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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.

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!).

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

Small Scale, Huge Impact, World Give Day 2011

Our friends at Open Books were kind enough to write TWO blog series posts for us.  Please take a moment and read this post about Open Books, and how small scale donors make what they do possible.

Small Scale, Huge Impact: World Give Day 2011

By Stacy R. | May 3rd, 2011


“Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.”

– World Give Day, 2011


In 1974, my father published a paper that would eventually cement his reputation in the now-crucial field of nanotechnology. Because I am not (and never will be) a scientist, I asked him to explain what was so important about it, and he told me: things at the small scale are fundamentally different, and because of that, they change what is possible. Stained glass looks the way it does because nanoscale impurities change the perceived color, for example, and circuits that are only a molecule wide have conductive properties that larger construction cannot duplicate. And although I am newer to my job than he is to science, I know that what is true of nanomaterials is just as true for nonprofits: things at the small scale have the unlimited power to change what is possible.

In 2006, brand-new to the world and not even yet certified as a 501(c)(3), Open Books tentatively announced our existence and that we were accepting book donations. As the collection overflowed first my house and then a storage unit and then ten more storage units and then a small warehouse space, we realized we were being given the opportunity to build self-sufficiency through earned income as soon as we could find the right place to sell them. Now, with our bookstore and online sales operations going full-speed, we know more than ever how crucial every single book is to our goal of financial independence. Small-scale book donors make Open Books possible, one book at a time.

Continue reading about the impact small-scale donors have had on Open Books.

Small Scale Donors Are the Backbone of Philanthropy (or are they?)

We are excited to add a new post to our blog series by the creator of Jcrowd, a new crowdfunding site, preparing for its launch, that we are happy to welcome to the crowdfunding scene.

Small Scale Donors Are the Backbone of Philanthropy (or are they?)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, is World Give Day and I’ve been asked to post a blog on the subject, “Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.”

Many have the impression that philanthropy is all about big name donors who give millions and billions.  This is particularly true after Warrent Buffett and Bill Gates announced the billionaire challenge asking billionaires to pledge half their wealth to charity.  Add to this foundations that give grants to large and small projects and it’s easy to see why big name philanthropists and foundations are important to non-profit organizations.

How then do small scale donors benefit philanthropy?  What is their significance?  In truth, small scale donors became a significant factor in the philanthropy world since the advent of the Internet and particularly Web 2.0 – interactive Internet.  Until then, it was simply more cost effective to apply for grants than to mount a fundraising campaign targeting many small scale donors.

Consider:  A billion dollars has been raised through JustGiving, a UK online fundraising platform for charities during the past decade.  The average donation is about $75.  Clearly, there is power in numbers.  Nowadays a non-profit organization can mount a fundraising campaign through crowdfunding sites like JustGiving that entails no cash outlays.  These online platforms take a small percentage of the raise.  All the standard trappings of an off line fundraising campaign are missing.  No hard copy advertising, no mailings, no dinners etc.  The word is spread through email (opt in, not spam – we hate spam!) and online social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

So, are small scale donors the backbone of philanthropy?  I don’t know if they are but they most definitely are playing a larger role in philanthropy and their numbers are growing because of technology.  In a recent blog I reported that online is the fastest growing fundraising channel for nonprofits.  In 2010, Convio clients raised $1.3 billion online – an increase of 40% over 2009.  According to Blackbaud’s 2010 Online Giving Report, as well, year-over-year growth for online giving in 2010 was 34.5% compared with 2009.  Donors aged 25-44 are more than twice as likely to make a donation online than offline.  Clearly small scale donors are becoming much more of a factor in the philanthropy space than they ever were.

Keep reading on Jcrowd.

Providing Your Daily Vitamin C… the inspirational way

This post comes to us from a GiveForward friend who has worked hard to keep the spirit of giving alive in everything she does.  A big thanks to Amy for putting together this post:

World Give Day – May 4th, 2011

May 2, 2011

Everyday we are faced with the opportunity to changes the lives of people around us for the better. We can provide support in times of need, Give love, or even simply smile at the people we meet as we are walking down the street. 

Click here to continue reading Amy’s post.

One Person Can Make A Difference

This mother-daughter contribution to the World Give Day blog series perfectly captures the impact that giving can have from the point of view of a cancer survivor.  Who better to talk about the difference that individuals can make, than someone who fought through breast cancer and then in turn gave her time and strength to help others do the same?

A big thanks to Jamie and Linda for taking the time to share their experience.

One Person Can Make A Difference

by Jamie Hager

I am thrilled to take part in World Give DayGiveForward is an amazing organization that helps individuals fundraise for medical and philanthropic causes. When writing my own post (which is coming shortly!) for World Give Day, I kept thinking of my mom. Not only is she the greatest mother (I’m slightly biased), she is an amazing, caring, selfless woman. Since beating breast cancer, she has taken it upon herself to help other cancer patients. Whether its being an advocate, raising funds, or simply being an empathetic ear, Linda goes above and beyond. Before I shared my own thoughts for World Give Day, I wanted to share what my mom wrote for World Give Day:

Who says that one person can’t make a difference in the world? Or change the world to a better place?  That certainly is not my motto. I believe that behind every fundraising dollar there is always a passionate person.  I am one of those people.  

Click here to keep reading about how these two keep the giving spirit alive every year.

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