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Small Gift, Big Impact: The Joy of Pillows

This blog post is a part of the World Give Day blog series, courtesy our friends at Zealous Good, they help your goods, do great.  Check them out!

Small Gift, Big Impact: The Joy of Pillows

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 11:18 am.Written by 


I had just started working at Zealous Good last month when our team had the pleasure of delivering donations to Ravenswood Community Child Care Center or RC4, as part of ourHoliday Delivery Challenge. RC4 had requested arts and crafts supplies and pillows to replace the worn out ones in their library.

We entered into the classroom carrying a large, sealed cardboard box. The teacher called the young recipients to the carpet and they waited as best as pre-schoolers can. First out of the box were the craft supplies, colored dotters and sheets of felt. The items were passed around and the kids inspected each new item. Then came the pillows and the kids hugging the pillows and the kids not wanting to let go of the pillows.

The arts and crafts supplies were suppose to be the big hit of the day and the pillows a more practical gift. This is what the adults thought. But what we had all forgotten was that pillows are good for snuggling, feeling safe, and making a school feel like home. And so it was the small gift of pillows that provided the biggest impact and unexpected joy.

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 us on twitter @worldgiveday.

When Crowdfunding Collaborates

Because every day should be World Give Day, we’re keeping the blog series going throughout the year.  Big thanks to our friends at Social Edge and 33needs for putting this post together for us.

When Crowdfunding Collaborates

WGD is a day when the crowdfunding community collaborates; a day when a number of websites committed to micro-philanthropy and micro-investing band together to promote the spirit of giving.

Oh, when crowdfunding collaborates.

In the midst of the all the potential changes to crowdfunding law during the past three weeks, something inspiring (not that legal reform isn’t inspring!) was taking place: World Give Day 2011 (WGD). WGD is a day when the crowdfunding community collaborates; a day when a number of websites committed to micro-philanthropy and micro-investing band together to promote the spirit of giving.
WGD was started in 2010 by Ethan Austin and Desiree Wrigley, the founders of GiveForward, a crowdfunding platform to help people raise money for medical expenses. WGD 2011 featured sites that specialize in medical, educational, social entrepreneurship and non-profit crowdfunding. It’s a unique way to catalyze giving and volunteering through the power of the crowd, and we couldn’t be more excited about their work.
The crowdfunding sites that participated included GiveForward, (medical expenses) GiveGlobalGiving, (non-profits) CauseVox, (non-profits) IndieGoGo, (creative) Edulender, (education) 33needs, (social enterprise) and many more.
Both Ethan and Desiree saw the campaigns and resources dedicated to volunteering through the years, but not as much for giving. Their answer? Start something! Some early results from this year? WGD 2011 had almost 30 bloggers join their blog series about giving; the day raised lots of money for causes that matter, including a large corporate contribution; and, awesomely, GiveForward gave out literally hundreds of hugs. Check out their video. 
We’re ready for next year. So today, go online or go outside, and make a donation or volunteer your time in recognition of the power of the crowd and WGD.

Do Good, Live Well

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…

Happy World Give Day

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, 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…

  1. 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.

The Giving Doesn’t End…

World Give Day is over for yet another year, but the giving doesn’t end just because it is May 5th (c’mon it is Cinco de Mayo, give someone a margarita!).  In fact, we still have a few awesome World Give Day blog posts rolling in for our blogging series.  This post is one the hug-crazy staff at GiveForward particularly likes.  A big thank you to Nikita Mitchell from Journeyful Life for putting this gem together.

Free Hugs on World Give Day (and Every Other Day)

For a long time the Free Hugs Campaign video has been one of my favorite YouTube videos. This is probably no surprise to those of you who know me. I’ve been known to endorse hugging as a legitimate solution to many-a-problem, for both local issues (aka fights in my house) and global issues (group hugs are powerful stuff). Former coworkers have even nominated me for non-existent Chief Hugging Officer positions. Clearly this is something I’m proud of…

Hugging is one of those things that everyone doesn’t love. It can be awkward and confusing to do with new people, it can be uncomfortable with those you don’t know intimately, and it can leave the scent of someone’s cheap cologne lingering on your clothes all day. I get it. Really, I do.

However on the flip side, it could literally be the one thing that makes your day. I’ve been there, and I’m sure many of you have too. Similar to a smile, an unexpected hug from someone can remind you of the kindness and compassion in the world.

Today I was reminded of how much I enjoy the act of receiving hugs, so I’ve decided to make it my act of giving for World Give Day, a day organized to encourage people to give – whether it’s by making a donation, through their time, or even a simple hug.

I mean, really. What could be more perfect? Everyday I’m surrounded by individuals who are willing to give without hesitation. Whether it’s their time that they’re giving to nonprofits as volunteers or whether it’s their money that they’re giving to individuals like me who are fundraising for a cause. The love is always being spread through my community.

Keep reading! (and check out the awesome video)


Our World Give Day partners, FirstGiving, wrote a great post about how to join the conversation and give.


Today, on World Give Day, we’re joining a community of great folks blogging about what it takes to make a difference. Here are the facts: it takes some effort, but you don’t have to be superhuman.

In fact, a whole bunch of bloggers and friends of FirstGiving have been weighing in on the idea that “small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.” We’ve all heard that “every little bit counts,” but this statement is bold. The backbone? Really?

Yes! is the resounding consensus from our fans on Facebook. And our experience bears this out – for almost a decade, people have raised millions of dollars for causes they care about on FirstGiving by asking family and friends to give in small denominations – $50, $100, $25, sometimes even just $1. The success of these passionate people speaks for itself.

Continue reading here.

Giving hugs

Just a taste of our morning giving out hugs, if you want to get your own hug we will  be at Daley plaza from 11:30am-1pm handing out hugs!

You Can Give More than Bill Gates & Warren Buffet Combined

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…

#GiveDay : Its Official. You and I with our $50 Give More Than Bill Gates & Warren Buffet combined.

[Editors note: This post is in honor of our friends at GiveForward’s fund raising platform allows individuals to raise funds for patients undergoing critical treatments and surgeries. 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.

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