“Pledge It” Teams with 150+ Professional Athletes on Unique Crowdfunding Charitable Campaigns; On Record Pace with 15 MLB Campaigns
Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, and Danny Duffy among Major Leaguers Running 2017 Campaigns, including Pujols’ Quest for Milestone 600th Home Run
Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, May 23, 2017 – Pledge It, the nation’s first and only performance-based crowdfunding platform (money is raised based upon athletic performance), is on record pace, having already raised more than $300,000 for charitable causes through its 15 Major League Baseball (MLB) 2017 charitable campaigns just 50 days into the season – more than double the amount raised for charity in the entire 2016 MLB season.
During the 2017 MLB regular season, more than 15 players have partnered with Pledge It to convert their on-field statistics into financial support for charitable causes. MLB fans are encouraged to pledge a donation for every home run, hit, or strikeout recorded to help make an impact.
“Through our Pledge It campaigns, we’ve found that 7 of 10 fans choose performance pledging over a flat donation because the pledge is being earned. And our average pledge is nearly twice the national average for online donations” said Scott Shirley, PLEDGE IT CEO and former Penn State football and baseball player. “Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see and we are thrilled at the early impact of the campaigns in raising funds for such compelling causes.”
“Working with PLEDGE IT has been awesome, because it has allowed me to connect my passion for the game with my passion for honoring Noah’s legacy and supporting Noah’s Bandage Project,” said Kansas City Royals’ Danny Duffy, who is dedicating his 2017 season to Noah’s Bandage Project to help fund targeted pediatric cancer research. “I love that it gives me the opportunity and ability to earn the fans’ support so we can make an impact together.”
Other MLB 2017 / PLEDGE IT campaigns include:
Join the BIGS League with Mike Trout (for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County)
Albert Pujols Homers for Hope (for the Dominican Republic and for children and families who live with Down syndrome)
Adam Wainwright is Striking Out Poverty Step Up BIG with Eric Hosmer (for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City)
Liam Hendriks is Striking Out Poverty
Colby Rasmus’ Hit Campaign (for More Than a Game community outreach initiatives)
Andrew Bailey’s Strikeouts for United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County
Carlos Martinez’s Tsunami’s Strikeouts for the Dominican Republic
George Springers Dingers for SAY (The Stuttering Association for the Young)
Angels Wins for Kids in Honduras
Dee Gordon Stealing Bases to Strikeout Poverty
Justin Dunn Striking Out ALS
Gregory Polanco’s “El Coffee” Hitting Away Poverty
Brad Ziegler’s Wins for Military Families
ABOUT PLEDGE IT
At Pledge It, we believe support for a cause is earned, not given. Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see in the world! See how athletes and non-profits are harnessing the power and appeal of sports for social good – join the movement at www.pledgeit.org. See how PLEDGE IT is revolutionizing online crowdfunding and non-profit fundraising at Pledge It Video.
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