A few weeks ago I was introduced to GiveForward, a crowdfunding site that empowers individuals fundraise money online for medical expenses like chemotherapy, organ transplants, mission trips, and their favorite non-profits. Their values and approach are very similar to Jolkona as they encourage you to use your small-scale donations to create a big impact. They do it by allowing individuals to start campaigns and raise money for a very large expense. And we do it by partnering with nonprofits around the world to find with cost, high impact projects and let you track the impact of your gift over time.
Small donations are the backbone of philanthropy
Mission statements aside, our vision is to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists by showing that you, our community and donors, can make a difference today for as little as $5. This vision and the idea that small-scale donations are the backbone of philanthropy is a thread that connects us with GiveForward and a number of other nonprofits and social enterprises that are part of the paradigm shift in philanthropy.
Itâ€™s the idea that you can make a difference no matter how much or how little you have to offer. For example, one of our projects allows you to provide group housing for the future leaders of Rwanda for $45. While that project alone may not mean anything, if you consider the fact that the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and AIDS epidemic has produced the largest percentage of orphans of any country in the world (825,000 orphans in a country of 10 million people), providing housing for an educated society will give these ambitious students a safe home and support system that will allow them to further their education and rebuild their country. The life-long impact of this single donation is huge. Can you imagine what that student will accomplish because of your gift?
The ripple effect you can create from one small gift is limitless.
How we are celebrating World Give Day
To celebrate this approach to giving and philanthropy, weâ€™re excited to partner with GiveForward for World Give Day, a day where people all over the world are coming together to celebrate the causes theyâ€™re most passionate about.
You can give in a number of ways â€“ by donating to your favorite nonprofit (we have 96 active projects for you to choose from), donating to someone in your own community, giving your time, or even giving a hug. The idea and motivation for this day is to celebrate the culture of giving. In their words: â€œWorld Give Day is based on the underlying belief that every effort, no matter how big or small, can have a significant effect on our society.â€
We are also excited to share with you a number of blog posts from our community who wrote about the idea of small-scale donations being the backbone of philanthropy. They are:
- It Doesnâ€™t Take a Lot to Make a Difference by Melissa Kowalchuk on Melissa Kowalchuk
- Giving (and Receiving) by Chi Do on A New Beginning
- World Give Day by Lindsey Tramuta on Lost in Cheeseland
- World Give Day by Sam Davidson on Cool People Care
- World Give Day, and Small Scale Donors by Shanley Knox on Voyeâ€™m
- How I Define Giving on World Give Day by Laura Kimball on lamiki (yes, thatâ€™s my personal blog)
- What Gives? by Melinda Moseler on Melinda Sue
- Free Hugs on World Give Day (and Every Other Day) by Nikita Mitchell on Journeyful Life
- More to be added throughout the day!
You can read more posts from World Give Day Blogger Buddies, here.
Thank you, Ethan, Desiree, and Cate at GiveForward for organizing World Give Day!
How are you starting your own ripple effect of change?