Thursday, December 19, 2013

Poker Means Giving…for Good.

This time of year, we often think about charitable donations.  Giving is one of the things that makes the holiday season special.  Usually, the idea of tossing your money away at the poker tables is abhorrent.  But this season, you can do it and feel good about it, and it’s all for a good cause.  And it actually won’t cost you a dime.
You may not be familiar with the Heifer International organization.  My wife and I have been involved for a couple of years – last year we gave, as a gift to each other, a share of a sheep and some bees. Not sure what we’ll give this year – maybe a goat, or a camel.
What?  Here’s what Heifer is all about:
Heifer provides communities in developing nations with gifts of livestock, training on how to turn that livestock into a multiplying source of food and income, and education on sustainable and earth-friendly practices.
When their animals reproduce, our partners become donors by giving those baby animals to someone else who needs them. Here at Heifer, we call that Passing on the Gift®, and it is the ultimate expression of what we believe in. 
And here’s the deal on how you can play free poker and give until the cows come home:
Zynga.org has teamed up with Heifer International to make the world a better place through games. When you play your favorite Zynga game this holiday season, you're making a positive impact on the world at the same time. Now giving is as easy as playing the game!
Your generous donations through Zynga's games will go towards furthering Heifer's mission to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Zynga will donate 100 percent of its share of the sale of virtual goods in eight games, and thanks to a generous supporter, donations will be matched up to $400,000! The funds will be used to further Heifer's work in Malawi and the United States.
When you play Zynga poker, you can pass on a portion of your table winnings (a 15% “toke” for Heifer) just by playing.  And winning, of course.  I’ve given them a little over a $2 million so far.  The goal is to get TWO TRILLION in chips – that will translate to $100,000 for Zynga, and that will be matched with another $100,000.

A word of advice – if you’re playing Zynga poker, be sure to click on the little GREEN button in the upper right corner to turn on the giving function (it's RED when you first see it).  You’ll also get a “LEARN MORE” button so you can read all about Heifer.  See the pix below.

You’ll be glad you played – and gave.  Thanks.

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