Washington, DC, April 09, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- In a thrilling finish to the second annual March Goodness Tournament, nonprofit journalism enterprise MinnPost beat out 3 other finalists for the grand prize of $10,000 by raising $46,810 during the Final Four round. In addition to the $2,285 raised and $1,250 bonus for winning the Big Dance Midwest Region during Round 1, MinnPost raised a total of $60,345 to support its mission of providing high-quality journalism for news-intense people. Razoo created the March Goodness Tournament in 2009 as an innovative e-philanthropy contest to connect nonprofits, fundraisers, and donors across the country. This year's competition was sponsored by Major League Soccer club D.C. United.
MinnPost is recognized locally and nationally as a nonprofit pioneer in providing and sustaining high-quality journalism. They are building an engaged online community of tens of thousands of people who care about Minnesota, its democracy and its quality of life. Emerging from an initial field of 64 nonprofits across the United States, MinnPost was joined by fellow regional winners endPoverty.org, Helping Paws of Minnesota, and the Akilah Institute for Women in the Final Four. Although MinnPost led for almost the entire Final Four round, endPoverty.org mounted a serious challenge and briefly took the lead in the final 10 minutes of the fundraising competition. However, MinnPost secured the victory thanks to a few last minute donations just before last night's midnight deadline.
"Only three years ago, MinnPost didn't exist -- not even as a gleam in anyone's eye. Today, we have more than a dozen great journalists, 45,000 regular readers, 4,800 registered commenters, and nearly 1,800 donors. And now we've won the March Goodness Tournament. If that's not a Cinderella story, what is?" said Karl Pearson-Cater, MinnPost's Director of Operations.
Asked how MinnPost would use the prize money from March Goodness, Editor and CEO Joel Kramer mentioned that MinnPost wanted to expand reporting on education issues affecting the state of Minnesota, including K-12 and higher education, education reform and charter schools. "We cover these issues to some extent, but not as much as they deserve based on importance to the future," said Kramer.
Overall, Razoo's March Goodness initiative brought in nearly $265,000 in donations for participating nonprofits -- significantly exceeding the $162,000 that was raised in 2009's inaugural edition of the tournament. “It was exciting to see the response of donors who rallied behind their favorite charities. Our mission at Razoo is to help individuals experience the joy of giving, and in this friendly competition we saw both donors and nonprofits enjoying themselves while making a significant difference,” said Razoo's CEO, J. Sebastian Traeger.
Founded in 2006, Razoo.com is a lively online giving marketplace that inspires donors and nonprofits to engage and connect with each other to make a difference in the world.