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.
Keep reading here….
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