Contact Information: Julien Leitner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Charity Launches New Fundraising Initiative that Empowers Ordinary People to Change the World - $2 at a time.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, OR December 1, 2014–The Archimedes Alliance, a non-profit charitable organization that leverages small donations to make significant global change, is launching a social media based campaign through the month of December with the goal of raising $20,000 to improve lives around the world. Working with PeerSpring, an organization that connects innovative youth-run charities to funding sources, the Archimedes Alliance is harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to collect $2 donations from 10,000 people united by their desire to magnify their impact and move the earth.
Founded in 2011 by then 13 year-old Julien Leitner, the Archimedes Alliance democratized philanthropy by asking for $2 donations and leveraging the power of social media to reach people around the globe. Thousands of people from every continent contributed over $40,000. Last January, the Alliance made its first donation to Outreach International, the charity voted on by donors. Kevin Prine, CEO and President of Outreach International, wrote that Julien “has created a village of people with a common desire to make the world a better place. The contribution from Archimedes will impact almost 1,000 people living in poverty. Even more important, however, is the viral effect our work has on other communities as those living in poverty see the possibilities that are being accomplished by their neighbors. This will impact families for generations to come.” The current campaign seeks to raise $20,000 during the month of December, allowing the Alliance to make its second world-changing donation.
Visitors to PeerSpring can read about Julien’s initiative, contribute and—critically—direct others to the cause. Julien has appeared in regional, national and international news outlets including the Huffington Post, the Oregonian, CNN and local ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates. He was invited to give a TEDx talk last year and has been a vocal and inspiring agent of change, particularly for young people eager to leave a mark on the world.
About Archimedes Alliance The mission of the Archimedes Alliance is “to encourage and promote philanthropy on the broadest possible scale by providing a vehicle through which a large number of people of ordinary means can collaborate to make a significant positive impact on the lives of others.” It is a non-profit operating under the umbrella of the Charitable Partnership Fund, a registered 501c3 located in Portland, Oregon. The Archimedes Alliance has an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Julien draws no salary, and over 95% of all money raised is donated directly to charity.
The video launching this new campaign can be viewed here.