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Gotham Gal

Gotham Gal gets just as fired up about giving as we do here are GiveForward.  We are honored to have her contribution to the World Give Day blog series:

Gotham Gal

Tommorw, May 4th, is the second annual World Give Day.  World Give Day is a day designated to inspire people all over the world to give.  Give what?  Give anything from time, money, kisses, clothes, whatever.  The idea was born to inspire a culture of giving, period.

I was asked by Give Forward to write a blog around this topic.  The idea is to respond to the statement:  small scale donors are the backbone of philanthrophy.

Small scale donors have changed the game.  Local people especially children put together lemonade stands to raise money for tragedies around the world.  Although small amounts might only be raised many small amounts can create a big pot.  Look at Kickstarter that has literally changed the face of giving as well as Give Forward.  Organizations like are matching pro bono volunteers with non-profit foundations so people can donate their skills to organizations that can’t afford professionals at that level.

The Internet has flattened the world.  We can make choices around the world to give back.  We can send small parcels to soldiers in Iraq as easily as giving small amounts to fund a friend who is walking for breast cancer.  Many small scale donors are what really make a difference because the traction from many is the key to rising tides.  Nothing like getting one big check but it is communities that make the biggest difference and although small scale donors could be spread across the world giving to the same cause they become a community through that cause.

Continue reading here at the awesome Gotham Gal’s blog!

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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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.

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.

Tutor Mentor Connection

Tutor Mentor Connection joined the World Give Day conversation yesterday with their own post on why small scale donors are changing the face of philanthropy.  Please take a moment to read their post and learn more about this great group.

For more from this blog series click here.  Want to join the conversation?  Email us to get involved in this blog series.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011

World Give Day – May 4, 2011

I was invited by my friends at Give Forward to participate in a blog series they are hosting at in honor of World Give Day < > .

World Give Day is an annual day of giving that encourages people to give whether it is a donation, their time, or even a hug. The goal of this day is to encourage the culture of giving.

Since I’ve led an organization for 37 years that has depended on the contributions of time, talent and dollars from many people, I’m delighted to write about this.

In fact, I’ve been writing about the challenges of making mentor-rich non-school tutor/mentor programs available in hundreds of locations for the past 18 years in my role as leader of Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection.

I hope you’ll take some time to read some of the past articles.

The challenge of a non-profit leader is the same challenge I had as an advertising manager of the Montgomery Ward Corporation, yet larger.

Running for Good

Yet another inspiring post was written today as part of our World Give Day blog series.  A big thanks to Loving the Run and Brady for joining our discussion about giving.  Take a moment to read her moving story about why she runs.

Running for Good

GiveForward—a Chicago-based organization that provides individuals with fund-raising pages— asked Loving the Run to respond to the following statement: “Small-scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.” Here’s my perspective as an endurance athlete.

My Dad

This week marks the 16th anniversary of my dad’s passing. He died of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, at 46. My sister and I were 10 and 11 at the time.

In the years following, I did little to honor his memory. I thought about him every day. I talked about him every chance I got. That was it, until last year…

To read the rest of Brady’s post click here to head over to Loving The Run.

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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