Support Bricks for Good and receive an exclusive LEGO model

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Here's a great idea: donate to charity and get a LEGO model of what your donation will buy. Here's the press release:

Bricks for Good (www.bricksforgood.org) is a brand new charity fundraising feature of GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.org). Through Bricks for Good, donors receive special limited edition building sets containing LEGO elements in exchange for donations to select charitable projects. There are three sets available (build a school, plant a tree, build a well), each corresponding to a set of three GlobalGiving projects that receives the donation.

When you make a donation you can get a set to build a well, school, or tree using LEGO elements and we'll use your donation to support projects that actually dig wells, build schools, or plant trees in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. To receive a custom set, donations of $50, $100, or $150 are required; shipping costs are included (US locations only).

How Bricks for Good Works
GlobalGiving has designed three custom brick sets to allow users to build a well, a school, and a tree. The brick sets are a free thank-you gift in return for a donation to the Bricks for Good Fund. Based on your selection, GlobalGiving will disburse your donation to several top-performing projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia that are focused on providing clean water, expanding basic education, and promoting reforestation.

About the sets
The sets were designed by Justin Rupp, an employee of GlobalGiving, AFOL, and member of WamaLTC. Each set has been designed to contain techniques, elements and opportunities for play that will appeal to both adults and children. Each Bricks for Good set includes all of the pieces required to build each set and step-by-step instructions to assemble the set. All of the parts in the sets are official LEGO elements, with the exception of one custom set of stickers in the well set.

About GlobalGiving Foundation
GlobalGiving is a fundraising platform that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised nearly $66 million from 267,000 donors who have supported more than 5,500 projects around the globe. Find out more at www.globalgiving.org.

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It sounds like a great idea, and a worthy cause, so if you can please support this initiative by a fellow AFOL.

10 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

real nice idea and for a good cause too. Shame shipping is restricted to the United States.

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By in United States,

I'm sorry but the lowest amount that you can donate is $50 to get a set, is crazy but besides that who has money to donate.

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By in United States,

^ I think you're missing the point by complaining. The idea is to donate to help, not "to get a set". The LEGO is just a perk.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a very good idea :) The tree model is amazing! and the well is very good :) don't have enough to donate but I hope this worthy charity recieves lots of donations! :)

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By in United States,

Sounds like you are getting loose pieces and instruction how to build it, not a Lego branded set with box and instructions from Lego. Am I wrong?

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Psymon - where's the charity spirit? we don't perform selfless acts for equal gain - the lego's a great bonus. and so what if it's not branded? - they're still great models and so what if the price steep? - it means that the charity gets lots of money which helps hundreds of people :)

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By in Switzerland,

@Morgan19 - you hit the nail on the head - thanks!!
@pysmon - this has nothing to do with the LEGO one gets, or with us AFOL's getting an exclusive set. The LEGO one receives is certainly an incentive, but not the reason.
It's about helping, not receiving.
Ahhhh, the times of consumerism...I want, I have the right, etc.......

@brix - your right, and you were faster than I was with your post :)

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By in United States,

The prices aren't steep at all:

"The fair market value of the Bricks for Good Well Set is $10, so $40 of your $50 donation is tax-deductible."

"The fair market value of the School Bricks for Good set is $35, so $65 of your $100 donation is tax-deductible."

"The fair market value of the Tree Bricks for Good set is $45, so $105 of your $150 donation is tax-deductible."

You get to donate to a worthy cause, receive a gift of thanks for your donation AND receive a tax deduction on the difference. Regardless, I'm sure they would gladly accept a donation of any amount you're willing and capable of donating - you just won't qualify for one of the gifts in return if you don't reach one of the pre-set "bricks for good" thresholds.

Also, if you wish to receive a gift but want to donate less money, there are other items available on the "Gifts for Good" page - they just aren't all LEGO-related: http://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/giftsForGood.html

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By in United States,

Seems like a great way to use some of the money I have made selling Lego. Plus my kids would love all those tree bits. Glad to see someone using this hobby to help others!

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By in United States,

^ If the only reason you're giving 50 dollars to a charity is to get a Lego set, I think you should rethink your morals. The Lego set is an incentive to give money to others that are far worse off then you. You give a little, plus you get a great bonus too! Laugh all you want, this is a great idea and I hope it works for them.

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