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

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Do Good, Live Well

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…

Happy World Give Day

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, 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…

  1. 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.

Compass X Strategy

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!

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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Climate Cycle and World Give Day

Our friends over at Climate Cycle were kind enough to take some time to participate in our World Give Day blog series by writing about what small scale donors mean to them.  Take a moment to read their thoughts and check out this amazing group.

World Give Day

May 1, 2011 1:05 AM

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
, an online fundraising tools for individuals, challenged us and others to speak to the idea that small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.

And we believe that Margaret Mead’s words say it as well as it can be said. Very often we see a large challenge in front of us and quickly surmise what a large solution may be needed to solve it. But when we step back, we realize that a large solution often takes the form of many small solutions joined together. Like the links on our bike chains that keep our wheels moving, Climate Cycle’s success is in very large part the sum of our small scale donors.

Climate Cycle was started to bring environmental education to students and to empower them to change the way they and their schools (and the community around them) view and use energy. The work of these students drives and complements the strong effort of our Riders, which harnesses the generosity of our donors, who are our friends, our family and our communities. One student at a time, one pedal at a time, one dollar at a time. Some of our supporters may consider that their donations of time, effort and money are of a small scale. But we don’t see it that way.

Continue reading here.

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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.

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. 

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How Do You Give?

World Give Day is a day focused on giving.  Whether it is giving a donation, giving your time or giving a hug, World Give Day’s focus is to encourage the culture of giving.

So on that note, what is your favorite way to give?  Here at GiveForward, we love giving hugs, in fact we make an effort every day to hug one of our users, and make a co-worker smile.

Hugs are our favorite way to give, what is yours?

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