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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.
One of the many ways my family gives back is through ethical purchases.
We may not have millions dollars to donate but we do have to shop. My husband and are trying to make a difference with our purchasing power. Today my husband completed the give as he bought a new pair of sandals that are supporting our planet and giving back by a company that puts giving at the front of their mission.
Day 281: Give 281
We have somewhat traditional roles in our family except for one. My husband loves to shop for cloths. Shoes, shirts, pants, sweaters – it doesn’t really matter he just likes to shop. It took some time but I finally have got him on my shopping rules. When shopping the items have to say discount, sale, 50% off or free! He has has that part down to a science and now he looks for items that give back. Tags may read organic, recycled or a portion of your purchased donated.
Today he brought home a product he couldn’t wait to show me. Not only did he get the required “sale” price but most importantly he got a new pair of sandals from a company called Ocean Minded that give back to the planet with every purchase.
“We feel that as both a corporation, and a group of individuals, it is essential to understand that‘eventually, everything ends up in the ocean.”
Ocean Minded has partnered with The Surfrider Foundation whom I posted about on Day 233. To date they have donated over $10,000 to help support this Foundation that also gives so much back to the planet. One of the things that impressed me most about Ocean Minded is not only do they donate a portion of each sale to charity but how their product is made. They make every effort to used materials that are:
- Metal Free
- Water Based Glue
It doesn’t stop there the giving just keeps going. Over the last 2 years they have hosted over 70 volunteer beach clean ups and collected over 25,000 pounds of garbage. Just when I thought I was a good beach garbage picker!
Companies like Ocean Minded are popping up everywhere. From shoes, to soap, to your food – you can make a decision to give back with many of your purchases. Before you buy something today think about how it will be impacting our planet?
Let us know what great products you purchase that are giving back. Leave a comment.
Cost: donation made by the company with the purchase
Time Commitment: 0