A new concept in charitable fundraising: philanthropic extortion.
Charity Bribes is a platform that allows anyone to create a bribe to get a celebrity to do something awesome in support of a charity, like "Bribe Morgan Freeman to spend an afternoon narrating user-submitted animal videos to support The Humane Society." People pledge money to that bribe and, if the celebrity takes the bribe and does it, the money goes to the charity indicated. Our first success––and first bribe––was to get Larry David to join Twitter. He joined and posted his first tweet after fans had pledged over $10,000 to support the NRDC. A bribe amount even a curmudgeon like Larry couldn't turn down.
Stats & Notes
Millions of impressions.
Over $10k raised for the NRDC.
We actually got Larry David to join Twitter.
Created in collaboration with
William Burks Spencer
Illustrations by Rachel Frederick
Press & Criticism
Washington Post Larry David joins Twitter for charity, his assistant confirms
PSFK Raise money for charity by bribing celebs
CNET Larry David bows to the will of the Internet
NPQ CharityBribes.org Succeeds with Larry David in First Attempt
MNN Larry David joins Twitter for charity
Philanthropy Today Fundraising Web Site Gets Larry David to Tweet for Charity
The Daily Dot Larry David joins Twitter, Charity Bribes rejoices
MSN Site is trying to 'bribe' Larry David to get him on Twitter
Mental Floss 12 Attempts to Bribe Celebrities for Worthy Causes
After Ellen Celebrity bribes
Non Profit Quarterly CharityBribes.org Seeks to Harness the Power of Celebrity in Unique Fashion
ABC Larry David on Twitter? Bill Clinton Doing the Hokey Pokey? Check Out Charitybribes.org
Business Insider 12 Attempts to Bribe Celebrities for Worthy Causes
The Independent Charity: How to make celebrities do what you want
Boston Herald Larry David might be heading to Twitter for charity
All Twitter Website Guilts Celebrities Into Participating On Twitter
The Chronicle of Philantrophy ‘Charity Bribes’ Site Hopes to Lure Donations Through Stunts by Celebrities
Kansas City Star Stargazing
Videogum Afternoon links
EW Larry David on Twitter? Open up your checkbooks
Huffington Post Larry David Twitter: Charity Bribes Website Raises Money To Get The 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Star On Twitter
Vulture Website Tries to Get Larry David to Join Twitter
LA Times Charity Bribes puts Larry David in awkward position for a cause
USA Bribe a celebrity for good
DailyDot Twitter would be better with Larry David
CNET Charity Bribes: Coerce celebs for a good cause
Buzzfeed Trolling celebrities with charity