Open Casting Call Added for Oprah’s Big Give

Open Casting Call Added for Oprah's Big GiveUPDATE FROM OPRAH — Feb. 20 —

Ok. It wasn’t Oprah personally. But it was her show’s promotion team. That counts, right?

They want you to know that open (aka, in-person) casting calls are scheduled for LA (this Thursday, Feb. 22nd), followed by calls in Nashville, Chicago, and NYC. That’s in addition to the “apply by mail” process detailed below.    This could be your opportunity to give!
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You know that Oprah’s Big Give philanthropy reality show is a go. Eight episodes at least.

Every week, 10 people will be challenged to take the money  ($10,000) and resources they are given and multiply them to come up with the most powerful, sensational, emotional and dramatic ways to give to others. More info here in my earlier post.

Now Oprah’s searching for contestants — “competitive, passionate and creative big thinkers“– and the deadline for applying is February 23rd.

Apply now if you’re interested. All it takes is a 3-minute tape where you express your passion and interests.

Photo credit: Oprah.com

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Nancy Schwartz on February 20, 2007 in Awards, Fundraising: Innovations & Research, Nonprofit Communications, Nonprofit Marketing News, Unique Approaches | 6 comments
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  • Matthew Monberg

    Why are you so excited for this show? As a fundraising professional, I find this a mixed blessing. I’m grateful that Oprah will be bringing giving into the spotlight…but it’s not a game…it’s a lifestyle. Maybe I’m too much of a purist when it comes to giving. But my motivation to give should not be, “Can this get me on Oprah.” You’ve posted a few times about the show–I have to–I would be interested in hearing more about why you think Oprah’s Big Give is a big win for philanthropy.

  • Sherry Williams

    I would love to see more informatiion on the taping dates of the “Big Give” web sites and such as the dates get closer.As you can see I live in Oprah’s hometown, we graduated from the same school, my father opened the barbershop where Mr Winfrey works still today but Oprah doesn’t know me. I used to sell her clothes when she worked at channel 5 here in Nashville.I am one of her biggest fans!!! I think that the giving shows are the best ideas anybody has come up with since sliced bread!

  • SALLY

    I HOPE THEY GIVE THE MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT AND WITH ALL THE MONEY OPRAH HAS, $10,000 IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY, IT SHOULD BE AT LEAST $100,000.

  • Janet Jennifer Martinez

    I am an OB?GYN murse practitioner, working with low-income women.My goal is to raise enough money to fund a project that is dear to my heart.To roaise money to be able to give many young teens and women in their early 20’s. To help stop cervical cancer

  • Bruce

    How does one ask to become a recipiant? Has this been determined long ago? If there is any chance to apply, please let me know. Thanks.

  • DORIS COOK

    I am a recent retiree from one of the largest, beautiful steeple church in Pittsburgh which housed a men’s shelter and also a food pantry.
    My motheris in a Nursing home. I would like to very much to do better than my best to help but I am NO PHILANTHROPIST just have a loving and caring heart.

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