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…
- GIVE AN ANGEL !! Join my Angel Endeavor. Give someone who is fighting cancer a friend, mentor, and support system by registering a cancer survivor as an Imerman Angel.
A fabulous post by our friend Desiree Adaway. Big thanks to our friend and fellow philanthropist!
The Power Of Giving
by DESIREE ADAWAY on MAY 4, 2011
Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
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.
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Thats right… our friends over at Dutiee figured out how you and I can give more than Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined. Keep reading to see how we can make that happen…
[Editors note: This post is in honor of our friends at GiveForward.com. GiveForward’s fund raising platform allows individuals to raise funds for patients undergoing critical treatments and surgeries.
GiveForward.com declared 4th May every year as World Give Day]
We were asked to comment on the statement “Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy” for our #GiveDay post.
We began searching for facts and figures, data to prove that individuals indeed are the backbone of philanthropy. And we found this excellent paper by researchers at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Research data shows that, in the year 2008, the top 400 foundations and 60 high net worth individuals collectively donated $32.8 billion to charity.
Surprisingly however (or not?) individual donations in the same year amounted to $274.9 billion!
In other words, you and I and our friends, when we get together with our small donations, we actually end up pumping more money towards charitable causes than individuals and corporations who pledge millions or even billions of dollars to charity each year.
So if you have been giving to causes you care about, and have been told many times that your small contribution will never make a dent, you now have research to back you up. Congratulations! And happy World Give Day!
Want to know how to get started? Keep reading Dutiee’s post.
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:
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 Catchafire.org 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!
The amazing Laura Kimball’s personal post on World Give Day.
Posted by Laura Kimball on May 4th, 2011
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 www.worldgiveday.com or follow the hashtag#giveday.
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.
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…