November 29, 2010

Thanks to your votes, we won!

We might be tired of turkey, but we're not tired of giving thanks. Because of your support, we won $200,000 in funding from American Express through its Members Project® program! The funding will help us work toward our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

For the past three months, we have been asking our community to vote once a week for KaBOOM! and to spread the word to family and friends. It has been so gratifying to watch you step up to the plate. Even though we maintained a strong lead throughout the competition, it was a thrill to win. The announcement came in during our annual KaBOOM! Thanksgiving potluck -- a perfect reminder to be thankful for the international community of play advocates who are committed to supporting us in our fight to save play.

In addition to providing funding for five communities to build playgrounds using our online project planner, the money will further our efforts to create a national map of the state of play, improve our online tools and resources, and enhance our play advocacy efforts on the municipal level. These national efforts amplify existing community resources so that they have a real impact on kids’ ability to play every day.

We're proud of you, and we’re proud to be a part of Members Project, a partnership between American Express and TakePart to help people everywhere support charitable organizations. For more information on Members Project, go to: http://www.takepart.com/membersproject.

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