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ChipIn

ChipIn is a fundraising “widget” that allows you to easily collect money on your website, blog, or social networking profile (such as MySpace or Facebook). What ChipIn excels at isn’t in replacing your existing “donate now” button, but in small, concrete fundraising campaigns that have a clear goal and endpoint. The ChipIn widget provides a graph of how close you are to your goal, and automatic “thank you” emails can be customized. Money collected can be channeled to a PayPal account, direct deposit or a traditional paper check. Take a look at Beth Kanter’s case study below for ideas on how to create effective fundraising campaigns using this kind of widget. The second Social Actions article gives a good roundup of all of the fundraising widgets out there if you want to explore other options.