The giving spirit was spreading like wildfire yesterday and we had so many people join our blog series with truly inspiring posts. One such post was written by our friend over at Do Good, Live Well. Take a look…
Today is… World Give Day
On Monday, I enjoyed a speech by the guy who started World Give Day. His name is Ethan Austin and he’s also the founder of GiveForward.com, a website that offers free fundraising pages for friends and family members of loved ones who are facing medical crises. What a great idea. Ethan mentioned how bizarre it is that as a society, we are quick to send a check or a gift when it’s someone’s birthday, or anniversary, or graduation. But what do we do when a crisis hits? No one really knows exactly how to help. Our intentions are always noble, but there’s no good system for sending support when it REALLY matters, right!?
Well, GiveForward fixes that. Ethan wants anyone who is facing a serious illness to be able to benefit from the generosity of friends, family members, coworkers, even strangers. So he created a hub for managing donations that can make a huge difference for someone facing a medical challenge.
So today, in honor of Ethan and World Give Day, I am giving $25 to Kamron Mains, a young boy on GiveForward fighting brain cancer in Florida. Today is for Kamron!
Will you consider joining me for World Give Day? You don’t have to give money. You can give ANYTHING! Here are three ideas…
- GIVE AN ANGEL !! Join my Angel Endeavor. Give someone who is fighting cancer a friend, mentor, and support system by registering a cancer survivor as an Imerman Angel.
A fabulous post by our friend Desiree Adaway. Big thanks to our friend and fellow philanthropist!
The Power Of Giving
by DESIREE ADAWAY on MAY 4, 2011
Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
Times are difficult for so many people. Huge unemployment, record breaking gas prices and a general sense of unease have made many of us fearful. We just are not sure what the future will bring.
We thought that by 2011 things would have gotten better and for many of us things have. Yet that nervousness of the bottom dropping out still plagues us…..it still lingers.
I have at times over the past year felt hesitant to give, donate or share. It shames me to write that, but it is the truth. At times I have felt that fear. That feeling of lack-the false sense that if I hold on tightly to what I have things will be ok, if not better.
It was so not true.
Conventional wisdom tells me to hold on tight, holding my coins tightly in my hand and to ignore the pain and suffering of others. Spiritual wisdom tells me to give freely and even to give more especially when I feel that I cannot. This wisdom tells me to dig deeper and connect with those in need. It tells me help in all ways I can—emotionally, financially and spiritually.
Click here to keep reading…
World Give Day is over for yet another year, but the giving doesn’t end just because it is May 5th (c’mon it is Cinco de Mayo, give someone a margarita!). In fact, we still have a few awesome World Give Day blog posts rolling in for our blogging series. This post is one the hug-crazy staff at GiveForward particularly likes. A big thank you to Nikita Mitchell from Journeyful Life for putting this gem together.
Free Hugs on World Give Day (and Every Other Day)
For a long time the Free Hugs Campaign video has been one of my favorite YouTube videos. This is probably no surprise to those of you who know me. I’ve been known to endorse hugging as a legitimate solution to many-a-problem, for both local issues (aka fights in my house) and global issues (group hugs are powerful stuff). Former coworkers have even nominated me for non-existent Chief Hugging Officer positions. Clearly this is something I’m proud of…
Hugging is one of those things that everyone doesn’t love. It can be awkward and confusing to do with new people, it can be uncomfortable with those you don’t know intimately, and it can leave the scent of someone’s cheap cologne lingering on your clothes all day. I get it. Really, I do.
However on the flip side, it could literally be the one thing that makes your day. I’ve been there, and I’m sure many of you have too. Similar to a smile, an unexpected hug from someone can remind you of the kindness and compassion in the world.
Today I was reminded of how much I enjoy the act of receiving hugs, so I’ve decided to make it my act of giving for World Give Day, a day organized to encourage people to give – whether it’s by making a donation, through their time, or even a simple hug.
I mean, really. What could be more perfect? Everyday I’m surrounded by individuals who are willing to give without hesitation. Whether it’s their time that they’re giving to nonprofits as volunteers or whether it’s their money that they’re giving to individuals like me who are fundraising for a cause. The love is always being spread through my community.
Keep reading! (and check out the awesome video)
Our friends over at Compass X Strategy put together this awesome post about why they make giving a part of their company motto.
Compass X Strategy
I loved Saturday mornings when I was a kid. My sister and I were devoted to Schoolhouse Rock (Interjection!) and The Superfriends. In general, I never considered my self a superhero fan, but there was something about the Superfriends. Mostly, I was in awe of the transformational powers of the Wonder Twins. “Wonder Twin powers, activate! Form of…” Watching them use their powers to do or be something different was mesmerizing. I didn’t realize it then, but what I have come to realize is that they were actually quite deep. They acted with purpose. They stated their intentions aloud (“Activate, form of….”). They committed to it.
So, in Wonder Twin fashion…. “Business, activate! Form of….good citizen.” I like it. Now, how to make that happen. Obviously, it must start by doing good work. Whatever it is you do, do it well. Make your customers, patrons, or clients deliriously happy. Deliver a positive return on their investment. Make their lives and their businesses better. Is that enough? Can business also be a force for good? Some will say that if the purpose of a business is to make money, that spending more to be force for good to the planet and community doesn’t make financial sense. But here’s the thing. It does. Studies show that companies that take care of all their stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, the community, and the planet) actually do a better job of delivering returns to their shareholders than those that just focus on the bottom line. If you are interested in learning more, check out the book Firms of Endearment.
In that spirit – here is the idea (Big shout out to BCause Media for being the catalyst on this). Companies should give. Give the time and skills of their individuals. Give donations to organizations and causes in the community. Make them relevant to your company’s mission and your employees passion. But give. To spur some ideas, here is what we do at Compass X Strategy. We donate 20% of our time to pro-bono work to worthy causes and awesome start-ups. And we donate 2% of every project’s corporate consulting fees to charity. Where the money goes is up to our clients. What will your company do?
Make Jayna, Zan (and their Space Monkey Gleek) proud. Happy World Give Day!
Thats right… our friends over at Dutiee figured out how you and I can give more than Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined. Keep reading to see how we can make that happen…
[Editors note: This post is in honor of our friends at GiveForward.com. GiveForward’s fund raising platform allows individuals to raise funds for patients undergoing critical treatments and surgeries.
GiveForward.com declared 4th May every year as World Give Day]
We were asked to comment on the statement “Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy” for our #GiveDay post.
We began searching for facts and figures, data to prove that individuals indeed are the backbone of philanthropy. And we found this excellent paper by researchers at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Research data shows that, in the year 2008, the top 400 foundations and 60 high net worth individuals collectively donated $32.8 billion to charity.
Surprisingly however (or not?) individual donations in the same year amounted to $274.9 billion!
In other words, you and I and our friends, when we get together with our small donations, we actually end up pumping more money towards charitable causes than individuals and corporations who pledge millions or even billions of dollars to charity each year.
So if you have been giving to causes you care about, and have been told many times that your small contribution will never make a dent, you now have research to back you up. Congratulations! And happy World Give Day!
Want to know how to get started? Keep reading Dutiee’s post.
Gotham Gal gets just as fired up about giving as we do here are GiveForward. We are honored to have her contribution to the World Give Day blog series:
Tommorw, May 4th, is the second annual World Give Day. World Give Day is a day designated to inspire people all over the world to give. Give what? Give anything from time, money, kisses, clothes, whatever. The idea was born to inspire a culture of giving, period.
I was asked by Give Forward to write a blog around this topic. The idea is to respond to the statement: small scale donors are the backbone of philanthrophy.
Small scale donors have changed the game. Local people especially children put together lemonade stands to raise money for tragedies around the world. Although small amounts might only be raised many small amounts can create a big pot. Look at Kickstarter that has literally changed the face of giving as well as Give Forward. Organizations like Catchafire.org are matching pro bono volunteers with non-profit foundations so people can donate their skills to organizations that can’t afford professionals at that level.
The Internet has flattened the world. We can make choices around the world to give back. We can send small parcels to soldiers in Iraq as easily as giving small amounts to fund a friend who is walking for breast cancer. Many small scale donors are what really make a difference because the traction from many is the key to rising tides. Nothing like getting one big check but it is communities that make the biggest difference and although small scale donors could be spread across the world giving to the same cause they become a community through that cause.
Continue reading here at the awesome Gotham Gal’s blog!