#12DaysOfGiving Day 12: Beth Kanter @Kanter & Sharing International

Beth KanterDay 12 of #12DaysOfGiving challenge features one of my newest favorite people: Beth Kanter (@Kanter).

If anyone has inspired us to the truth that people want to give back and help out, it’s Beth. Her twitter bio reads, quite humbly:

Let’s talk about networked approaches & social media for training and capacity building for the nonprofit sector that leverage learning and impact.

but the fact that she has over 400,000 followers shows that she does far more than talk. She leads.

Her charity of choice is the Sharing Foundation.

Let’s Help Send Some Cambodian Kids To College

I’ve been participating in the #12DaysofGiving , a 12-day bonanza of giving, sharing, and promoting social good from 12/13 to 12/24.  Each day a different blogger champions a cause.  Today is the last day and it is finally my turn!    I’m fundraising for the Sharing Foundation, that supports children and young people in Cambodia.


Why this charity?   Because my children were adopted from Cambodia and it is a way to give back.

Education is the path out of poverty in Cambodia.    The Sharing Foundation has a full range of educational programs for children, from pre-school to college sponsorship.  Our family is sponsoring Keo Savon who grew up in the Kampong Speu Orphanage where my daughter spent the first year of her life.   Keo Savon graduated from the local high school, steadily holding #3 and #5 in her class of 65 students.    She is studying chemistry, math, physics, biology, and Khmer literature at the University where she hopes to major in architecture.

Won’t you consider a holiday donation to the Sharing Foundation to help support Keo Savon and others like her?  You can donate here.


Long time readers of this blog will remember Leng Sopharath who I sponsored for college with early experiments in fundraising on Twitter and creating case studies of social fundraising.    Through the Sharing Foundation’s college sponsorship program and our support, Leng was able to go the University to study accounting.  Her education was interrupted by a serious medical problem, but she recovered.  She graduated in 2010.   Sponsoring her education was more than the money, sponsors and students also write letters to one another for support.   I was lucky enough to meet Leng Sopharath when I traveled to Cambodia in 2007.

As of this morning,  we’ve raised $1,677.    If I can raise another $323 before Santa Claus arrives, then we can send two kids to college!     Donate here!

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