Charity CHAMPs – get involved with microphilanthropy now!

7 More Days to Save $10 on a $25 Kiva Microloan by sylvng
November 24, 2010, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Microphilanthropy

I haven’t quite jumped on the daily deal bandwagon like some of my friends who religiously check out TeamSave, TeamBuy, RedFlagDeals and similar sites every morning. But I do check the deals every once in a while, and I was pleasantly surprised the other day to find one for Kiva on Groupon. That’s the first time I’ve seen a charity related deal.  It’s neat – allows you to get a $25 microloan for $15.  All you have to do is buy before Dec 1st and redeem the coupon before May 31st of next year on Kiva’s site. It’s too bad it’s only available in the US or I would have definitely purchased one already.

So far over 8000 people have purchased – not bad!


Vote for a real life hero! by sylvng
October 21, 2010, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Microphilanthropy

A great supporter and partner of Charity CHAMPS, Mike Bright, has been short listed for the Digital Heroes Award this year.  Mike is the founder of Help From Home, and is a great champion of microphilanthropy. On his site you can choose micro-volunteering actions that take from 1 minute to 30 minutes of time to complete. The whole idea, of course, is that you don’t need a big chunk of time to make a difference.

The prestigious UK Digital Heroes competition seeks to recognize people who are using digital technology to do social good. The competition is now in its public voting phase, so if you have a second to spare, please hit the site and cast a vote for Mike!

Like We Day and raise $1 for Free the Children by sylvng
October 14, 2010, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Microphilanthropy

Facebook users, now’s the chance to do some easy fundraising! For every ‘like’ on We Day, sponsors will donate $1 to Free The Children. ‘Like’ We Day and help Free The Children raise one million dollars!

Great video by CanadaHelps on online giving by sylvng

Charities are harnessing the power of social media to gain awareness, build communities and raise funds. Just how much has online social media enabled charities to reach out to donors? Check out this video prepared by CanadaHelps. It has some great stats surround what people do online, how they interact with charities, and what charities should be doing:

There’s no time like now for charities to start their presence in the online world, if they haven’t already done so!

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Kiva Not What It Seems…? Part II by sylvng
May 11, 2010, 10:21 pm
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A while ago I wrote about the big debate going on about micro-lending and its impact on communities in third world countries.  I cross-posted the article on SocialActions and got the following comment from Ingrid Vercruyssen, who’s seen first hand the impact of micro-lending in Cambodia. It’s very interesting to get a personal perspective from the ground level!

Hello Sylvia,

I realize this is an old post, but I just came back from Cambodia and had a chance to see micro-lending for myself during my visit.  While Kiva and the others may say one thing, the reality is a stark contrast: People are loosing their homes, their lands in the worse case. In the better cases, they borrow what they can’t pay back, and so begins the cycle of borrowing to repay previous loans.

I have seen Kiva’s micro-lending field partner in action, touring the villages with their moto and befriending the villagers. When I spoke to weavers, they said they often can’t repay their loans because they don’t make enough money selling their silks. The micro lender knows that, I know that and it’s even been written about in the Phnom Penh Post! In fact, most borrow money for personal things completely unrelated to this “enterprise myth”.

This is something that really angered me, as there is absolutely no difference between what I witnessed and the sub-prime predatory tactics recently denounced in the West. I will blog about it shortly and I can assure you I am never making another micro-loan.

Ingrid’s promised that she’ll share more details later, so when I get that info I’ll be sure to share!

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May 2, 2010, 2:40 pm
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We’ve been talking to the founders of about possible collaboration with Charity CHAMPS, and recently they just launched their new Beta site, so check it out! They have a great model for volunteer work. If you have a particular skill and want to use it towards doing good, just offer your services up on their site. People who are looking to hire your  skills will come and pay you for your services, and the money goes to a charity of your choosing.

So here’s an example. Say you love baking and want to use your baking skills to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Well the society probably doesn’t have any volunteer positions for resident baker, but there probably is somebody out there looking for some baking, like for a wedding perhaps. So you post up your baking services, designate that the proceeds will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society, and a couple planning to get married gets to have a wedding cake that gives back. It’s a win-win situation!

Best of all, skills don’t have to professional ones, so think outside the box! Instead of offering accounting or graphic services, you can offer to do gardening, painting, or anything else that you find fun! My co-worker offered to be a designated driver, and will be partying with a group of new friends for an evening, while generating a nice donation for a charity. Ingenious.

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Mobile donations on the rise by sylvng
March 11, 2010, 11:33 pm
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Interesting article on New York Times on the rise of giving through mobile phones. My interpretation, of course, is that this will also mean the continued rise of micro-donations; most likely, quick, one-time donations won’t be in big amounts. Over $24M was raised through the mGive platform for the Haiti earthquake with only $10 donations. The wireless carriers even waived network fees for those donations. Great stuff!

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