By Christy Savellano, Development Associate
Kudos to Jordan Uhl! The Washington, D.C. journalist mobilized 80 donors via Twitter, promising to do the #OneChipChallenge if they raised $2,000 for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
In six days, the campaign raised $2,585. It culminated with Jordan eating “the world’s hottest chip,” Paqui’s Carolina Reaper Madness, in a live Twitter stream on Wednesday evening.
With more than 82,000 followers on Twitter, Jordan is an editor at AmpliFire News and a co-host of Think Twice Podcast. He created a CrowdRise fundraising page to raise money for CCH and encouraged his social media followers to donate. They liked and shared his tweets to spread the word, gaining donor attention and nearly 100 new Twitter followers for CCH.
In one of a series of tweets encouraging people to donate, Jordan said, “…@ChiHomeless is doing lifesaving work to make their lives better. Start 2018 off right by making a donation to help their cause!” That tweet alone received 298 retweets and 529 likes.
While live streaming his #OneChipChallenge to over 9,000 viewers, Jordan explained his inspiration to fundraise for CCH.
“They do lifesaving work in Chicago, with how windy it is, how cold it gets there, I think about the homeless population, this is a lifesaving organization,” said Jordan.
To view Jordan’s #OneChipChallenge click on the link below:
To preserve its independent voice, CCH does not accept government funding. Many thanks to Jordan for this one-of-a-kind fundraiser and to all the people who donated to help Chicago’s homeless community. Your collective generosity advances our mission to prevent and end homelessness.