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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.
What is the one component that can help 3rd world nations climb out of the vicious circle of poverty? Education. Educate the children (especially the girls) and you will change a generation. I truly beleive this. This give is not only from me but my friends I mobilized in Vancouver to help start a library in Africa.
Day 295: Give 295
A number of weeks ago I received a requested from an organization called African Library Project. Their mission is simple. Get books to a country that needs them desperately to help educate the children. Africa is a country that needs so much but education is a long term solution that can help change an entire country. Here are a few facts taken directly from the African Library Project that will remind us how we can give to people in our world that so desperately need our help.
- Most African children grow up without books, while U.S. & Canadian bookshelves and landfills overflow with books no longer read.
- Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.
- Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is the #1 tool out of poverty.
- Many African teachers teach reading, writing, math and English without even a single book to use as a resource.
- Many adult Africans lose their ability to read due to a lack of reading materials.
- The UN has decreed 2003-2012 the United Nations Literacy Decade to underscore the importance of literacy and basic education as major tools in building a cohesive and peaceful society for the 21st century.
The organization asks people to participate by starting a library. Anyone can start a project and you will be surprised how easy it is. This is a great project for a class to work on over the course of a school year.
Prices may very for shipping depending on where you live but 1000 children’s books will do the trick. I wanted to see if I could help a Canadian project already in progress. Through the site I found a couple in Toronto, Nick Allum and Anita Komorowski that had started a drive and I knew I could help. I had 2 trips booked to Toronto for business and I decided I would take as many books as I could get on the plane.
100 books later and some generosity by West Jet ( I was over by a bag on my latest trip) I got the books to Anita & Nick. They have just reached their 1000 goal. Now they have the books they have to send the over.
This is where I am asking for your help.
Anita and Nick have to ship the books to Africa. Because we are from Canada the shipping charges exceed the $500 cost and they could use some help getting the books there. Any amount will help but donations are needed. If you would like to help Anita and Nic please see their Facebook site or email at email@example.com. Let’s all help get these books to Africa where they are so needed.
Time Commitment: 1/2 hour collecting books
Cost: 0 all donated