How do you raise a billion dollars for people and organizations
in need around the world?
A great question for so many people that are raising funds every day to give back to the world. What if you had a secret recipe that would change the world and raise billions of dollars along the way? It’s been done and they all started with the same ingredient.
- Bill Gates has done it.
- Bill Clinton has done it.
- Bono has done it.
- The United Way has done it.
- The Salvation Army has done it.
The secret is simple – it all starts with $1.00 and the inspiration to change the world.
I recently met Mike Zserdin founder and writer of the Generosity Manifesto and the Change Crew via Twitter. At 365give we like to share stories of people that are doing their part to create change in the world. Mike has a goal to raise a few billion dollars. Mike started his giving journey by writing the Generosity Manifesto to encourage and inspire people to give more in their lives.
“I have started by working with friends to give away a few billion dollars. I think money helps advance world change. My hope is that the manifesto empowers and encourages people to believe that (most of us) have a little extra to give and those little, extra gifts make a difference. I grew up. I hit my 40s and realized my life is half over. I watched a close friend die and others grow old. Each of them encouraged me to live for something bigger than myself. I then came across a TED Theme, What The World Needs Now and read Seth Godin’s compilation of essays, What Matters Now. And, and then saw a headline by Chris Brogan, We Could Do So Much More…I began asking myself these very questions. I realized I couldn’t do everything but, I knew I could do a little more. As a result, my family and I started giving a little more. We realized that we have enough to give a little more. Since then, we’ve begun feeding kids in Africa for $50 a year, then traveling there to see first hand what’s wrong and right in that part of the world. In one word, the catalyst was Perspective. When we see what a little gift does and began to realize how much we have it made it easy to give a little more.”
Mike is not making it complicated or an impossible dream – he is asking friends and family to be more generous in their lives. He is encouraging people to give what they can but give a little more. Mike is taking one step at a time starting with his Generosity Manifesto to help people realize the positive effects of giving. It’s a free online book that will take just a few minutes of your time to read. It will inspire you to give more and feel happier in your life. 365give shares a similar philosophy that is featured in the book. I call it the ripple effect and Mike calls it the Boomerang Effect.
There is truth in the seemingly absurd notion that we can pay it forward.
Jeff Goins observes, “The paradox of life is the more money you give, the more you get.” His article “ What You Get From Giving: The Paradox of Generosity” is a must read. Jeff claims that giving is good for you and me. He’s right.
Like Jeff, some of you have experienced the boomerang effect of generosity—the more good you throw out, the more comes back. Even science supports the boomerang effect. Generous people are happier, skinnier, and more productive. Jeff says, “There are legitimate health, business, and psychological one is this: it gives meaning to life.”
As it turns out, practicing generosity is a key to getting all we really want. Things such as genuine smiles, greater peace, community, lower blood pressure, a sense of accomplishment, and even the opportunity to change the world.
Giving also kicks depression in the teeth.
You get what you give. Give to change another’s story and you will be transformed.
Many of us are looking for that magic recipe to raise money for the charities we love and stand behind. Maybe this is the key – imagine a billion dollars and start raising it $1.00 at a time. Find your inspiration to change the world. Leave a comment and share your story with 365give – just maybe it will inspire one other person to give more today.
The Globe & Mail newspaper has been running a series on giving over the last few weeks. It’s an excellent series worth reading. One of the interesting catch phrases they have used is ”The New Philanthropy.” After giving back everyday for 365 days I can tell you that be a philanthropist is no longer just the rich giving large sums of money to the charity of their choice. It is every day people giving in small ways when they can with their time, crowdfunding a personal favourite cause or “texting” donation for disaster relief. We have learned that even $10 can make a multi million dollar difference if we all give together.
Wikipedia defines philanthropy perfectly in today’s society:
“Philanthropy etymologically means “the love of humanity“—love in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, or enhancing; humanity in the sense of “what it is to be human,” or “human potential.” In modern practical terms, it is “private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life“
I’m not an expert on giving / philanthropy by any means. I don’t have millions of dollars to give through a foundation nor do I have hours to volunteer or travel to remote parts of the world to save lives. But what I do have is a little time everyday to “love humanity,” Whether it is a person, an animal or the planet we can all be philanthropist. Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada posed a question this week on Facebook that you should answer.
“If you had 1 hour to help change the world what would you do?”
I want to help you discover the “new philanthropist” in yourself. I discovered so many ways to give that I never even consider or new existed during my 365 days of giving. Many of them do not even cost a dime. All you have to do is like, tweet or click and you can show your “love for humanity”. Social media has given us all the opportunity to be a philanthropist. Find your favourite medium whether is be Twitter, Facebook or just using the internet. We can all give a minute of our time to change the world.
The 365give Top 5 Ways to Give for Free
Click it for Good: This site is the creation of Jan van Voorst (Founder Planetsave.com news/ co-founder of Planetsave.) The site is grass-roots and user friendly. It allows you to help causes that support the planet without emptying your pocket but instead by spreading the word. All you have to do is click a button and share a post with your friends and you have made a donation. Sponsors make the donation for you! (Day 317)
JustCoz: This platform that enables charities, non-profits and NGOs to greatly increase their social media reach by way of tweet and status donations. Building on what is known as the “donation by action” paradigm, the bring forward the utilization of social power into the realm of passion. JustCoz enables people to make a difference by exposing their audience to messages which reflect their owns set of values and truths, and everything is done automatically, without the need to repeatedly engage in sorting through messages for those worth repeating. (Day 283)
Care2: This will allow you to become a 365 day giver. Care2 has a “daily action” that with just a click you can change the world. They refer to it as the “fast, easy and free way to make a difference everyday. (Day 289)
Freerice: A great way to teach your kids about philanthropy and they will learn along the way. It’s a bit like online trivial pursuit game that feeds the hungry around the world. For each answer you get right Freerice donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme to help end hunger. (Day 31)
The Hunger Site: Whether you have a passion for helping feed the hungry, breast cancer, Rainforests, animals, child health, literacy, veterans, or autism you can give right from this site. You don’t need to be on Facebook or Twitter you can just click to give. Choose you passion and click every day. (Day 321)
Now we have no excuse not to give. Free and fast. Forget an hour our of your day in just 30 seconds you can give.
Do you have a favourite site you like to give by clicking? Which one of these is your favourite? Your feedback and comments are valuable to 365give. The more we can inspire others to give and share opinions and views on giving the more we can change the world one give at a time.
It’s Day 365. I did it. I gave back to the world every day for 365 days.
Crack open the bubbly it’s time to celebrate! After a year of giving and blogging the day has finally come to post my final give. It has been quite a journey of learning, hope, compassion, excitement, frustration (being hacked was not the highlight of the year) and pure happiness. When I began the 365give journey there was nothing more I feared than social media. I didn’t know what a blog was, I had never Tweeted or Facebooked and I would have laughed at you if you said I could edit a video for YouTube.
I tackled my fear and the learning curve of social media to accomplish my mission. I wanted to share my giving journey by engaging people all over the world. I wanted to inspire them to give more in their lives. I wanted people from all walks of life to believe they could make a difference and create positive change in the world. You don’t have to be Oprah or Bono to change the world. We can all do it every day by honouring the planet, by being kind to each other, and treating all inhabitants of our planet with dignity.
This is my story, my lessons, the future of 365give and my final give.
Find Your Inspiration
If you had asked me on Day 1 if I could complete 365 days of giving (and blog about it every day) I would have lied confidently and said absolutely. I had a great source of inspiration. My 3 year old son Nicolas. 365give was started in honour of his 3rd birthday. I wanted to teach Nic to give naturally in his life even at the age of 3. Now after 365 days of giving (in which he completed many of the gives with me) my now 4 year old is a generous, kind child that understands the meaning of giving and how each of us can support each other, animals and the planet.
He inspired me to keep going even on the days I didn’t think I could. How could I ever tell him or the children of the world I wasn’t willing to do everything in my power to make the world a better place for them?
Let your inspiration push you further than you ever thought you were able to go.
Now I have completed 365 days of giving I can tell you what I have learned.
1) You can give every day.
2) You can be the change you want to see in the world.
3) You can influence, motivate, inspire and teach philanthropy by being a leader.
4) Giving makes you happy.
5) Giving makes others happy.
The Greatest Give of a Lifetime
On Day 353 (The #1 Reason to Drop Social Media for a Day) I announced the homecoming of my second son, Tyler Way. It has been my dream since starting 365give to adopt a second child. My son came home on the exact day that 365give should have been completed (due to hacking it was not the case) and on my oldest son Nicolas’s 4th birthday.
Tyler was our second miracle. The greatest “give” a person can every receive -a child. As my social worker likes to remind us, we “won the lottery of babies twice.” Tyler was not a private local adoption nor an international adoption. Tyler was a local little boy that needed a forever family. His life journey started in Foster Care. Did you know there are over 30,000 children right here in Canada that are in need of a forever family? We feel honoured that we have been able to provide 2 children with a forever home.
I wanted Tyler’s adoption into our family to leave a living legacy. I wanted to support just a few of the thousands of children in Africa whom have lost their parents to famine, AIDS and war. I have been given so much in my life through my children I felt a deep desire to give some of that back. This takes me to my final give.
The Final Give: Day 365
I wanted to give something that would truly make an impact for my final give. One of the “every day heroes” I met via 365give is a gentleman by the name of Moses that runs an organization call Hands of Action Uganda. I posted his story on Day 284 and a volunteers story, Marcia Bojold on Day 299. Moses has touch my heart with all he does for the lost children of Uganda. I wanted to make a lasting impact to these children and their education.
The cost $360 US. He requires 30 iron sheets to cover the roof at $12.00 a sheet.
On Day 4 of 365give my son and I started a donation jar for the money we would collect by returning every recyclable / refundable bottle we could find. Our estimated total for our returns was to raise $32.50. After 1 year of recycling at the “bottle depot” we exceeded this amount and raised $82.00!
The $82.00 will be the first donation made to get Hands of Action for the new roof of their school.
I am asking you to help me reach the $500 fundraising goal.
Just click on the “GIVE” button on the right side bar and please make a donation. $5.00, $10.00 or any amount would be appreciated. Let’s show the children in the Horn of Africa we care about their education, we care about their future. Let’s give them hope and let them know there are people that care.
What’s Next? Is It All Over?
365give is not over it has only just begun.
The new vision for 365give is under way. It may be a little slower to get up and running based on my new role as a Mom x 2 but it is just the beginning for 365give. Over the course of 365 days of giving I learned so many new ways to give every day. The new 365give will help you discover how easy it can be to be a philanthropist. There are unlimted ways to give all over the world right at your fingertips. You don’t have to have money, you don’t have to have hours of time to volunteer – it can be as simple as a click and your give is done for the day. There is a new philanthropy in the world and 365give will be the place you will be able to find how to embrace it and to give instantly.
While the new site in under construction I will be running a contest that will give you an opportunity to donate $365 to your favourite charity or cause. We will be updating you on world movements, reviewing causes, guest posts, every day hero stories and more.
Follow along to see it all unfold. I am a committed giver big and small for my life time and I look forward to inspiring you to give more in your life.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
Time Commitment: 2 minutes for the donation and a commitment to Give for A life Time
Cost: $100 to Hands of Action Uganda