for reminding all of us about this wonderful organization.

Melanie Schulz said...

Great cause Nathan. Merry Christmas

Kristin said...

I so love that you do this every year, Nathan. Thanks for spreading some cheer.

mkromd said...

Yet again, nicely done you - especially this year, when the world could use an extra dose of kindness.

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Kristi Ann Hunter said...

I love this idea! Hopefully soon I will be in a position to be a participating blog. Fabulous idea!

Madeleine Hogg said...

Four years - really impressive. Cows for everyone!

Cynthia said...

That's wonderful that you're doing this fundraiser.

Alexa said...

Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

It's a nice tradition!!

Dawn Downey said...

Thanks for doing this.

Sarah Bella said...

Heifer is always my charity of choice. Thanks for spreading the word about them!

PS - I tweeted, too!

PA Lassiter said...

This was the #1 donation project of my childhood church. We were farmers and I love this! Thank you! Will also Tweet.

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Melanie said...

Great idea to raise $$$ this way for a great cause.

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Mary said...

Thanks for giving more publicity to this great charity!

Mary said...

Thanks for giving more publicity to this great charity!

Jemi Fraser said...

I donate to a lot of different charities, but haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the info - off to check it out :)

Elizabeth Greentree said...

This is a really good idea, which I have now copied. I'm pledging $1 per comment on my blog: http://100firstdrafts.blogspot.com.au/

Thanks for the inspiration.

Buffy.

alexia said...

Yay! I already made my donation to them this year. They added a bunch of women's empowerment packages, which is what I donated to this year. Rock on Heifer!

Cat Lavoie said...

What a great cause! Happy Holidays and all the best for 2013!! :)

Lynda Mullaly Hunt said...


A great cause--and a wonderful idea! Thank you and Merry Christmas/happy holidays.

Clara Rose said...

Thank you for caring enough to do something!

Kat Sheridan said...

What a great cause! Thank you for doing this!

Sydney Jane Baily said...

Thanks Nathan. Great fundraiser. I bought goats one year in the name of all my relatives instead of giving them presents.

Happy Holidays!!

Jolene Ballard Gutierrez said...

Heifer International is one of my favorite causes! Thanks so much for doing this, Nathan!

Mira said...

Hey Nathan, thanks so much for hosting this! What a worthy cause. :)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

Jen said...

I love this! So glad you are doing this. I feel that ripple of kindness starting to spread already. Happy Holidays!

seekerval said...

Good cause, Nathan. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate.

wonderwoman5432 said...

Was debating where to donate this this year in honor of my neighbors. I'm thinking of Heifer...thanks for the reminder of this charity.

Veronica Douglas said...

I've just found you through a blogging friend. What an amazing idea! Best of luck reaching your goal!

Callum said...

Thank you for your amazing spirit and generosity!

Sul Ki Ahn said...

You're a blessing to the blogging community and to the spirit of giving everywhere! Thank you for all your efforts once again and I hope you have a wonderful, much deserved holiday!

The Daring Novelist said...

Heifer international is one of my favorite charities. It's one that makes a big and lasting difference.

Melissa Haworth said...

Yay, Thanks for doing this for such a great cause! Maybe you'll have enough comments to buy a pig :)

Jennie Brown Hakim said...

I like charities which make a long-term (as opposed to a quick-fix) difference, and Heifer is one of them. Good choice, Nathan.

Gretchen said...

I finally got around to a blog post, so anyone can visit. I am pledging $2 per comment to Heifer as well. Here's the link: http://dailyadventuresgretch.blogspot.com/2012/12/holiday-giving.html

Thanks again for the fundraising effort, Nathan!

Angelica R. Jackson said...

It's amazing when you read the statistics on how much of a difference even some chickens can make to a family's quality of life. Thanks for doing this!

Bryan D said...

Thanks, Nathan! If you're ever in Arkansas, take time visit Heifer's headquarters--it's worth the visit.

Janet Fox said...

I love Heifer and give to them regularly. Go Nathan and Co.!!!

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

Awesome. What a great idea. :)

Kendra Lee said...

Merry Christmas!

A.J. Cattapan said...

You are wonderfully generous! Blessings to you this Christmas!

Tana said...

Happy Holidays!!

Ravena Guron said...

You're awesome! Merry Christmas :-)

Haley Whitehall said...

Thank you for donating to such a good cause, Nathan!

Traci York said...

Happy holidays to you and yours. Thank you for making the season brighter for those who are in need!

wendy said...

All I want for Christmas is that faith, love and peace be victorious over their opposites, and happiness becomes our reality for evermore.

Merry Christmas!

Kristi Helvig said...

Thanks for doing this again, and Merry Christmas!

Kassidy Cervantes said...

Goats and chickens are the best! Yay! :)

fakesteph said...

Happy holidays! I love that you do this every year!

fakesteph said...

Happy holidays! I love that you do this every year!

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Carol said...

This is one of the all-time great charities. So glad you promote it. One Christmas, I gave one of my son's a 'goat' and one a 'sheep' to go to families through Heifer. Thanks for doing this, Nathan!

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