To #passlove, you have to be willing to give forward. That means giving time, giving energy, and giving resources. I may not be a millionaire, but I give financially to causes I care about. I’m lucky, because my community cares, too! I’ve been talking about fundraising a bit recently and I think it warrants a deeper exploration. Thankfully, I live in such a giving community that we have an entire DAY devoted to community involvement and donations.
On May 6, Tampa Bay will join other Community Foundations around the United States to promote giving locally. I talked with Jocelyn Carpenter at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay about Give Day Tampa Bay.
Jocelyn emphasizes “Often what stops people from giving is the idea that what they have to give won’t make a difference. We can’t all be Bill Gates, but we can all do something.” We can all do something. A little is better than nothing.
In Tampa, May 6 marks the inaugural “Give Day Tampa Bay” a “a 24-hour event focused on community engagement and support across Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. On Give Day – May 6 – you can log on to www.givedaytampabay.org and make a gift to your charity of choice. The minimum gift amount is only $25!”
Jocelyn takes that $25 minimum donation and makes it accessible and relevant to all. She says, “Just think if you and all of your Facebook friends gave $25 to a local charity on Give Day – let’s say you have 300 Facebook friends…that’s $7,500! That is most certainly impactful. Our ability to make change collectively is far more impactful than when we work alone, and by tracking the number of donors and dollars on May 6th, Give Day Tampa Bay will show everyone in our community just how much impact we can have when we come together to benefit our neighbors.” When we work together, a little really CAN go a long way!
Support your favorite local non-profit on Give Day Tampa Bay. And no, you don’t have to wait until Give Day to make a donation–but registered non-profits *DO* get the chance to win some nifty prizes if you give on May 6!
I pledge to support my community on May 6 and, wherever you live, I encourage you to donate what you can when you can. It’s important for us to step up financially for what we believe in and make this world a better place.
Don’t live in Tampa Bay? Check out “Give Local America” and see if your community is participating in a community-based day of giving.
Jocelyn ended by urging “Join me and the rest of our community neighbors on May 6th by supporting one of the variety of nonprofits that do so much good for us here in Tampa Bay. And, after you make your donation on May 6th, share your support with others and continue to #PassLove!”
I will be there with bells on to show my love for our community on Give Day Tampa Bay. Let’s all #PassLove by giving some money love to our favorite local charities….Because every penny makes a differencee! When we work together we can all create a more awesome tomorrow.
I’ll be sharing my gift to the Exalted Warrior Foundation (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) on Give Day Tampa Bay (so watch my blog, twitter, and facebook for deets!!) in the hopes that I can inspire others to follow suit. I hope you will join with me to make this world a better place! #PassLove to your community and pass along a few dollars to your favorite local charity. 🙂