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.
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!
The amazing Laura Kimball’s personal post on World Give Day.
Posted by Laura Kimball on May 4th, 2011
The Voye’m blog, all about taking a journey in philanthropy, was kind enough to write a World Give Day Post. Take a read then learn more about starting your own philanthropic journey!
May 3rd, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Today is world give day, something I hadn’t even heard of until Laura Kimballemailed and asked me to take part in a blogging series about it. Specifically, a blogging series around the topic “Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.”
I have been thinking about world give day, and small scale donors, since I got Laura’s email.
I thought about how small scale donors were part of Nakate’s Empowered.Org summer campaign. I thought about Tipping Bucket, and our proposal that is going through final review for their site.
I thought about Millie Ojera, her work in Uganda, her home country, and her saying, this weekend, that every little bit counts. Millie gets the concept of small scale donors because she sees it broken down in the day to day. She sees the stories that small donations take part in – $15 for this woman who needs a bus fare to pick up sons that were taken from her when she was left to bed dead two years ago. $50 for this woman, who needs a loan in order to start a vegetable stand. $30 for a family to get rice, beans, kerosene and sugar.
I think that’s the real rub – the knowledge that either what you’re doing makes the difference it’s said pledged to make, or it doesn’t. So, in a very real way, small scale donors, coupled with causes and individuals that put their money to good use (and the use its pledged to) are the backbone of philanthropy.
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“Cool People Care” is a sentiment we can get behind. Check out this awesome post about giving and why it is important to keep giving.
Cool People Care
Today is World Give Day, a chance for online (and offline) awareness to be raised about the importance of giving something away. Whether you donate time, money, or your awesome talents, it’s important to continually spread the word about the need to support organizations who support so many great causes, people, and opportunities. Learn more about World Give Day, and use whatever platform you have (your blog, Facebook, Twitter, an actual soapbox) to encourage others to give something to someone or a nonprofit that needs it so that we can all continue to make the world a better place.
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