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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our friend (and reciprocated friend/founder crush) Brittany Martin at Zealous Good wrote an awesome top 10 list for World Give Day. Check it out!
Top 10 Reasons Why I Love World Give Day
10. I love an excuse to make a top 10 list. And this is a good one!
9. The second annual World Give Day takes place on May 4th which is coming up soon!
8. It is similar to Thanksgiving but without the food hangover.
7. It was started by GiveForward and I have a friend/founder crush on both Desiree and Ethan (don’t worry, my fiancé is cool with it).
Wanna see the rest of the top 10? Click here and head over to Zealous Good and show them a little love.