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Day 162: Craiglist Changes the World with Craigconnects


You have to love Twitter for the rate in which you can find news. I got some fast breaking news about a person that has changed the way millions of us buy and sell our used items and is about to do the same with the way we give.

Craig of the Craigilist. Did you know there is an actual Craig? Craig Newark has embarked on a new project that will turn heads around the globe the same way the Craigslist has but this time with a whole new purpose. A purpose that got me so excited because it will mean more people will become more connected to changing the world by giving. Here is a quote from Craig from the site. “I’ve decided what I want to do for the next 20 years, which is to help connect and protect organizations that are doing good through a program I’m calling craigconnects.” It’s that simple. He has made a commitment to put his time and effort towards connecting people to create good in the world. He inspired me instantly to make today’s give to his featured charity, Donors Choose.

Give 162: Day 162

I have such great respect for people that choose to use not only their money but their time, energy and skills to create change in the world. Over the years I have worked with many very wealthy people that use their money to create dramatic change. I almost find it the easy way out. Don’t get me wrong – as a fundraiser cash is gold. I love money to give to organizations that need it and the role of cash donors is so important. But dedicating time in our dayyears of your life, in this day and age is something that is so valuable, especially when you have a unique skill set such as Craig Newark.

Craig’s featured charity this week is Donors Choose. It’s an organization that gives us the opportunity to support children in school system’s that don’t have all the benefits that other children may have. Extra curricular programs are always the first to go and you have the opportunity to give a classroom or group of students some of what I think are the essentials other than maths and English.

Here’s how Donors Choose works: “public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.”

I chose a project I believe is essential to a child’s developmental. Music. The project is call “And the Beat Goes On..

This project is about a group of children that need some more drums. Their dedicated teacher “Mrs. S.” would like each student to have their own drum to play on. I believe everyone should play to the beat of their own drum and for a child to find the rhythm in their own body is a gift. This project is also support by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation so every dollar is matched to get them their drums a little faster.

Helping children find their potential in every area of their life is one way we can help change the world for the future. Finding and supporting their passions will make the world a better place for us all. Being a new mother I see it every day as my 3 year old grows.

What can you do today to support the future generations? A special thank you to Craigconnects for launching a new social media site that will encourage people to give in new ways.

Time Commitment: 5 minutes to donate

Cost: $25.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)