Before we delve into what the Project for Awesome (P4A) is, we first have to inform you as to what a Nerdfighter is. Put simply, a Nerdfighter is a person who, instead of being made up of cells and tissues and organs are, instead, made entirely of awesome. That was a bit tongue-in-cheek. Nerdfighters are really a sort of fan-following of two brothers, John and Hank Green, and their various projects (“How To Be a Nerdfighter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyQi79aYfxU). John Green is the award-winning author of young adult books such as The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, one-half of the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, and the host of Crash Course World History. Hank Green is a musician and entrepreneur, having started Vidcon, the largest gathering of YouTube creators and fans in the world. Hank is the other half of the Vlogbrothers, and host SciShow on YouTube.
In 2007, the Green brothers began a crowd-funded charity called the Project for Awesome, and it has taken place every December since then. The point of the P4A is for people to make videos explaining about a charity that they believe deserves donations, and the community donates money into a big pot that is divided into the charities that are voted on the most. Last year there were 10 charities, each awarded $40,500 of a more than $400,000 pot. This year, the donations are more than doubled, sitting at $837, 203. Find out more here: http://www.projectforawesome.com/about