Giving is Social was on the back burner for a couple of months in 2015 because I got married. To say the least, it was a life-changing move. No other endeavor was bigger than that.
I’ve learned that to create an outward impact, you’ll have to be very strong internally. 2015 was all about that - thinking and recalibrating. Now a team of two, my husband Michael and I took time to pray, align our visions, and establish our joint mission. We’re #BetterTogether.
While Giving is Social will still be fronted by me, Michael has been a great added support - emotionally and intellectually. It’s great to have a partner who is also passionate about the community. He works for the corporate responsibility group of the Intercontinental Hotels Group. I’ve been learning a lot from what he does for work. Our minds are #BetterTogether.
A big learning from the past two years - get a team involved! While there were several people who helped enormously, I didn’t focus much on building the core team. This is now Giving is Social’s pursuit. We are building a leadership team that will think, plan and serve together. Sign-up HERE for any of the ‘Leadership Info Sessions’. Hope to see you!
My friend asked if Giving is Social collects donations. She's throwing a party for her kid and she doesn't want people to give her kid gifts. They could instead donate to a group that needs more help. Let me say first that she's an awesome mom, her kid has all that he needs, thus, her alternative idea.
I suggested React, our featured partner this month. I only needed to send her a brief about what React does and a link to the giving portal. She quickly sent a message to her friends, and the fundraising campaign was on!
You too can turn up your birthday celebration this year, before your mom does. Here's the simple planning you got to do:
Step 1: Choose your beneficiary.
Step 2: Think of a party idea. Be creative. Here are some suggestions:
1. A Mexican-themed party at Hombre Cantina. Invite your friends to join your own "Burrito eating challenge" on your birthday. On top of the donations-as-gifts, you can ask your joiners of the challenge to rally for support that can add up to the donations (e.g. $20 dollars for every burrito they consume).
2. A game night. A door fee of, let's say, $25/person serves as your friends' donations. Invite as many friends as your condo unit can hold. Invite your neighbors too so you won't have to deal with complaints about the noise. Ask friends to bring food. Potluck basis especially in Singapore is very well received, in fact, it's been a default arrangement for parties.
Step 3: Set up a page on simplygiving.com.
This is the new cool way to fund raise that avoids the awkward transaction involving receiving money from friends. You can simply direct them to your birthday fundraising page. All of those door fees serve as their donations. All other donations-as-gifts will be facilitated by simplygiving.com. Here's how to get that page up.
Step 4: PARTY!!!
Giving is Social can put you in touch with party venues, entertainers, and of course, beneficiaries for you fun birthday event. We do it for free. We're just happy to connect.
Advance happy birthday!
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