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After almost a year of giving I get a number of emails on a regular basis from organizations I have made donations to through my giving journey. One such letter I received this week was from World Vision. I was so touched by this request I wanted to share it with you.
I am not a religious person, I do not attend church nor do I have a specific God that I worship. But I do believe in the power of people coming together and putting their collective energy towards common good. I have made a number of cash donations to support the relief effots in Africa but today I will give in a different way.
I will send my energy (a prayer) to the people of Africa and to all the organizations that are desperately trying to help.
Today we can all take moment to give and send some positive energy (a prayer) out into the universe to the people of Africa that are suffering so desperately in hopes they get the help they need before it’s to late.
Today my give is a prayer to the people in the Horn of Africa.
I’m writing today with a different kind of request. Would you take a few minutes to pray? Here’s why: There are 750,000 people who could starve to death in the next four months in an area of Somalia that aid agencies have not been able to reach.
This situation is horrific and avoidable. Families are walking 100 miles in search of aid, and often only the strongest survive the journey. In many cases, women are burying their children on the side of the road as they flee. This tragedy breaks my heart.
In the middle of the famine, in South-Central Somalia, we aren’t even able to reach these starving children. World Vision had deep, long-term community relationships in Somalia since 1992, but we were forced to leave this part of the country in 2010. Armed groups demanded most aid organizations leave.
It is horrible knowing that we have been prevented from rescuing starving people. Our work elsewhere in East Africa is saving lives,
You can imagine the needs of a family who has walked for days without food and very little water, a mother and a father who have just buried their children. The needs there are great. Yet governments and private donors have provided less than half of what the world needs to adequately respond.
We need safe access to help starving people. We need the resources to adequately care for the half million people now in overcrowded refugee camps. To achieve this, we need a breakthrough.
Please join us in prayer that World Vision and other aid organizations would be able to access the regions in Somalia where three quarters of a million people could starve to death. And pray for the financial resources to complete this job. I know that with your prayer, we can do this. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” — Mark 10:27 (NIV)
In prayer with you,
President, World Vision US
What if the dollars you spend shopping for every day items could make you a philanthropist?
What if there was some way to shop with meaning that could change the world?
Day 331: Give 331
It is estimated that internet sales will hit $191 billion in the US alone for 2011. What if just a percentage of that was donated by you to the charity of your choice?
My give today is to help you give – buy shopping. Oh the fun – shopping! After 331 days of giving I have discovered this whole world of givers that I want to share with everyone. They are both not-for-profit and for profit.
I got a Tweet from my friends at Socialvest today sharing their new video with me. I liked it so much I wanted to share it with you and I am hoping you will sign up to make your shopping dollars count. Social Vest is the perfect way to combine “Purchase with Purpose.”
Each dollar you spend shopping will help you become the philanthropist you have always dreamed of becoming!
“When you join Socialvest, a percentage of everything you buy goes directly to your Socialvest account. From there you can donate your Socialvest dollars to causes that matter to you most. And with over 600+ retailers and 1.5 million charities to give to, making a difference has never been easier.” (quoted directly from the Socivalvest site)
An easy give every day with money you already spend.
Will you make every dollar you spend shopping count?
Time Commitment: 2 minutes to sign up
Cost: 0 your dollars work for you to be a philanthropist
When I started 365give, 328 days ago I believed I could reach more people around the globe by sharing my 365 days of giving via social media. I was right and through this giving journey I have had the privilege and honour to meet so many like minded people and organizations. Giving is becoming a global trend and what better way to find a trend than Twitter. #giveMondays
Day 328: Give 328
When I started 365give I had never “Tweeted” before. I didn’t even know what a hashtag was. My sister, who is much more social media savvy than I am got me in the loop and found me some of the top philanthropic / social good hashtags on Twitter.
#philanthropy / #bethechange / #charity / #socialgood / #4change / #charityTuesday / #volunteer
The list goes on and you can find a complete list of the Top 40 Hashtags for Social Good from SocialBrite. They are missing one new one that I am hoping will be one the hottest new Twitter Hashtags on the first Monday of every month. #giveMonday
“Give.mobi is a mobile fundraising portal designed specifically for non-profits to raise funds on mobile devices. Because it is accessed through the web, it works on every smartphone, every carrier, everywhere. Give.mobi provides the easiest and most economical way for NPOs to reach out and accept mobile donations from any Smartphone. Each NPO pays a nominal $39. monthly subscription fee to participate. Participating NPOs are incorporated within the global Give.mobi portal. The Give.mobi portal will provide your organization with the ability to immediately accept real time donations & pledges from 150 million* US SmartPhone users, anywhere at any time.”
You can make a donation or just Tweet up a storm to spread the word. Let’s make giving the most popular activity to do on this planet.
Tweet today and spread the #giveMonday news. I have!
Time Commitment: 1/2 hour to start a giving trend
Cost: 0 for Tweeting #giveMonday or make a donation via your mobile phone.