One day a year to give to the causes you care about most

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Giving hugs

Just a taste of our morning giving out hugs, if you want to get your own hug we will  be at Daley plaza from 11:30am-1pm handing out hugs!

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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!

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….

Foursquare World Give Day

Want to show your support for World Give Day?  Stand with us (figuratively) by checking into the World Give Day Foursquare venue.

Click here to checkin.

Ways to Give

We love our buds over at Imerman Angels, and we knew they’d be excited to have a chance to talk about giving.  They hopped on board with World Give Day and put together a great piece about how you can give, often one of the things people struggle with most.  Take a look at some of their great ideas about making giving easy.

Imerman Angels is a cancer support nonprofit organization that creates personalized connections between cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. We at Imerman Angels are only able to achieve our mission because we have so many dedicated individuals who support us by donating, volunteering, spreading awareness and much more!

For one day each year, people from all over the world come together in support of charities and causes they are passionate about. That day this year is May 4, so in honor of World Give Day we challenge you to take these simple steps to help an organization or a cause you care about.

  • Write or blog about a charity you love to inform your friends and followers about it too.
  • Follow nonprofit organizations on your social media pages.

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.

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