Target: Matt Polson and Ryan Cummins, Founders of Omaze
Goal: Thank online charity auction for providing tangible benefits to its donors
Usually only wealthy donors obtain the benefits of their donations. Omaze, an online charity auction, allows everyone to experience the benefits of giving to a charity. A small ten dollar donation can lead to priceless results for one lucky winner. Omaze picks a person at random to meet celebrities to world leaders. Winning a date with an actor like George Clooney and attending a Stand Up to Cancer event with Katie Couric have been past prize options. Omaze’s donations are bestowed to the celebrity’s or to the world leader’s favorite charity. Only twenty percent of profits are taken by Omaze to run the organization. After its first year in operation, Omaze raised three million dollars for deserving charities.
What is so amazing about Omaze is that it has not only raised millions of dollars, but also awareness of countless charities. People that would not normally be willing to give see personal benefit in their donation. Omaze ensures that the people who win the lottery are in the spotlight by posting videos of them and their once-in-a-lifetime experience in order to inspire people to enter. Nevertheless, Omaze also makes sure that the videos highlight the importance of a charity’s cause to inspire people to keep on giving regardless of the benefits their donation can provide for them.
Please praise Omaze as a program that encourages celebrities and world leaders to donate their time and money and the general public to be more aware and more generous toward charitable causes.
Dear Mr. Polson and Mr. Cummins,
Thank you so much for creating Omaze. Drawing attention of celebrities and world leaders to worthy charities is an innovative way to get people aware and involved in charitable work. Hopefully, Omaze can encourage celebrities and world leaders to be more vocal about their favorite charities and can help form a long-term love of giving by the general public.
With the lives of the rich and famous grabbing people’s attention, it is important to incorporate meaningful messages into their everyday actions. Whether celebrities and world leaders like it or not, their personal lives serve as models for so many people. I appreciate that you enable them to use their power for good. Please continue to captivate people’s attention to inspire them to give to others.
[Your Name Here]
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