[10 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 703 views]
Complete: Tuition Project for Yasini “Yacn” Biggo (25) of Tanzania. $1,681 Raised. THANK YOU!

**This Project Was Officially Our LAST Aura’s House Project**
Why are we closing down?

This project is now complete.
Launched: April 22, 2015.
Completed: May 12, 2015.

Our goal was to raise $1,500.
$1,681 Raised. THANK YOU!
*Please note that all donations of at least $10 to this project between April 10 and May 12, 2015 got an entry in our Birthday Raffle.

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*All donations of at least $10 to this project will automatically get an entry into our 11th Birthday Raffle.
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[29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 635 views]
One Last Call to Action: Aura’s House Will Be Closing After Current Projects Fund

Dear Aura’s House friends,
I can’t believe that this day has finally come. Once our current three projects to help bright young minds in the Philippines, Tanzania, and India have funded, I will be archiving the site and saying farewell.
Back in 2004 when Aura’s House first launched, I wanted to tap into the power of the internet to see if I could raise $4500 for my sponsored child, Aura Yesenia (9) in Guatemala for a safe, sturdy brick home.
At that time, crowdfunding websites and tools didn’t yet exist so I clumsily …

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[10 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 567 views]
Enter Our 11th Birthday Raffle and Help Fund Bright Young Minds

Hi!
All donations to any and all active projects on our site between April 10 and June 30th (our website’s 11th birthday!) of $10 or more will get an entry into our raffle.  (Example: $10= one entry, $20=two entries, etc…)

First prize is a $100 Amazon gift card or donation to the charity or project of your choice.

Please tell everyone you know and share.

Thanks everyone!
Sincerely,
Kristen Palana
 

 

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[10 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 527 views]
A Crowdfunding Class Project! Lessons for Offline and Online Students

Info For Other Educators Who Might Want to Do the Same.

By Kristen Palana
-Aura’s House Founder and Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome
 
Hi there.
 

This April and May I’ll be leading 10 amazing American University of Rome students in my COM408 Media, Art, and Social Activism class to do a class crowdfunding project as part of our course work this semester. My AUR students have been using an online course I created in January, How to Successfully Raise Money Online For You and Your Cause as part …

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[6 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 1,337 views]
Learn How to Generate Support & Raise Money For Your Cause

Can one ordinary person make a difference in the world and create a massive wave of positive change? Kristen Palana’s newest online course, How I Raised $100K For Charity With No Fundraising Experience answers with a resounding YES and is now live at Udemy.com.
This course was created to empower ordinary people to plan, create, and manage their first successful online fundraising campaign even for those who have no previous fundraising experience and no idea where to start. 10% of proceeds raised will benefit active projects at Palana’s online grassroots …

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[31 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 746 views]
Congratulations to our Holiday Raffle Winners!

Updates, Feb. 6, 2015:
Claudia Tait, our first prize winner has generously donated her $100 prize to benefit Yasini Biggo and pay for some of his University expenses.
She writes,
“I thought Yasini might need clothes, supplies, anything really… (I made it through college on scholarships and had no money to speak of. It was a difficult time, never knowing if I’d be able to finish at all… I thought maybe Yasini could use a treat.)“
Suzzanne and Jeff Cutler, second prize winners have generously donated their $50 prize to Parveen’s Emergency Income Generation Project. Artist, …

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[9 Jan 2015 | 9 Comments | 8,990 views]
Complete: English Tutoring in The Dominican Republic: $3,000 Raised! THANK YOU.

Our goal was to raise $3000+
$3,000 Raised. THANK YOU!  Stay tuned for photos and updates.

Everyone donating at least $10 to this project was automatically entered into our 2014 Holiday Raffle.
In many countries knowing English can greatly change an individual’s future by opening up new job opportunities and furthering their education.  The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a 12 month program, proposed for implementation in both Santiago and Santo Domingo within the Dominican Republic.  Each student’s tuition and expenses costs approximately $200 USD.  It was our goal to …