WGD is a day when the crowdfunding community collaborates; a day when a number of websites committed to micro-philanthropy and micro-investing band together to promote the spirit of giving.
Oh, when crowdfunding collaborates.
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…
A fabulous post by our friend Desiree Adaway. Big thanks to our friend and fellow philanthropist!
by DESIREE ADAWAY on MAY 4, 2011
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.
Our friends over at Compass X Strategy put together this awesome post about why they make giving a part of their company motto.
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!
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.
Laura Kimball has been an amazing World Give Day advocate both as an individual and as a part of Jolkona. She wrote this great post for our blog series. Big big World Give Day hugs to Laura and everyone over at Jolkona!
A few weeks ago I was introduced to GiveForward, a crowdfunding site that empowers individuals fundraise money online for medical expenses like chemotherapy, organ transplants, mission trips, and their favorite non-profits. Their values and approach are very similar to Jolkona as they encourage you to use your small-scale donations to create a big impact. They do it by allowing individuals to start campaigns and raise money for a very large expense. And we do it by partnering with nonprofits around the world to find with cost, high impact projects and let you track the impact of your gift over time.
Mission statements aside, our vision is to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists by showing that you, our community and donors, can make a difference today for as little as $5. This vision and the idea that small-scale donations are the backbone of philanthropy is a thread that connects us with GiveForward and a number of other nonprofits and social enterprises that are part of the paradigm shift in philanthropy.
It’s the idea that you can make a difference no matter how much or how little you have to offer. For example, one of our projects allows you to provide group housing for the future leaders of Rwanda for $45. While that project alone may not mean anything, if you consider the fact that the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and AIDS epidemic has produced the largest percentage of orphans of any country in the world (825,000 orphans in a country of 10 million people), providing housing for an educated society will give these ambitious students a safe home and support system that will allow them to further their education and rebuild their country. The life-long impact of this single donation is huge. Can you imagine what that student will accomplish because of your gift?
The ripple effect you can create from one small gift is limitless.
To celebrate this approach to giving and philanthropy, we’re excited to partner with GiveForward for World Give Day, a day where people all over the world are coming together to celebrate the causes they’re most passionate about.
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 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.