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Donation Made to Salvation Army in Honor of World Give Day

Capital Gold Group Donates to The Salvation Army Relief Fund for Victims of Southeastern Tornadoes

LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In support of World Give Day and a continued commitment to giving to those in need, Capital Gold Group, Inc. has announced that a corporate donation has been made to support the much needed efforts of The Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund for the victims of the deadly tornado outbreak which ravaged much of the Southeastern United States.

Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia were struck by as many as 312 tornadoes during the 24-hour period between 8:00 a.m. April 27 and 8:00 a.m. April 28, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The confirmed dead totals 340 with thousands of others injured and left homeless by the devastating twisters. Residents of Alabama were hit the hardest with over 246 killed in the state alone. President Barack Obama visited Alabama on April 29, signing a disaster declaration for Alabama, along with Mississippi and Georgia. Expert analysis by NOAA Research and the National Weather Service of the fatality information from the twisters indicated that April 27, 2011, was the single deadliest day for tornadoes since March 18, 1925.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has deployed teams across the Southeast to provide support to storm survivors in the affected areas, as well as mobile feeding units including catering trucks, mobile kitchens, and a 20,000 meal per day full service field kitchen. A donation to The Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund helps to provide the immediate relief and emergency services to victims affected by the twisters. Initial funds contributed to The Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund by Capital Gold Group, Inc. and others will help get necessary services and supplies such as clean water, food, blankets, and medicine to the survivors of these destructive tornadoes.

Donations can be made at the website, http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or to donate $10 text the word “GIVE” to80888.  Capital Gold Group is urging other socially responsible individuals and corporations to support the relief effort for the victims of this overwhelming tragedy.

You Can Give More than Bill Gates & Warren Buffet Combined

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…

#GiveDay : Its Official. You and I with our $50 Give More Than Bill Gates & Warren Buffet combined.

[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

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:

Gotham Gal

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!

How I Define Giving on World Give Day

The amazing Laura Kimball’s personal post on World Give Day.

How I Define Giving on World Give Day

Posted by Laura Kimball on May 4th, 2011

This post is part of a blog series inspired by World Give Day and hosted by GiveForwardand Jolkona. To find other posts in this series please visit www.worldgiveday.com or follow the hashtag #giveday.

World Give Day

I am part of an amazing cohort of 20 and 30-somethings who are changing the world. It’s a movement that the media is trying to capture but something that is built within the DNA of the majority of people I know. No, we don’t all work for nonprofits or social enterprises, but there’s a strong need to dedicate our lives, our passions, and our careers to doing “good.”

You all know what this means for me as I’ve written about my adventures in philanthropy multiple times. But it goes beyond dedicating my time to a startup nonprofit, it’s about knowing that the work that motivates and drives me tracks towards something that is larger than myself. And my direct relationship with giving has fallen into one of three categories: I give my time, my money, and myself.

I give time – to help build organizations and to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists.

I give money – in small amounts for causes I’m passionate about like providing healthcare for mothers and newborns in India and when disaster strikes and money is the most effective way that I can help.

Click here to keep reading (I promise it is worth it!).

Voye’m

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!

World Give Day, and Small Scale Donors

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

“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 talentsit’s important to continually spread the word about the need to support organizations who support so many great causes, people, and opportunitiesLearn 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.

Keep reading here….

Lost in Cheeseland (World Give Day in Paris)

This blogger took time out of her busy Parisian schedule to write a little about giving.

Lost in Cheeseland

Growing up in Pennsylvania and living in France are quite similar in certain ways. What immediately comes to mind is the fact that both are relatively free of weather risk – earthquakes are unheard of, tornadoes are rare (though possible in rural PA), hurricanes pass over us leaving in their wake only gray skies and torrential rain, and tsunamis are… well, the word doesn’t really make it into our vocabulary very often. I grew up with occasional blizzards and minor flooding in the Philadelphia region and am exposed to even less in Paris.

I may bemoan the sun’s absence for most of the year but I have thus far been fortunate enough to be spared from the realities of natural disasters. Lucky as I may be, I nonetheless feel the terror and sadness each time the media rebroadcasts footage from the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan followed by the tsunami, the monsoon in Pakistan that left 14 million lives changed forever, and, most recently, the tornadoes (all 165 of them in 24 hours) that ripped through the American South. Disasters I used to think, as a kid, were merely Hollywood creations for the big screen are in fact the reality for so many around the world.

And so I give. I donate what I can afford in the hopes that my small contribution will become part of a larger initiative to imrpove the lives of those affected; so the powerless may return to some level of normalcy. But through this, I’ve also realized that giving implies far more than financial donations.

Read more: http://www.lostincheeseland.com/2011/05/world-give-day.html#ixzz1LOatifO3

Giving (and Receiving)

An awesome Jolkona volunteer put together this post on giving, thanks so much for writing this, Chi Do!

Giving (and Receiving)

I advocate for “balance”, that magical point in the middle where both ends are at this perfect, harmonious position, not tipping either way. When it comes to giving and receiving, my giving end tends to be quite generous. I’m not sure whether it is a personality thing, or it was something I acquired growing up. I remember catching myself saying this numerous times, “I know there is no perfect equality when it comes to giving and receiving in any kind of relationships, so I’m okay with being the giver”, hmmm, quite a statement. However, in this new journey, I do want to strive for that perfect equation, in which I am allowing myself to receive. I read this notion somewhere, “Give and you will Receive more”. Maybe I have been doing it right all along. Although it is more important for me now to open up my heart, to acknowledge, to allow, and to breath in what I receive. I am using this as a segueway for the main topic today, participating in the blog series for World Give Day.

The topic of this year is “Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy”

As an avid volunteer of Jolkona Foundation for almost a year, I do believe in small scale donations. It might have stemmed from my childhood where I frequently saved a portion of my weekly allowance to give to the homeless at church every Sunday, when I gave away my savings for flood victims, or the times I donated blood (because that was what I had easy-access to). The point is, as a young child, I shared what I had. That carried on throughout my college years, and now, I found Jolkona’s mission near and dear to my heart. We provide the vehicle to allow everybody to be a philanthropist. We focus on showing the impact of each donation, whether it is a $5 to cure a diarrhea child in India, or a $150 scholarship to a educate a girl in Nepal. All donations count. All donor gets to see their proof of impact.

I encourage each and everyone of you, on this May 4, join together to GIVE.

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Sharing the Giving

Our friend, Bryan Fenster, has been a GiveForward buddy for years.  A philanthropist through and through, we’re honored to have Bryan take part in our World Give Day blog series.

World Give Day 2011

As World Give Day is shown on the horizon, I can’t help but think of how far we’ve come as small-scale donors. Because of you, the often voiceless have a voice, a community can rally and change their narrative, create, build, love harder, and make the best damn tasting “Lemonade” out of the lemons life has given them. Even those who are unable to pay for medical bills/treatment are getting a shot because of your willingness to “GiveForward“.

The digital divide between small-scale donors is closing by the day. Crowdfunding, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and email chains sustain us with what seems like infinite possibilities to get involved and give our time or at the very least, a donation. A donation, no matter the amount, can go a long way. It’s very honorable to give your hard-earned to an organization or cause, family members and friends, and complete strangers. Personally, it’s one the most fulfilling feelings, knowing that you’ve contributed and created movement and progress, to the bettering of a situation or human life. This closes the divide between us that much more while instilling an invested interest that has the potential to influence.

Read the rest of Bryan’s awesome post.

In A Culture Of Giving

One of our favorite groups, Social Actions, was one of the first groups to join GiveForward for World Give Day, and they have been fantastic World Give Day partners from sharing the World Give Day story with their friends and users, to writing about why giving is so important.  With that, I give you Christine Eggers, of Social Actions, and her take on giving – with a poem!

Christine Egger

In a culture of giving: a contribution to World Give Day

This post is inspired by GiveForward‘s declaration of May 4th as World Give Day. In the tradition of awareness campaigns, this one seeks to draw attention to something that’s around us all the time but which we may take for granted.

In this case, it’s the culture of giving.

For this second annual World Give Day, the GiveForward team invited posts about individual donors and the role they play in the field of philanthropy. What a wonderful topic! As I noodled on it, I kept coming back to what I consider the essence of philanthropy — love towards humanity — and to how that love seems to become a gift in the very act of its expression.

In any case, my post quickly turned into a poem – the first I’ve written in 20 years! Thank you, Ethan, Desiree, Cate, and the entire GiveForward team for the inspiration and reason to put these thoughts in writing. Be sure to catch all of the posts in this series!

In a culture of giving

we sit together

in a circle

you and me,

shoulder to shoulder,

toe to toe.

the note on your forehead reads:

“i am growing.

i have questions.

i stand at the edge of where i am

and reach!”

oh!

this is going to be fun

sitting here with you

i form a smile with my heart

and carry it to my lips

you cup your hands

around my smile,

and carry it to your heart

straightaway

only later do i learn

how the note

on my forehead

inspired the smile

that traveled

from your heart

to mine

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