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Create a Ripple Effect of Change on World Give Day

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!

Create a Ripple Effect of Change on World Give Day

This post is part of a blog series inspired by World Give Day and hosted by GiveForward. To find other posts in this series please visit or follow the hashtag#giveday.

World Give DayA 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.

Small donations are the backbone of philanthropy

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.

How we are celebrating World Give Day

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.

Keep reading here…

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.

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Sharing the Giving

Our friend, Bryan Fenster, has been a GiveForward buddy for years.  A philanthropist through and through, we’re honored to have Bryan take part in our World Give Day blog series.

World Give Day 2011

As World Give Day is shown on the horizon, I can’t help but think of how far we’ve come as small-scale donors. Because of you, the often voiceless have a voice, a community can rally and change their narrative, create, build, love harder, and make the best damn tasting “Lemonade” out of the lemons life has given them. Even those who are unable to pay for medical bills/treatment are getting a shot because of your willingness to “GiveForward“.

The digital divide between small-scale donors is closing by the day. Crowdfunding, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and email chains sustain us with what seems like infinite possibilities to get involved and give our time or at the very least, a donation. A donation, no matter the amount, can go a long way. It’s very honorable to give your hard-earned to an organization or cause, family members and friends, and complete strangers. Personally, it’s one the most fulfilling feelings, knowing that you’ve contributed and created movement and progress, to the bettering of a situation or human life. This closes the divide between us that much more while instilling an invested interest that has the potential to influence.

Read the rest of Bryan’s awesome post.

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

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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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It Doesn’t Take A Lot To Make A Difference

Another amazing blogger, Melissa Kowalchuk, has taken the time to write a little about giving and why she thinks it has such an impact on the world around us.

It Doesn’t Take A Lot To Make A Difference

To me, small scale donors are the people who want to give back and make a difference, but might not necessarily have large funds or amounts of time.

I’m someone who has always enjoyed giving back through volunteering. Ever since I was young, I would find ways to give back which was always done through volunteering because I never had a lot of money to donate. Until recently, I didn’t know a whole lot about micro-financing or micro-donation. Until recently, I fell into the trap that so many people at this life-stage fall into – graduate college, find a job, and get so caught up in supporting themselves for the first time and making a career for themselves that they forget to give back or simply don’t have the time. With student loans looming over our heads, and with something to prove, we pour our heart and soul into our jobs. I say “we” because I know quite a few people who have been in the same boat, but I suppose I can only speak on behalf of myself. For those of us with limited funds and time, micro-donation seems to be the perfect answer.
To me, small scale donors are the young kids who from a very early age have an innate desire to help those around them, and will do whatever necessary to fill that desire.

Click here to continue reading Melissa’s post.

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.

Open Books

Most of the World Give Day partners are all pretty dedicated bookworms so it seemed only natural to reach out to our buddies at Open Books to write about what giving means in their world.

Check out this inspiring post and then head over to Open Books to pick up a good read!

World Give Day: Small-scale Donors are the Backbone of Philanthropy

By Erica | April 20th, 2011

To begin, let me shed some light on the mission of World Give Day, which is May 4th this year.  World Give Day is one day a year when people all over the world come together to support the causes they care about most, whether that means a donating to a local charity, volunteering with a nonprofit, or spending time with a person in need in your community.  The focus is to call attention to the positive impact of a culture of giving.

While every nonprofit dreams of a hitting a grant jackpot which would secure them unlimited funding, we cannot depend solely on receiving grants or winning awards to fund our organization.  We rely on the compassion of individuals.  These small-scale donors are the building blocks of a nonprofit; They help us make ends meet and provide our organization with the human capital to power our programs. At Open Books, we are fortunate enough to see individuals who give of themselves every day, from the donors who give us their used books, to the mentors who work with our students, and the volunteers who staff our bookstore.

Continue reading Erica’s awesome post here.

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