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WGD Partner: UniversalGiving

Say hello to our new partner for World Give Day, UniversalGiving!

UniversalGiving is an award-winning website that helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing projects all over the world. All projects are vetted through UniversalGiving’s trademarked, proprietary Quality Model.™ 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause. UniversalGiving is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose vision is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.”™

In 2011, UniversalGiving raised thousands of dollars in donations, with users giving amounts ranging from $5 to over $3,000. The site aims to help “everyday donors” make a large-scale impact. Here are some of their top picks for projects serving the world:

Plant new trees and restore degraded areas of the rainforest: There are over 400 acres of degraded forest on Osa Conservation property. UniversalGiving is working to actively restore these areas to healthy rainforest by planting native trees. A donation will allow for the continuation of forest restoration efforts by paying for tree nursery supplies, transportation of trees to planting sites, and land stewardship staff to carry out the entire project.

Provide food and care to children in areas of East Africa devastated by famine: A donation of only $10 provides food and nutritional supplements for a severely malnourished child in The Horn of Africa for one week. 11 million people in this area are at risk of dying due to drought and famine.

Support the building of earthquake-resistant housing, so families can live in safety: Build Change’s work in Haiti since the devastating earthquake has already resulted in builders and homeowners trained, the development of training resources appropriate for Haiti, and the hiring and mentoring of Haitian technical staff. Their important work has resulted in over 24,000 people living in houses that will not collapse in the next earthquake in Indonesia and China; and they will continue expansion of Build Change’s proven, effective post-earthquake housing reconstruction model to Haiti.

Check out their Top Gift Packages and Top Volunteering Opportunities for more ways to give.

We are so grateful to have UniversalGiving’s support for World Give Day!

WGD Partner: Buzzbnk

Introducing our newest partner, Buzzbnk!

Buzzbnk is a crowdfunding website which enables social entrepreneurs and social ventures to raise funds and build a crowd of supporters. The idea of Buzzbnk first came from Michael Norton who had a vision about empowering positive people to back bright ideas by tapping into their social networks.

Buzzbnk is being launched in the UK, but it is open to ventures anywhere in the world which are seeking to deliver a public or social benefit.

Buzzbnk’s first ever successful campaign was run by Timebanking UK, who wanted to publish a book called Your Money or Your Life. Or Both. The first Time Bank in the UK was opened in 1998. Since then, over 250 Time Banks have been launched and thousands of people have discovered that their lives can be richer, safer and far happier if they come together and get back to some ‘give and take’. Through timebanking they have all discovered a way to co-operate, to change their worlds for the better and to share and care for each other – regardless of the size of their bank balances.

Martin Simon, CEO of Timebanking UK, said, “I decided to use crowd-funding through Buzzbnk and self-publish as I am convinced that there will be plenty of people who would be interested in all the great things that have been happening and who would be happy to invest in the book and then enjoy reading it.”

One of Buzzbnk’s first successful international projects was ColaLife’s AidPods. ColaLife had already designed AidPods to fit between the rows of bottles in a crate which carry simple medicines out to rural areas. Through Buzzbnk they were able to raise £3055 to pilot the idea and make it work.

What Buzzbnk finds particularly exciting is the range of projects that comes through their door. They are as equally inspired by small projects as by big ones. Through a partnership with the Young Foundation, Buzzbnk have been helping young UpRisers raise up to £1,000 for their own campaigns. They have helped raised £615 for a pop-up tea room on Human Rights. And at the other end of the scale, they have organisations such as The Converging World, a registered charity, who recently raised over £112,000 towards a new wind turbine as a 5 year loan.

Buzzbnk is an awesome organization, and we’re so thankful to have them on board for World Give Day!

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!

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!

United Way St. Croix Valley Give 10, Tell 10 for Basic Needs Campaign

United Way St. Croix Valley is running its Give 10, Tell 10 for Basic Needs Campaign April 8 – May 15, 2010 as part of a larger effort to raise money to close a $90,000 shortfall in last fall’s United Way fundraising campaign.

United Way St. Croix Valley’s Board of Directors has pledged to donate a $1,000 match for the first $1,000 raised in the campaign.

United Way St. Croix Valley is asking people to donate $10, and pass the campaign information to 10 friends.  An easy way to forward the campaign on to friends is through sending out links to their informational YouTube video:

United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director John Coughlin explained the importance of closing the financial gap in the campaign.  “We will need to reduce funding to most agencies by at least five percent given where we stand at this time.  Our hope is that we may be able to restore some of the funding if our series of small fundraising efforts over the next several months are successful.  Our partner agencies are seeing increased demand for services but have fewer resources to help those in need.”

“The United Way Board is stepping up and pledging the matching money because we understand how critical the need is right now,” Board President Tonya Lathe said. “We hope we can encourage others to give by pledging ourselves.”

To donate online, visit United Way’s website at

To donate by check, please mail your donation to:

516 Second Street, Suite 214B

Hudson, WI 54016 is an online fundraising site that helps individuals and organizations raise money for any cause they care about.  GiveForward is hosting a 25 day Giveasaurus Challenge leading up to World Give Day.  Donate $30 to get your Giveasaurus shirt now!

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