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This article was published on February 10, 2012


    Co-founder of charity fundraising site Raise5 will dance in a bear suit for your Valentine

    Co-founder of charity fundraising site Raise5 will dance in a bear suit for your Valentine
    Drew Olanoff
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    Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for onlin Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for online charitable movements. He founded #BlameDrewsCancer. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or email [email protected]

    File this under “eating your own dog food”, or in this case, bear food. The co-founder of Raise5, a charity fundraising site that lets people offer up any product or service in return for a $5 donation to their charity of choice, is offering to sing any song to your Valentine while dressed up like a bear.

    That’s right, to raise money for charity: water Hassan Hassan will sing any song and dance along to it in a video for your gifting pleasure. When this email came through, I chuckled and thought “Who wouldn’t want to receive a dancing a bear video AND a donation to charity as a gift?”.

    The Raise5 project was launched in Toronto during the last Startup Weekend in November. The site hopes that the service will enable anyone to leverage their skills, talents, knowledge, and creativity to raise money for charity $5 at a time.

    Of course this is a brilliant bit of marketing to get the site out there, but there’s a genuine social good implication here which shows that you don’t have to be famous or popular to raise money for charity and make a difference. All you need is a bear suit and some dance moves:

    Bear suit video for charity on Raise5