My friend Lacy is the manager of Rock City Books, a cool indie book store in Rockland, Maine. Recently, the owner announced her intention to retire, and has offered to sell the store to Lacy. She has a ton of ideas, a solid business plan, and her loan application in order. However, the bank does prefer you go to them with a little more cash in hand than she has at the moment, so she's trying to go the PBS route by looking for pledges. But she's not looking for a handout... if she can make a go of this, and is still in business and reasonably solvent in two years' time, she'll make a donation of the same amount you pledge to the charity of your choice.
Help out if you can, my nerdy internet superfriends. How often can you say you actually helped someone's dream come true?