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Voye’m

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!

World Give Day, and Small Scale Donors

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 how small scale donors were part of Nakate’s Empowered.Org summer campaign. I thought about Tipping Bucket, and our proposal that is going through final review for their site.

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.

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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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History of World Give Day

As we ramp up for the second annual World Give Day (May 4th) we thought it might be fun to take a look back at the history of World Give Day.

It all started last year when GiveForward co-founder and President Desiree Vargas Wrigley was preparing for International Volunteer Day.  She realized that while there were a few days that were set aside to encourage people to volunteer, there weren’t any that focused on giving (besides Thanksgiving of course, and World Give Day is less turkey-centric).

World Give Day was born as a day that GiveForward set aside to focus on giving, whether giving a donation, giving your time or giving a hug (check out our World Give Day hug-fest).

For the first annual World Give Day, GiveForward reached out to non-profits to partner together and spread the word.  An exciting and fun event, this year we’re growing our World Give Day team.

Crowdfunding as a concept is all about giving.  It harnesses the giving spirit within individuals and empowers them to make a difference by joining with like-minded people to give to a cause they care about. With a rapidly growing crowdfunding community we wanted to include them in this day of giving.  This year our partners are working together to spread the culture of giving that they embody every day in their work.

We hope you’ll join us in our second annual World Give Day celebration and take some time on May 4th to give.

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