It’s here: #give10, Year 2.

Ever since we finished up year one of #give10, I’ve been master planning what to do in the way of giving for the next 365 days. Thanks to all of you who’ve been  patiently waiting and asking. An even more gigantic thanks to those of you who’ve been keeping #give10 going with your own joy and generosity while we’ve been quiet.

So, what have I really been doing since March 1? Well, after a whole year of giving every day and staying up way too late at night scouring the globe for people changing the world, I needed a really long nap.  After that I did a little #give10 year in review to define what made giving away money everyday so awesome this past year. I tried to narrow it to a top three- but it was so amazing, I couldn’t pick fewer than four reasons it rocked my universe:

Most amazing things about #give10 year one:

1. Daily discovering all the new projects, causes, people and organizations making a difference blew me away!

2. Old and new friends caught onto the giving spirit in big and small ways. I was especially amazed by generous strangers.

3. Hearing actual stories of change and connecting with the causes we’d invested in.

4. Practical lessons I learned about the do-gooding world from being a daily donor. (And I thought I knew it all from working in non-profits for so long)

I decided these four things should make up the foundation for the journey we took for #give10’s second year, so I put these lessons into my magic hat and had a long think about what would make an amazing giving year sequel.

First, the Goal

Every good plan must have a goal. Last year’s #give10 goal was to prove to myself that even after 15 years of working in the humanitarian world, do-gooding is still worth it and giving can bring change. Goal accomplished.  This year, the goal is less about me. I’m going to keep going because I want to prove three things to you and to the disbelieving universe:

1. There are amazing people changing the world- and anyone can become one of them.

2. Causes, projects, and charities can be good and accountable.

3. Changes can happen.

So, here’s the giving plan

In simple, we’re going to keep giving to more new projects and give more to the projects we already love.

One time a week we’ll give 10$ to a new project just like we did everyday last year. Since we love discovering and sharing new causes, we really want to keep doing this even though we’re switching the rest of things up a bit.

The new part of the #give10 project will focus on learning more about the most awesome projects we discovered last year. We’ll be picking the top 52 causes that have already put last year’s $10 to good use and explore them a little more. We’ll focus on one of these projects per week, make a little bit bigger investment in their work, and take some time to learn about their stories and what makes them so great. It’s a #give10 x 10 of sorts: 1 cause x 100$ a week x 52 weeks.

And all those practical lessons I learned last year about the wonderful world of giving and non-profit accountability and social media for good? Watch this space.

This is awesome. What can I do?

When I talk about #give10, I always say we, because I truly believe it’s all of us that need to each do what we can to make a difference. If you want to be an active part of the amazing year to come, here’s a few practical ways you can help:

1. Pass it on: share the #give10 story and come back often to see what we’ve got to say (or sign up so you don’t miss anything)

2. Join the others who’ve caught the giving fever and try your own #give10 (or some version of it) for a day, a week, a year.

3. Share the projects you love. Write it in the comments, on twitter or facebook. We’re looking for at least 52 more great ones or nominate your favorites causes we’ve already given to be part of the #give10x10.

Let the giving begin!

February #give10 roundup ::

With all the excitement of marking the one year anniversary of #give10, we forgot to post the round up of all the world changing causes we gave 10$ to in February.

February was a flurry. Having only 29 days left on the giving calendar made it challenging to decide which causes would make the cut for year one. I was also on the road in the South Pacific for most of these days, making it even more exciting to mix up the final year choices with giving off the grid.

When I started this project many people asked how I would possibly find 366 projects to give to. Truth is, there’s more than enough projects out there to pick from. I’ve got a long list I haven’t given to yet to roll over into year two. And after we posted Molly’s story, a few more of you amazing people signed up to try out #give10 for yourselves. Every day there are new people digging up new causes in their own neighborhoods and around that globe that I hadn’t even thought about! (Be sure you’re following #give10 in your choice of social networks and cheer on our new do-gooders).

For now, here’s the February list. We’re almost done with our #take10 anniversary break and we’ll be sharing the #give10 year 2 plan very soon. Don’t miss it.

  1. Mama Hope 
  2. Childrens Hospital of Alabama
  3. ToGetHer there, Girl Scouts
  4. Iris the Dragon 
  5. Tirzah International 
  6. RISC Cambodia 
  7. Keep Your Neighbor Warm Fuel Assistance 
  8. Bike out hunger 
  9. CURE Childhood Cancer 
  10. Diaper Love 
  11. Project I see you 
  12. Purposeful Youth Azerbaijan
  13. AdvocAid 
  14. Big City Mountaineers 
  15. Virgin Atlantic Change for Children 
  16. CRS– Catholic Relief Services
  17. Magpas (to sponsor a kid sleeping in his hammock for a year in honor of his sister)
  18. Open Education Vanuatu 
  19. Barrels of Hope 
  20. Got Passport 
  21. Small World Cambodia
  22. We Women 
  23. Kid’s Peace 
  24. One Girl 
  25. Sole Hope 
  26.  CBM (I had to give through their US site, but learned about them through their work in Australia)
  27. ADRA for their projects in the Solomon Islands
  28.  Children’s Miracle Network (for IHOP’s National Pancake Day in the US)
  29.  Urban Light 

Who’d we miss?  We might be done with the daily giving for right now, but there’s going to be lots more giving in the future. If we haven’t supported your favorite cause yet, we want to know about them!

7 days of giving to go, and meeting Molly ::

There is only one week left until we reach the one year anniversary of give10!

Exactly 43 days ago, I challenged you to join me for the last 50 days of giving, and I’m pretty excited that some of you were brave enough to actually take on my dare for do-gooding. (It is never to late to start, so if you want to take on the last 7 days of giving, get your wallet out today.)

In the meantime, I want to introduce you to Molly. I met Molly in November. She’s an early adaptor of the #give10 matching challenge. Not only did Molly agree to give 10$ away every day for the final 50 of the #give10 project, she jumped on the bandwagon of giving in December and has decided to take on the #give10 challenge for the whole year.

Molly is pretty awesome, but she isn’t a super hero or anything. Just like me, she’s committed to do her part in being generous and making a difference everyday.

I promised you Molly’s story in December’s roundup, and since she’s a blogger herself (over at A Foreign Land), I asked if she’d write a post about why she decided to join the #give10 movement. Here’s what she said ->

I’ve got a confession to make. I mean, I know we’re only just meeting, so sharing a secret about myself might be a little bit forward. But in truth, I’ll feel a whole lot better about this post if I’m upfront and honest from the get go.  Here’s the confession: I have serious cyber stalking tendencies.  I wouldn’t classify my tendencies as creepy or inappropriate, but I’ll Google the heck out of someone if I find them interesting enough.  I’ll track them down on every social media platform out there so I can check out their prom pictures, figure out what book they’re reading and find out if they follow any Kardashians on Twitter. (Mark my word, you can tell a lot about a person by the number of Kardashians in their Twitter feed.) And that, my friends, is how I got involved with the Give10 project. I was introduced to Stephanie through a mutual friend and after dinner I went home and put my stalker skills to use. (For the record: No Kardashians but a surprising amount of Charlie’s Angels inspired posing going on in her pictures.)

And boy am I glad I did. From the moment I read the introductory Give10 post here on wanderingzito.com, I was hooked. I quickly decided to commit to a month of daily giving. Now, after having wrapped up a December’s worth of Give10, I’m amped and ready to keep going into 2012.  I mean, they don’t call Stephanie an “idea woman” for no reason. Give10, is for me, an innovative and fresh way to look at charitable giving.  It has flipped my proverbial script by bringing it to the forefront of my mind.  Giving is no longer analogous to paying the electric bill. (Confession #2 – I have, in the past, written charitable giving checks feeling as much fervor and joy as I do paying our power company. Sad, I know.) But no more! Now each day I have an opportunity to research, discover and partner with a different organization. The variety is invigorating.  And quite often the challenge makes it even more fun. Who knew? Giving is fun. Plus, the process has made me keenly aware of the need that I see, hear and read about. Suddenly, I am on the hunt for new ways to spend the daily $10. Believe me when I tell you, it has been energizing, exciting and eye opening.  And I can attest, having spent some time doing not-for-profit work, $10 can go a long way. Therefore, I’m confident that our seemingly small gifts are in no way small to the recipients.

When I mentioned to my husband that I thought we should continue this past December he asked, “Will there be enough organizations to keep it up?” And if I’ve learned anything in the past month I’ve learned that, YES, there are more than enough worthy, reputable, outstanding organizations for us to keep going and going and going. So who’s in?

Will you join us for the last 7 days?

January #give10 roundup ::

sure, January was a long time ago. I’m behind on the updating you with my round up of where we gave for month 11.  My excuse is that I’ve been busy planning some pretty amazing things for when we finish out final month of our one year of giving away 10$ away every day.  And that day is coming oh, so soon! The most important thing is that even when we’re too busy to write, we’re never too busy to give.

Stay tuned. Big things are on their way in the world of #give10. In the meantime, check out the 31 causes we supported in January:

Did we miss your favorite cause? Let us know what it is.

the final 50 giving challenge: are you in?

If you new here, first thing you should know is that I’m a giver, and I’m on a mission to spread generosity. Be warned, you will be motivated to loosen the grip on your wallet by the end of this post.

For the the past 315 days, I’ve been giving away 10 dollars a each day to support lots of amazing causes. I only have 50 days left to give, and now it’s time for you to join me.

Last March I started the #give10 project as a personal experiment because I felt overwhelmed and disillusioned with the growing world of charities. I wanted to see if giving really does make a difference. It’s been more awesome than I ever imagined.

Over the past 10 months so many of you have messaged to say you’ve been inspired by #give10. You’ve matched my donations to causes you’ve like, you voted for your favorite projects every 100 days and a couple of you have even tried it out for a month or so yourselves.

Now that we’re down to the final fifty days I have an idea:

Starting on January 11, I want you to join me  for the rest of the adventure.

What’s in it for you? You get to change the world, inspire yourself and inspire others. (and get an amazing start your 2012)

What’s in it for me? Absolutely nothing. (I’m doing it anyway)

Giving is great. Yet, I know our budgets and timetables aren’t all the same.  So, like any good marketer, I’m giving you three options for how you can join me in the 50 day countdown fun.

Option 1: Be a Daily Do-Gooder

You match my daily give10. I’ll do the legwork to find and post a project each day. You follow me, click on the donation link I provide and give 10$.

Option 2: Be an Independent Giver

You commit to giving 10$ a day for the next 50 days to whatever causes YOU choose. One cause a day, 10$ day, 50 days.

Option 3: Delegate your Do-Gooding

You like the idea, and you have money but no time? You give me your money and I’ll give it away. I’m not a charity or a foundation, but I’m honest and will directly give your dollars away every day to the cause I post.

I’m betting most of us could give up a coffee or two and make one of the above options work, but should you have a legitimate reason you can’t, I offer a bonus plan.

BONUS Option: Choose your own adventure

Giving something some way is always better than giving nothing, and a micro-giving revolution has to start somewhere. The most important thing is deciding today that you will give over the next 50 days, and making it happen. Mix and match from the giving options above, then tell us what you’re going to do so we can cheer and follow!

If you’re reading this after January 11, don’t fear. It’s never to late to start giving.

How to sign up: No registration required, just leave a post in the comments and let us know that you’re joining the giving fun, so we can cheer and follow.  And use the #give10 hashtag when you give and tell others about it, so we can spread the spirit of generosity even further.

If you want to know all the places we’ve given so far? Search this handy roundup list. And if you know a rocking project that isn’t on this list yet, tell us now so we don’t miss out on supporting the cause in our final fifty days.

And if 50 of you join the giving fun, well, I might even do something crazy to celebrate.

50 Days to go. Who’s in?

 

december roundup ::

Of course December was a big giving month everywhere, so it’s no surprise that things have been crazy in the #give10 universe. Not only did we have Christmas giving to do, we celebrated our 300th day of #give10 and waded our way through our first ever year-end giving mania. There was lots of learning in December and some more detailed posts of our 2012 plans are on their way, but for now here’s December’s highlights:

Goodbye 2011

When you give to 306 causes in one year, the end of the year delivers mayhem to your mailbox – both virtually and physically. Donation requests started flowing into the mailbox before the turkey was on the table in November, and by new years week I was getting nearly 300 extra emails a day to remind me to give last minute tax deductible donations. I’ll give you a peek soon at both the insane and interesting things that came in my mailbox from address labels to native american wind catchers. Stay tuned.

 

Celebrating 300 Days

We celebrated our 300th day of giving on Christmas and nearly 1000 of you took some time during your holidays to vote for the cause you found most inspiring during our year to date. Marbles4MS was our big winner and took home the $300 bounty as our last donation of 2011.

Giving is Contagious

In my first #give10 report, the $310 giving lesson, I mentioned that early on, I’d discovered giving was dangerously contagious. While many of you have matched our donations over time, this month we had one brave #give10 follower take on the challenge and give her own 10 bucks every day in December to the causes she cares about. We’ve got a guest post on deck for next week to hear why Molly over at A Foreign Land decided to join the #give10 movement and learn what her experience was. Don’t miss it.

And finally, here’s the list of our final 31 #give10 donations of 2011. We’ve only got two months left. Did we give to your favorite project yet?

(Did you know that you can always see the full list of where we’ve given to date in our google tracker here. And don’t forget to like our Give10 Facebook page if you haven’t yet. That’s where we are tracking the progress of all our donations.)

December giving

Let us know what cause you want us to consider for our final months of giving in the comments below and we’ll be sure to check them out

1. The Conservation Fund

2. Everyone Deserves a Roof

3. Village Focus

4. Khanta Bopha Childrens Hospital, Siem Reap

5. Tegu- 6 dozen trees in Honduras

6. A-21 Campaign

7. Passports With Purpose

8. Agape International

9. Sisters of the Road

1o. MCC (Mennonite Central Committee)

11. Camp Interactive

12. Locks of Love

13. Angel Tree

14. Toys for Tots

15. Hope Runs

16. Trees for Troops

17. Food For Life

18. The Voice Project / Amplify Peace

19. SET and SCAD, Bangkok

20. Global witness

21. Slavery Footprint

22. Rockpointe Church support to a family in crisis

23. Destination Paradise

24. Global Soap Project

25. 300th Day Christmas giving bonus- Marbles4MS

26. Solar Project Koh Tatong

27. Dining for Women

28. City Kids Wilderness Project

29. Samaritan Air

30. Wish Upon A Hero

31. Move for Hunger

Thanks for everything in 2011, and wishing you an AMAZING 2012!

300 cheers to marbles4ms ::

On 25 December, Give10 celebrated its 300th consecutive day of giving away 10$.

In the Christmas giving spirit, and Give10’s 100 day tradition, we asked you which Give10 project you wanted to see get an extra $300 donation.

Over on our Facebook page, you nominated six inspiring projects from our first 300 days of giving, and from boxing day until New Year’s Eve the Give10 community voted to select the winner.

All I can say is WOW! More than 950 of you voted. Two very awesome projects, on opposite sides of the globe, Marbles4MS and the Lamba School Playground Challenge were neck in neck through the last hours of 2011.

While, truly all of the six nominated projects are winners for what they do, Marbles4MS rallied hard to keep its lead, and took home the 300$ just before the clock struck midnight in New York. Congratulations Marbles4MS!

The Inspiration of Marbles4MS

Just a few weeks before our Christmas nominations took place, Cecil, a blogger over at istoryaa posed this question Facebook:  “Is there one person who helped change your life, perspective or direction this 2011? ” I thought about all the interesting people and projects that passed my way this year, and my response was this:

“There’s a kid name Connor who raises money for MS because he wants to help find a cure for his mom who has the disease. In all my giving 10$ this year, he’s one that’s really inspired me in my mission to help everyone believe that giving a little together can make a big difference.

I’ve never met Conner personally. I discovered his project on Twitter, and sent him 10$ day 136 of the Give10 project. Over time I’ve watched the updates his dad sends, and I’ve come to believe that he is a pretty amazing kid.

Connor saw a problem in his world that he wants to make better, and he’s using the skills and resources he has as a six year old (with the help of his awesome family) to do what he can to make a difference. If only we could all believe in the possibility of change and act on it with the hope of a child.

While Give10 started as my own experiment, over the past 300 days it has transformed into a movement to spread this same message: Each of us can make a difference for causes we care about, no matter how big or small our bank account is.

Connor inspired me this year, and I was excited to press the DONATE button on the Marbles4MS webpage to give the winning donation as my very last donation of 2011!

The Other Winners

Funny thing is, Cecil, the blogger who asked that question on Facebook, is pretty inspirational herself.  She’s also the founder of the Lamba School Playground Challenge, our runner up project that managed to get nearly 400 votes campaigning from their mobile phones in a remote Philippine village on New Year’s Eve. While they didn’t win this time, we surely haven’t seen the last of them. In fact, we’re already working on a plan to help make sure they get that playground built in 2012.

Truth is, all of the projects that were nominated are pretty awesome, led by some insanely inspiring people, and worth learning about. Here’s there links so you can check them out, and see if you want to give10 yourself to any or all of them in 2012:

Marbles4MS

Lamba School Playground Challenge, Philippines

Chab Dai, Cambodia

Welbodi Pediatric Clinic, Sierra Leone

Children’s Voice, Congo

Destination Paradise, Belize & the world

Thanks to everyone for your votes and for the part you played in making the world better in 2011.  Happy New Year!

Who inspired you in 2011?

 

PS. If you’ve discovered the Give10 project through the 300 day giving contest, and are wondering what we’re all about, read here to see how it all started.