Help Us Build the Legacy and Give Back to Honor Todd Klindt!
Throughout the years it
has always impressed me with the commitment to giving back that has been
shown by the SharePoint community. We have seen charity fund drives,
donation of services, code camps, and more. This giving spirit has been
evident in my friend Todd Klindt in both his personal life and his
Todd Klindt, SharePoint
MVP, has been doing so much for the technical community for many years.
He's blogged, spoken, and in March of 2009 started producing a weekly
netcast as part of his contribution to the SharePoint community. During
the course of that first year of his netcast, there was a lot of turmoil
in the economy and several times he talked about doing things to give
back. One week, Todd determined that he would make a donation based on
the downloads of his netcast to his local food pantry.
In January 2010, Dan Usher
contacted me (Lori Gowin) and suggested that as a birthday surprise
donations should be made to a charity. We could then send a card to Todd
and tell him about the donation made in his name to honor his birthday.
Todd was genuinely touched by this effort and this began an annual
The tradition of the
Annual Todd Klindt Birthday Charity campaign was born. Each year Dan and
I talk with Todd and may choose a charity that he supports. Reaching
out to people via email, twitter, and at events we coordinate the
donations and get a report of how much they contributed and if they
would like to be included in the birthday card by name or anonymously.
Our success in these past
years has inspired us to expand our reach, and open up donations to not
just Todd's favorite charities, but also to your charity of choice. In
2015, we were able to give to the following charities: Doctors Without
Borders, Adopt-a-Family (Knights of Columbus), Wounded Warrior Project,
Snowdrop Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Nashville
Rescue Mission, Hanna Home, Autism Speaks, Richie's Spirit Foundation,
ASPCA, Jill's House, Imagine Children's Museum - Everett, WA, U12
Striker's Soccer, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis,
and Hope Lodge.
2019-2020 Charity Campaign : December 18th to January 17th
During this time, you will
be able to come to this site and log your donation by filling out a
simple form. This information is strictly confidential and will not be
visible to anyone other than me, Lori Gowin. You can also track the
total that has been raised by the SharePoint Community.
At the end of the giving
campaign I will then compile the total, list the names (no values) and
provide the information to Todd for his birthday.
As you can see, we have
raised several thousand dollars for very worthy causes in the past,
let's make this the biggest year yet.
Thank you all!