BlogHer honored with the Anita Borg Social Impact us decide how to use the prize money

Today, on behalf of Lisa, Jory and me, I have the great pleasure and honor of announcing that BlogHer was chosen as the 2008 recipient of The Anita Borg Social Impact Award. The Award comes with $10,000 in prize money, and we'd like to get your advice on how to give back with that money in a way that captures the BlogHer community's spirit, considering it is both your spirit and your accomplishments that are at the heart of winning this award.

First, the facts:

Per the Anita Borg Institute, the Award "honors an individual or team that has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society or has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology."

We are thrilled to have been chosen, first because the Anita Borg Institute's mission to provide "resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation" is so well-aligned with our own mission to "create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community, and economic empowerment."

We're also thrilled, because winning the award came as quite a surprise! See, we knew that one of our very earliest advisors, Sylvia Paull had nominated us for the award two years ago, and we knew that she had re-submitted the nomination last year. But this year we didn't think we had been submitted, so when I got the call a few weeks ago telling me that BlogHer had won, it was wonderful and out-of-the-blue news.

Here's the fun part: The Award comes with a $10,000 prize. And we would love your ideas on how we put that money to best use in service of this community and its mission.

Here are some ideas we've kicked around to get the party started:

  • As Denise blogged this morning, we've joined the Donors Choose October Blogger Challenge, so we could find a bunch of projects having to do with tech and fund them
  • We could also ask our friends at GlobalGiving to recommend tech-related projects to add to our BlogHers Act widget and fund those
  • We could create a college scholarship fund for women heading into the tech field
  • We could use the money to fund bringing activist bloggers from developing nations to BlogHer '09. Every year we get emails from all over the world from amazing bloggers who are blogging in the face of enormous challenges and would love to join us and meet their blogging sistren
  • We could fund women entrepreneurs via Kiva
  • We could use the funds to build a centralized blogging tutorial and resource section on This is something we've always had on our list, and that many BlogHers ask for
  • That's a starter list that we built with only a little bit of brainstorming here at BlogHer HQ. What would you add? Or which of the above is your favorite? Please tell us in the comments. We can't wait to see what you all come up with, with a little bit of brainstorming.

    Thanks again to The Anita Borg Institute and to all of you in this wonderful let's go do something cool with $10,000!

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