DonorsChoose Challenge 2010! Help Kids! Win Prizes! Beat MaximumPC!

Another year, another chance to help public school kids. This month we are once again raising money for, an excellent charity that lets teachers submit proposals for projects they can’t get funded otherwise. Last year, thanks to generous matches from HP and readers like you, we raised more than ,000! Mind-blowingly awesome!

DonorsChoose works like this: You, the donor, gives money to DonorsChoose to fulfill part of all of the project, and when the project is fully funded, DonorsChoose buys the materials for the teacher. And the donors get thanked with emails and photos–and even actual thank-you letters if you give 0 or more.

And here’s how Mac|Life comes in. To motivate you to give to projects on our Giving Page, we’re holding contests all month. To enter, just donate to one of these projects, then forward your email receipt to me at susie at I will email you back a hearty thank-you and enter you in that week’s drawing.

We have tons of prizes to give away all month long, starting with this week’s biggie: a Kanto SYD 5 speaker system, which we rated GREAT and named Gear of the Year in 2009. This puppy is straight from our testing lab, and retails for 9. It works with an iPod of course, but aux and RCA inputs let you connect other music sources, and the wood cabinet’s four powerful speakers sound awesome. To enter, give any amount — even just — to a project on our Giving Page, and forward me the receipt. Your deadline for this Week 1 prize is 11:59pm Pacific time this Saturday, October 9, 2010.

Win this Kanto! Just forward me your receipt by 11:59pm Pacific on Saturday, October 9. Winner announced Monday, October 11. See the FAQ for the official rules.

Our Giving Page is also featured on DonorsChoose’s 10th anniversary leaderboard, where you’ll notice we’re battling our sister magazine MaximumPC! That’s right, it’s a Mac-versus-PC showdown, and your big chance to prove that Mac users have it going on, philanthropically speaking. I mean, we don’t have to spend money on all those virus-sniffing programs, so we’ve got that advantage already…

Want to get involved? Start at our Giving Page, and toss a few dollars toward a project you find meaningful. This class in California needs an iPod touch. This elementary class in Michigan wants a Mac mini for the library. An early childhood center in South Carolina needs art supplies. And this teacher wants to rock her classroom’s world with everyone’s favorite educational supertoy: LEGOs. (LEGOs in school! Come on now, that rocks!)

So dig deep, give generously, and email me your receipts to be entered to win the Kanto. Watch our total grow on the leaderboard. Let’s show MaximumPC that while we’ll never agree on an OS, we all want to help kids succeed in school. Leave a comment or send me an email if you have questions, a project we should add to the Giving Page, or anything like that. I’ve got an FAQ here with the official contest rules. Gooooo and go DonorsChoose!


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