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Dear Friends,

At long last, we have launched the Yakezie Pledge Page!  Yakezie Webmaster Chris Johnson brilliantly constructed a system we devised to allow Members and registered readers alike to support our quarterly Yakezie Writing Contest (YWC).  At the end of each YWC, those who have pledged will donate the money directly to the winning recipients.

For every YWC, we plan to donate a minimum of $1,000 to three winners ($600 for first place, $300 for second, $100 for third).  We are confident with such a large Network, we will be able to raise more.  The final amount raised will be divided into a 60/30/10 split.  If we raise $2,000, for example, the winners will get $1,200, $600, and $200!


We recognize that everybody’s financial situations are different.  Giving is a very personal decision, therefore there is no right amount to contribute.  Furthermore, if you are unable to pledge money, you can always help out by spreading the word about the contest through your own blog, highlight your favorite essays, and comment on those you like the most.  There’s no shortage of ways to participate!

Our number one goal is to help deserving kids counteract the rising costs of education (tuition, books, after school tutoring, application fees, transportation costs) and help them succeed.  Education is truly one of the most important assets to help us reach whatever goals we may have.

A great education shouldn’t be just for those who can afford it.  Instead, a great education should be available to all who want it.  Education is what helps us break out of the cycle of poverty.  Education is what gives us the skills and the know-how to invent innovative things.  Education is what sets us free!


Once you click over, you will see different tierings.  Please pledge what you can afford to pledge.  Hopefully, by running a quarterly YWC instead of a monthly competition, we are able to give even just a little.

If you would like to donate a different amount other than the set figures of $100, $50, $25, $10, you are free to click as many pledge boxes as possible to equal your desired amount.  Let’s say you want to donate $35 for example, you can click one $25 pledge box and one $10 pledge box.  The number of boxes are endless and it’s all up to the community.

Once you click a pledge, you agree to send your check to the winner within one week after the winners are announced.  Everything is based on the honor code.  If for some reason, we come up short of $1,000 due to unforeseen circumstances, Sam will make up the difference to reach $1,000.  In other words, there will never be a YWC where we will give less $1,000 divided among the winners!

At the end of the contest, the Yakezie Writing Contest Committee will group together the various pledges in three different batches to equal 60/30/10 of the total amount raised.  For example, let’s say we raise exactly $1,000, comprised of five $100 pledges, six $50 pledges, four $25 pledges, and ten $10 pledges.  We would ask five $100 pledges and two $50 pledges to send funds to the first place winner, four $50 pledges and four $25 pledges to send funds to second place, and the ten $10 pledges to send funds to third place.  We could also just ask one $100 pledge to send to third place, and figure out the rest.

The Yakezie Pledge Page provides the most transparent and efficient donation system possible.  Instead of having contributors send money to the Yakezie Network, who then has to pay taxes on the proceeds before redistribution, the winners directly get the proceeds.  Our system ensures that $1 pledged is 100% donated! There is no use of funds towards taxes or operational costs that leave just a fraction of what was originally donated to the deserving recipient.  By sending money directly, we ensure that funds are being used entirely for what they are intended for!


Once again, special thanks to our title sponsor, where you can compare and find the cheapest car insurance deals on the web.  We’d also like to thank, a leading peer-to-peer lending company which strives to make loans accessible to more people, in a cost efficient way, while aiming to provide higher returns for its lenders.  We appreciate all our corporate sponsors who support education and give back to the community.  If you would like to become a corporate sponsor, feel free to e-mail us ( or visit the Yakezie Pledge Page!

The Yakezie Writing Contest will open its vault on Monday, April 18th.  Depending on how many essays we get, we will close submissions at midnight on April 22nd.  Best of luck to all of you.  Remember, if you never try, you will never succeed!

To pledge click here.


The Yakezie Writing Contest Committee (YWCC)

Note: The YWC is the Yakezie Network’s micro-giving initiative.  We are not a non-profit 501(c) organization.  All money is raised by the Yakezie community and donated directly to willing recipients.  Our goal is to simply help those who take initiative afford a better education.

For those who would like to stay anonymous, you can pledge and send the funds over to the Yakezie Network and we will send on your behalf.