Philanthropy Friday: Share Your Good Day

share your good dayShare Your Good Day is a micro-donation platform that allows you to donate $1 to outstanding charities in honor of anything good that happens to you.

When I spoke with founder / COO Jeremy Neil in November, Share Your Good Day was just four weeks old as a live company. He explained to me that the company was a family affair that came about after a brainstorm with his father-in-law around ways to give back. They were impressed by the ways people could collectively make their small donations bigger and more impactful through crowd funding. He also wondered what would happen if you put that crowdfunding idea together with gaming.

The purpose of Share Your Good Day, according to Jeremy, is to create a cultural shift into what happens when you do something good. As Jeremy notes, most people can afford $1. The website helps people think of others when good things happen to them. They share the good and donate $1 to a charity they choose on the website. People can read up on the charities to find out whom they want to support. At the end of the week, “votes” and donations are tallied. The charity that was chosen by the most people that week receives 50% of the week’s donations while the second and third charities receive 25% of the donations.

Right now, Share Your Good Day features three different charities each week, though this number may expand in the future. Charities are identified and researched using Charity Navigator. There are no fees for the charities and Share Your Good Day works directly with them to ensure a transparent process.

Also a 501(c)(3 )nonprofit organization, the purpose of Share Your Good Day is to give back and not to make money. Due to credit card fees, $0.85 of every dollar goes into the donation pot. The website is mostly run by friends and family members of Jeremy who volunteer their time. Your donations are also tax deductible at the end of the year.

Jeremy hopes that he will inspire a younger group of philanthropists to think about donating money when good stuff happens to them by making giving a game. He also hopes that his unique giving platform will also allow people to learn about new charities to support.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Yesterday I donated $1 after being invited by a local television station to talk about conscious holiday shopping on air next week. A good day indeed! The bonus is that Share Your Good Day is currently matching each donation dollar for dollar. They’ll even double donations that come from referring friends.

What good thing has recently happened to you?

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. Read past stories here

Philanthropy Friday: Resolve to Give Every Single Day

 

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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.

This post was originally written as a guest post for SkinnyScoop last June. I dug it up because I thought it was a nice reminder that we can resolve to give every single day in 2013.

I’m kind of obsessed with philanthropy. It’s been a topic that I’ve explored on this blog quite a bit.

I’m intrigued by the whole concept of philanthropy. What it means. How we define it. How we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.

I guess the obsession goes back to my work in the nonprofit world. I’ve worked in fundraising departments and run marketing communications efforts for behavioral health agencies since 2004. I still do on a consulting basis. In the process, I’ve seen first hand the power of philanthropy.

Let me be clear here. I’m not necessarily talking about donating money. Giving money is good, of course, but there’s more to this philanthropy thing. You know that feeling you get when you help someone?

Have you ever had someone tell you that something you did, though very small to you, actually made a huge positive impact on her life?

Whether it’s planned or not, it feels good to give. In fact, some studies have shown that it’s actually good for our health because it contributes to our overall well-being.

According to Martin Seligman, a positive psychologist, there are three paths to happiness – the pleasant life, the good life and the meaningful life. It turns out that the “meaningful life,” which involves using our strengths to serve something larger than us, brings us the most happiness. And studies have shown that doing good for others actually makes us feel happiest of all.

The problem is that we sometimes forget to give. We get caught up in our busy lives and stop paying attention to those around us. Been there. Done that.

Imagine the impact we could make if we all did just one simple good deed every day. Nothing big. Just a simple good deed that might inspire others to pay it forward with another good deed.

See where I’m going here?

If you need some inspiration, I started a list of some simple ways to incorporate philanthropy into your life. Microphilanthropy, if you will. I hope you will add to it, so we can reference it year round.

December shouldn’t be the only season for giving.

(View the list on SkinnyScoop)

Philanthropy Friday: Simple Ways to Give Every Day

skinnyscoop logoEach 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.

So, we’re changing it up a bit for Philanthropy Friday this week. That’s because I am the guest blogger on SkinnyScoop today.

SkinnyScoop is an online tool to help you curate lists. I love it because you can combine an equal amount of good content with good visuals. People can follow your lists, comment on them and even add to them. It’s pretty fun. I’ve embedded a few of my lists onto my blog and am working on organizing my Philanthropy Friday posts onto one page using SkinnyScoop. (Seriously. My “all about bacon’ list has just about 13,000 views right now.)

Anyway, my post is all about philanthropy and how doing good for others makes us happier. Of course, there’s a list at the end that includes simple ways to give every day. Go on over, read the post and please add to the list. I know I’ve got some really creative, philanthropy-minded people who read this blog. I’m excited to see what good deeds you suggest!

Read: Guest Post: Simple Ways to Give (Every Single Day)

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