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.