World Give Day
Give Forward is hosting a blog with a series of posts on World GIve Day. One day a year to give to the causes that you care about the most.
The prompt is: “Small gift, big impact: tell us about a time when you saw a small act of giving create lots of unexpected joy.”
Fred and I give to a variety of things but the thing that we really care about and have focused on is NYC. We have sat or sit on the boards of NYU, the High Line, Academy for Software Engineering, Donors Choose, MOUSE and Hot Bread Kitchen. All of these organizations impact the community we live in. The long tail (we hope) is that these organizations will impact other places around the globe and peoples lives.
I have been fortunate to meet several women around the globe that are making an impact in peoples lives and their own communities. I wrote about Mathylde Frontus a few weeks ago and felt great when I wrote a check out to Urban Neighborhood Services to help her organization continue the good work. I have also written about Give Forward, Catchafire, Dress for Success/Do Something/Crisis Text Line, Deal Gooder, Goods4Goods and Baking for Good. Each of these organizations have powerhouse women behind them doing social good.
Another woman I wrote about awhile ago was Sally Broom. Sally wrote to me this past week about an organization that she is passionate about called Charity Gift Market, where every gift has a story. This marketplace is social entrepreneurship at its best. Each object you can purchase at this site tells a story of the person or organization that made the product from around world and how your purchase goes towards the charity that made it. True entrepreneurs at work. Making products for revenue that support their mission.
Here is one that Sally sent me that I thought was a great example of where to put your dollars for a gift for anyone or Mothers Day. What is most impressive is how the Internet has changed the way we can give, purchase and make a difference in others lives.
For some time now I have been trying e spend more purposefully and buy gifts and products that give back – while writing a blog in Australia (Nomorepastrami.wordpress.com) I have been amazed and how many options there are for Amercians to use their shopping to give back – grab the opportunity with both credit cards you guys! The potential to give back is just so great and can have so much impact.
Americans are taught at a young age the importance of giving back. It is really one of the gems of our culture