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Archive for February, 2012

WGD Partner: StartSomeGood

We’re happy to introduce a new World Give Day partner for 2012!

StartSomeGood exists to empower changemakers to raise the funds and mobilize the community they need to move from idea to action and impact.

StartSomeGood was founded by social entrepreneurs for social entrepreneurs, and uses crowdfunding to empower all changemakers to raise the startup capital they need directly from their community, irrespective of if they are for-profit, non-profit or unincorporated.  If you have an idea to transform your community, StartSomeGood helps you make it happen.

Since launching in March 2011, StartSomeGood has helped 38 social entrepreneurs raise $250,000 to launch their initiative.

Here are some stories of users who have found success using StartSomeGood.

Brad Hurvitz – When Brad Hurvitz of Trek to Teach wanted to raise funds before they had 501(c)3 status, he previously would have had few options.  Through StartSomeGood, he raised $2,910 to take action and expand Trek to Teach’s educational offerings to many more students in Nepal with a goal of placing 10 teachers into schools in the Himalayas this year.

Jack McDermott – Having spent years receiving speech therapy for stuttering, Jack McDermott looked for ways to connect the speech therapy community with technology.  He raised $3,246 on StartSomeGood to launch Speech For Good, an iPhone app which makes speech therapy accessible and affordable.

Do Good Bus – The team behind the Do Good Bus had a big vision: take their bus on the road with the Foster The People band hitting up 22 cities and involving thousands of young people in active citizenship and supporting local nonprofits everywhere they went.  With the support of 680 backers, they raised over $100,000 to make it happen.

Check out their eBook below for more awesome success stories: Let’s Start Some Good: What’s Next In 2012.

Big ups to StartSomeGood for partnering with us to help support World Give Day!

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WGD Partner: RocketHub

We’re excited to introduce our first partner for World Give Day 2012!

RocketHub is a launchpad and community for independent artists and entrepreneurs.

The crowdfunding site offers an innovative way to raise money and tangible opportunities to take creative products and endeavors to next level. RocketHub is a destination for emerging artists and entrepreneurs, and those who wish to discover and support innovative work.

Here are some stories of users who have found success using RocketHub to launch their dreams:

James Portnow – Seattle-based game designer and co-creator of Extra Credits, a web series on pro-social game design. Extra Credits funded over $125,000 from 4,000 people and was featured at SXSW, on Gamasutra, and on the homepage of Reddit.


Aram Bajakian – NYC-based avant-garde guitar player raised $4,000 from fans and strangers to fund his album. Lou Reed heard Aram and chose him as his new guitarist, while Aram’s album is now released by John Zorn’s Tzadik record label.


Darko Lungulov – Serbia-based award winning filmmaker raised $9,000 from movie buffs for feature film project Here and There. The film won “Best New York Narrative” at Tribeca Film Festival, and was featured in Variety, L.A. Times, and New York Times.

Big shoutout to RocketHub for coming on board to help support World Give Day!

Valentine’s Day Rebooted: Introducing Generosity Day

Generosity Day

We love the idea of revamping Valentine’s Day into Generosity Day!

Here are a few quick tips on how you can join in on the giving:

  • Leave an extra big tip to your server/taxi driver/barista, etc.
  • Make a donation to your favorite cause
  • Sign up to volunteer in your community
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Leave your friends/family a sweet note
  • Surprise someone with a big hug

How did you say “YES” and participate in Generosity Day?

Be sure to check out the Generosity Day site to see how others are celebrating Generosity Day.

World Give Day 2012

World Give Day 2012 is only a few months away, which means it is time to start spreading the word!

This year’s World Give Day, celebrated on May 4th, is all about creating unexpected joy. Whether it is through giving someone a smile on the street, helping a friend move, volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or visiting a shelter to play with dogs, we are constantly touching the lives of people around us and creating unexpected joy. Our goal is to get more people to become actively involved in their community to raise awareness about their favorite cause.

We are currently looking for participants for this year’s blog series!  Bloggers will respond to the statement: “Small gift, big impact: Tell us about a time when you saw a small act of giving create lots of unexpected joy.”

We are also working on holding hug flash mobs in various cities throughout the country and looking for organizations and volunteers to help us out.

We have lots in store for World Give Day 2012!  Shoot us an email at worldgiveday@gmail.com if you are interested in participating!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @WorldGiveDay and check us out on Facebook and let us know what you’re doing to create unexpected joy.

Last year’s WGD was a huge success. We’re ready to make this years even better!

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