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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “chinaquake”

"I will give US$500 more to Chinese earthquake aid but only if 500 more people around the world will also donate at least US$20."

— Rebecca MacKinnon, Blogger, journalist, activist, teacher

Deadline to sign up by: 20th May 2008
383 people signed up, 117 more were needed

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  • Also please note: will soon have a special fund for China quake relief.
    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • For Canadians, the Canadian Red Cross ( ) has put up a separate fund entitled 'China Earthquake'
    Denis Yuen, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Also China Digital Times has useful information about how to donate directly to the Chinese Red Cross:
    (although their website is not working).
    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • You can also donate through Jet Li One Foundation. ( )
  • One more link:
    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hong Kong Red Cross:
    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • The Amity Foundation:
    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Khamaid, focusing on the Tibetan communities:
    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • just donated $100 on behalf of my family; we shall count for 5. :-)

    Thank you very much Ms. MacKinnon.
    cokelaker, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Bank Accounts listed by the UK China embassy:
  • I've compiled 24+ ways to give so you can decide which way is easiest for you (depending on your interest and your country):
  • Hi,Rebecca

    I created a presentation for this pledge,I share it on

    Would you mind spread it to all of signers?

    Many thanks for your kindness and love to China.
  • Dear Rebecca,

    Thank you very much for your generosity. Even though only 137 people pledged here so far, I am sure many many more have donated already or plan to donate soon. They did not pledge here because they did not know this web site, or they do not trust this web site, or they do not know how this web site works. (For example, if someone pledges here, does it mean that he or she can only donate to a few organizations specified by this web site?)

    Hence, please do not take the low response rate as an indication that only few people have donated.

    Many thanks again!
    Youxue Zhang, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hi Rebecca

    Donate directly to the Sichuan earthquake victims
    Chinese Consulate in New York City
    jun yuan, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Slideshare team also blogged on it at their team blog:

    They also made China Earthquake as current Spotlight in homepage.
  • To make this site more interesting, I will raise the stake. I will donate $5,000 more to Sichuan Earthquake relief (to a charity I choose) if 500 people (including those who already signed up) sign up here to donate at least US$20.
    Zhang, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Dear Zhang, you could create a new pledge and link it here:)
  • Thank you, dear Ms.Mackinnon, I am a Chinese working in America. I am going back to China for good this June. People in China are donating to the Sichuan earthquake area. I know some Chinese here in America have donated their money as well.
    My heart is warmed when I know people care.
    Thank you very much!
    jinyanbin, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Dear Oliver Ding,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I do not know how to create a new pledge. Furthermore, my purpose was simply to attract 500 people quickly to this pledge site. I am sure many more than 50,000 people have already donated or are planning to donate soon.
    Zhang, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Dear Zhang,

    It is easy to create a new pledge, just click on the menu "start a pledge".

    Try it, you could use pledgebank to do more things:)
  • In cooperation with China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, the ministry responsible for disaster relief in China, Half the Sky Foundation has created the HTS CHILDREN'S EARTHQUAKE FUND. You may make a donation via GlobalGiving ( or directly through Half the Sky (
  • Why you are looking for 500 people's support to motivate yourself to donate?

    If you really want to help, just go ahead to donate!
    bijun, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Galvanised into action by and further by Will continue to do whatever I can to spread the word.
  • Bijun, Actually I already donated before I started the pledge. But I wanted to motivate as many more people as possible to donate along with me before I donate again. The intention is to increase the number of people who donate, beyond just myself. I think that makes sense... but if it doesn't for some reason, there is certainly no ill intent.

    Meanwhile, thanks to everybody who has posted good wishes and who has signed up on this pledge!

    Rebecca MacKinnon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Support!
    xin, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • bijun - the idea of having more people donate before rebecca does more is definitely noble - pledgebank is to:

    "help people get things done, especially things that require several people. We think that the world needs such a service: lots of good things don't happen because there aren't enough organised people to do them."

    Rebecca alone is just a fraction of us - but if we help support her we can do more for people in China :)

    For more information check out

    And the UK-China Embassy donation link has been updated to this:
  • Doctors Without Borders currently has a small team working in affected areas. See for details.

    If you are in Hong Kong, you may make a financial contribution to the effort via:
    tsalon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Dear all, I am updating the number of signers on twitter with about 30minutes

    Please join the mini campaign to support this pledge on twitter
  • thank u everyone for your donation to Chinese earthquake aid.
    Han Yi, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I just donated $1000 more to Half the Sky Children's Earthquake Fund behalf of our school. I'll hope you'll accept that from 50 the fifty kids, they're pre-schoolers, so unable to sign!
    Jenifer Weigand, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • short url for this pledge:

    Thanks to Jenifer, thanks to everyone.
  • JPN 10000
    SinNeR, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Donated to Half the Sky children fund, will donate again to local fund raising events and my college alumni relief fund.

    If you are in Boston area, please also consider join relief walkathon or concert:

    Links on top of this page

    Thank you.
    G. Chen, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hi, Rebecca, this is POPO, I've forwarded your pledge to our community and was warmly responded, only too late.

    Actually, we're operating our own donation and will transfer to the matching donation initiated by government of Canada, here's a news link about it

    supposed you have no problem with Chinese reading :P

    Thank you, and bless my country and our world, pray for no pains, no fears, and no tears.
  • Thank you, Jenifer and G. Chen, for your generosity and your trust in Half the Sky to ensure that the children benefit from your gifts. Thank you so much for your kindness and concern.
  • Jenifer and G., we'd love to hear more about the 50 wonderful pre-schoolers and the walkathon/concert in Boston...Would you like to share more with us? If yes, please feel free to call us at 510-525-3377. Many thanks!
    Half the Sky, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I donated US$5000 more to Wenchuan Earthquake relief as promised. I am sure a lot more than 500 people donated, although they did not come to this site.
    Zhang, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Rebecca: I am happy to join your list, made a contribution over 10 days ago to Red Cross, glad to multiply it by adding to your list. cheers, Allen Carlson
    Allen Carlson, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Rebecca_ I am happy to join your list, made a contribution over 10 days ago to Red Cross, glad to multiply it by adding to your list. cheers, Allen Carlson
    Allen Carlson, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Rebecca MacKinnon, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Elliott Ng
  • Sarah Goodyear
  • Denis Yuen
  • Karen Palmer
  • Tangos Chan
  • Colin Mackerras
  • 小容(Oliver Ding)
  • 安猪
  • Otto Malmgren
  • Bruce Wang
  • QienKuen
  • James Farrer
  • James and Deborah Fallows
  • 边晓昌
  • Pamela Hood
  • Adam Minter
  • Patrick Poon
  • 奥日佳
  • Quang Tran
  • Joichi Ito
  • Jane Eggers
  • Ibrahim El-Mouelhy
  • Yasheng Huang
  • andre laliberte
  • Kevin Miller
  • Nathan Shuyou Rosenzweig
  • Jeff Gibson
  • Chuan Sun
  • Cathy Ma
  • Robert A. Kapp
  • Yu Zheng
  • jennifer lin
  • Jennifer Thome
  • Kang Li
  • Sophie Beach
  • Robert Eng
  • Jun Niu
  • Yunshan Ye
  • Anne Henochowicz
  • Dave Porter
  • cokelaker
  • Yan Zeng
  • Mike Davies
  • W Qi
  • susan Roosevelt Weld
  • Scott Galer
  • Alastair Iain Johnston
  • Dengfeng Zheng
  • Chen Zhou
  • X Zhou
  • yang
  • Jing Wang
  • Thomas Bartlett and Li Liu
  • Leo Chen
  • Lynette Ong
  • xiuli zhuang
  • Malin Oud
  • ying Zhao
  • Gregory Ng
  • Martin Hoyt
  • Iva Jiang
  • Tracy Lee
  • Harrison
  • Nancy Wu
  • David and Deborah Pursch
  • Barrett McCormick
  • yubao chen
  • John Kennedy
  • Yongquan Han
  • Kenneth Farrall
  • Yang Dong
  • Ruth Kurzbauer
  • Chi-Chu Tschang
  • May
  • Min Shi
  • 司昆仑
  • Sarah Tranum
  • Liu Yang
  • Helen Baker
  • ruby macdougall
  • Hai
  • Billie Lee
  • Jennifer DuJat
  • Rachel Wiltenburg
  • jianwei
  • xuetao zhang
  • Amber Kuo
  • qian liu
  • Su Chen
  • Jean Han
  • zhi (Drew) Liu
  • Hongwei Lu
  • Jie Huang
  • Shirley Loo
  • Ed Xiong
  • Yihong Ding
  • candy
  • Nancy Chen
  • jun yuan
  • Kate Rauch
  • Ethan Michelson
  • Brittany Marino
  • Yali Z
  • Margaret Lewis
  • En-Hua Yang
  • Isaac Mao
  • Ying Chan
  • bill bishop
  • Weiyun Chen
  • Youxue Zhang
  • Erica Schlaikjer
  • jinyanbin
  • Blessing Them
  • Ning Gong
  • Jiqing Gou
  • A. Tom Grunfeld
  • Rochelle Garwood
  • xi chen
  • Qiang Zhu
  • Rungsi Thavarungkul
  • William Kirby
  • Georgia Popplewell
  • Kaiser Kuo
  • Solana Larsen
  • Holden Lewis
  • Zhengjiu Xu
  • JJJ
  • shmilcc
  • Fred Gan
  • Ying He
  • gaoshan
  • Chris Mi
  • Diana Tian
  • chet brenner
  • Lee Gao
  • Harry Huang
  • Simon Zhang
  • 刘恺逸
  • Wilson Too
  • Jennie Du
  • Dennis Ji
  • 伊兹拉莱(William You)
  • Alex Zhang
  • Gerardo Giordano
  • Yinghui Li
  • Litao Yang
  • Qi Li
  • Naibo Liu
  • Jerry Stryker and 龔德芬
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  • Xiaoming Liu
  • Wei Zhou
  • Zhilin Liu
  • W W
  • Jie Li
  • Eliza He
  • Jing Liu
  • Haining Wang
  • limin zhang
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  • bijun
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  • Linda Lin
  • Jian Xie
  • Keqi Yan
  • sisi
  • H Ouyang
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  • Geremie R Barme
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  • Ni Sun
  • Rick Martin
  • Kim Davis
  • rennyhu
  • Lokman Tsui
  • Kinhson Su
  • Jenifer Weigand
  • Zhiqiang Zhang
  • Diana Stillman
  • Yan Chen
  • brigitte
  • Shu Ren International School
  • Sharon Manuel
  • Joanna Ng
  • ji cao
  • jiakon
  • S.MacKinnon
  • Nan Zhang
  • smallcolor
  • Jianping Xue
  • Qian
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  • 冷韵
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  • smilingdolphin
  • Lin Feng
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  • Bruce MacDougall
  • Fan Yan
  • Steve Beamesderfer
  • Huidong Jin
  • 120 people who did not want to give their names, 24 of whom have done the pledge

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