Atlas Corps Wins $10K in America’s Giving Challenge – Recruiting for Spring 2010 Fellowships in Colombia + Needs Your Support for Another Online Contest

Atlas Corps earned over $32,000 recently in America’s Giving Challenge, which counted the number of daily donors to Atlas Corps through Facebook Causes. Because of its fabulous showing, the organization won an additional $10,000 as top winner in the contest.

Atlas Corps, the fairly new service corps that uniquely recruits skilled international and U.S. volunteers to serve in U.S.- and Bogota-based nonprofits for a year, attracted over 2,500 donations in about a month through the contest.

Now Atlas Corps is hoping to get your click – no financial donation necessary — to sweep the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook which ends Dec. 11th. Chase is donating a total of $5 million in the contest to organizations who garner the most votes — two $1 million prizes, and 100 prizes at $25,000 each. Half a million nonprofits are registered in the contest.

Supporters who want to vote for Atlas Corps should become a fan of Chase on Facebook, then vote for Atlas Corps and up to 19 other nonprofits you support. Get started here. Idealist.org (my organization) is also a contestant!

Atlas Corps — which in its third year already has a history of success with online contests — is succeeding in other ways as well. For example, for its seven open spots in its Spring 2010 class of Fellows, it’s already received over 700 applications.

Atlas Corps is now taking applications from candidates around the world to be a Fellow starting in March 2010.  They have positions in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; and Bogota, Colombia.  (Spanish speaking U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply for the positions in Bogota).

Atlas Corps seeks Spanish-speaking, rising U.S. nonprofit leaders to volunteer in Bogota, Colombia

Atlas Service Corps is seeking nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2010-2011 fellowship positions in Washington, DC and Bogota, Colombia.

They have a particular need for nonprofit leaders from the U.S. and other countries who speak Spanish to volunteer in Bogota, Colombia.

Expenses are paid in this highly competitive fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, and training. (There is a $1,000 tuition for Americans going to Colombia, but scholarships are available.)

Applicants should have a couple years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, fluency in English (and Spanish if applying to volunteer in Colombia), and a commitment to return to their home country after 12 or 18 months.

Candidates from outside the U.S. are placed at host organizations in Washington, DC, or Baltimore, MD, including Ashoka, Asian American LEAD, CentroNía, Grameen Foundation, and Population Action International.

Candidates from the United States are placed at organizations in Bogota like Global Humanitaria and Oxfam GB.

In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations, Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world. For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit their site.

This is a great opportunity to join an international network of nonprofit leaders. Please email applybogota [at] atlascorps.org for more information.  The deadline has been extended and candidates are encourage to apply as soon as possible.

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