Jackie and Mike Bezos Donate $25,000 to the RaiseforWomen Fundraising Challenge

Posted on May 07, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Jackie and Mike Bezos have donated a personal gift of $25,000 to "The RaiseForWomen challenge," a fundraising initiative supporting nonprofits doing work to empower women and girls around the world. The donation, combined with $75,000 from The Skoll Foundation, brings to $100,000 the total in prizes going to the causes that raise the most funds.

Jackie and Mike have been longtime supporters of women and girls, and in making their donation, said, “We are delighted to amplify the impact of these great organizations doing amazing work on the ground to help women and girls reach their full potential, and are proud to partner with the RaiseforWomen Challenge.”

The RaiseforWomen Challenge was created through a partnership between The Huffington Post, CrowdRise, The Skoll Foundation, Jackie and Mike Bezos and the Half the Sky Movement to help more than 100 women-focused non-profits gain resources and recognition. The organizations support a variety of causes -- ranging from providing education and economic opportunity to  preventing child marriage and combating gender-based violence.

Jackie and Mike’s generous contribution increases the prizes for the top three charities to $40,000, $20,000 and $15,000. An additional $25,000 will be awarded via bonus challenges throughout the six-week campaign, which will culminate on June 6. The RaiseForWomen initiative has raised more than $200,000 in crowd-sourced donations in less than two weeks. To donate or create a fundraising team, visit www.raiseforwomen.com.