I try to avoid talking about work as much as possible here on the blog, but every now and again, it’s unavoidable, and today is one of those days. If you’re my friend on Facebook or keep an eye on the Twitter feed in the sidebar, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting occasionally to encourage folks to vote for the National Trust in the “Take Part” promotion from American Express. We’re up for a $200,000 grant, one which will be given out based upon the results of three months of online voting. We’ve been holding our own for most of the time, but we’re in the final week and our main competitor has just pulled even with us, and so now I need to beg you all to vote, and if you’re so inclined, email your friends and ask them to help.
Organizationally, this is money we can really use — as a nonprofit reliant on donations and grants, $200K would be a nice chunk of cash for us. Personally, I am pleading because this is the inaugural voting round of a 12-month process, and if we don’t win, I have to spend three more months (or six, or nine) harassing people to vote. And you who know me, know that’s not really my thing.
So, right now, please go to www.takepart.com/membersproject/vote and cast your vote for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We’re in the first category, Arts & Culture. (Don’t be swayed by the other worthy causes; you can vote for them in the next round. That’s what I plan to do.) If you uncheck the boxes for email contact, AmEx won’t even bug you after the fact, other than to confirm receipt of your vote.
If you need help with getting logged into the site (Facebook connect is easiest, but I know not everyone is on FB) there’s a primer on our website. You can find it here.
Thank you for helping out, and please tell your friends. Pretty please. With a cherry on top.
Updated to add: I just came out of a meeting where we decided our theme was “ask five friends.” So that’s what I’d like you all to do… just ask five friends to cast a vote for us. Tell them your crazy daughter/sister/cousin/friend — or just some random blogger — is asking for help for a really great organization.