The SOLD Project Competes to Win GlobalGiving's Open Challenge

Local nonprofit has chance to receive funding for its human trafficking prevention programs in Thailand via innovative online marketplace for philanthropy.

Pleasanton, CA, April 15, 2011 --( The SOLD Project has been selected to participate in GlobalGiving’s Open Challenge, a fundraising opportunity for non-profits around the world, and they are in it to win it.

SOLD is raising funds to build a much-needed computer lab in their Resource Center for at-risk students in Northern Thailand. "By investing in the education and development of these at-risk children, we’re not only preventing them from becoming victims of exploitation, but we’re helping to free them to succeed, rise from poverty, and change the future for their families, their children, and beyond," explains Michael Colletto, SOLD's Communications Director.

In order to succeed in GlobalGiving’s Open Challenge, SOLD must raise $4,000 from 50 donors by April 30.

SOLD is also eligible for a permanent spot on GlobalGiving’s website,, the internationally recognized marketplace for philanthropy that connects individual donors to the causes they care most about.

“We are excited for the chance to tap into GlobalGiving’s network of committed donors and corporate sponsors who can support our efforts to stop child prostitution before it begins,” said Rachel Carey, SOLD’s President.

The SOLD Project began raising funds through on April 1 and have through April 30 to reach their goal. As an added incentive, the three projects that raise the most will receive awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively; the project receiving the most individual donations will receive an additional $3,000.

If The SOLD Project wins, it will also gain free access to innovative web 2.0 fundraising tools and connect to a broad network of thousands of donors and corporate and foundation partners already engaged in the GlobalGiving network.

“Non-profits like The SOLD Project are deeply important to the wellbeing of communities all around the world, especially when folks are struggling,” said Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving. “Many of our donors are looking for new opportunities to give back and we want to do everything we can to match the demand with the unbelievable need around the world. It is especially the small, grassroots efforts and creative innovators that do not have the institutional support from bigger institutions that we hope to help.”


About The SOLD Project

The SOLD Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to the prevention of child prostitution through education by providing educational scholarships and additional resources to children at risk in Northern Thailand. What began as a documentary film project in 2007 is now a holistic, community-based prevention program and one of the leading organizations in the fight to stop child prostitution before it begins.
The SOLD Project
Heather Colletto