Philanthropy Friday: Join Me in the #MiracleMarathon

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

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I’m thrilled to share that I am serving as a lead blogger for this fall’s Miracle Marathon, specifically in support of EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Bangor, Maine.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. So you know you are helping kids in your own backyard.

The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST.

Get it? It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kids! And it’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all the miles at once. (Who’s with me?)

Please join me and register to support EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. You can join my team, Maine Miracles, if you’d like, or you can support another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital closer to you. Don’t for get to tell your friends too!

And if you register as a Miracle Maker (you’ll receive fun swag!), you can use my special code MiracleJennifer to get a 10% discount off registration.

Of course, you can also donate to my Maine Miracles team as well. As part of my Giving Pledge I have started with a donation of $50.

Will you join me in supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?

 

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Philanthropy Friday: Geeking out on global development

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

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Not long ago, I ventured off to Washington DC to spend the day with PSI to learn about their vast programs that span the globe. PSI’s mission is to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services.

While I did manage to write a post after my long and insightful day, I was asked to go into more detail about my trip and share some of the things I learned and/or was surprised about throughout the day.

Today, I’m sending you over to the PSI Impact blog where I wrote about the 5 surprises from my trip to PSI’s headquarters. It involves geeking out on global development, “Sarah”, and condoms. Lots and lots of condoms.

As you’ll learn, I was familiar with PSI prior to my trip, but I found out quickly that my knowledge of PSI barely scratched the surface of the work they do worldwide.

Oh, and the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships shared my post yesterday. And now I’m also geeking out about the fact that the State Department tweeted my words.

Read: GEEKING OUT ON GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT Five surprises from a day with PSI

If you are as impressed by PSI’s work as I am, visit this link to get a free handcrafted bracelet. Woven by women artisans in Guatemala, the bracelet allows you to show support of PSI’s work helping women live happy, healthy lives.

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Philanthropy Friday (rewind): Charity Miles

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

charity-runnerI’m sharing an old Philanthropy Friday post featuring one of my favorite apps, Charity Miles, today. I had the opportunity to meet founder Gene Gurkoff at last year’s Social Good Summit in New York. He’s a great guy, and I thought it would be a good one to bring back. Admittedly, I could use the reminder to use this app more often!

The following post (slightly edited) was originally published on FEBRUARY 22, 2013.

We’ve all heard of charity events that involve running, walking or biking. You may have participated in a few. But did you know that you can participate in your own run / walk / bike for charity in your neighborhood?

Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android social good fitness app that allows you to become a sponsored athlete and earn money for a cause. All you have to do is download the app, choose a charity to support, press “start” and then go on your run, walk or bike ride as usual.

The app tracks your distance and money earned. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile. When you are done exercising, you accept your sponsorship, spread the word via social media and Charity Miles sends you a note confirming your “good work.”

Great excuse / inspiration to get out and get moving, right?

You can donate your distance to a variety of United Nations Foundation campaigns including Girl Up, where your miles will help a teen girl in a developing country safely attend school, Nothing but Nets, where you will help protect a family from malaria, and Shot@Life, where your miles will help to provide life-saving vaccines to children around the world.

Charity Miles makes giving easy and rewards you (and your chosen cause) for getting out and moving. There’s really no reason not to download this app. As far as impact goes (and where the money comes from), I found this quote from Gene Gurkoff, the founder of Charity Miles, on the UN Foundation’ s blog:

“We launched Charity Miles last June with the belief that a few committed people, by working together, can change the world. Since then, more than 55,000 people have covered more than 600,000 miles to earn more than $130,000 for our charity partners, all courtesy of Charity Miles and our corporate sponsors. We are inspired every day by their enthusiasm, commitment and stories.”

While I am not a runner, I do live in a downtown area and walk a lot. Now that I know my walking can actually earn money for charity, I will be tracking my distances through Charity Miles.

Here’s a quick video that explains how Charity Miles works.

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charitymilescm.android

Will you download the app? Are you a runner, walker or biker?

I originally wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls.

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