It is so exciting to go online and discover an article like this one which highlights the group Girls Giving Grants, who, as the name implies, are a group of girls [52 to be precise] who pool their money [$100] and then offer a selection of grants to ‘an organization [that] must be a tax-exempt charity with a program improving the lives of young people in Travis, Hays, Bastrop or Williamson counties.’
The idea is based on the premise that:
One girl with $100 may not make much of a difference.
But 52 girls with $5,200 can.
Which is an exact modeling of what our non-profit organisation, Common Change, does in terms of creating the platform for you and a group of friends [whether girls or not]. The realisation that we can achieve more [and affect more] together than we can do on our own. And also the idea that it feel so much more life-giving to do this kind of thing with a group of people than by myself.
Earlier this year, the girls selected Easter Seals Central Texas as their 2013 grant award recipient. The money helped provide speech, occupational and physical therapies as well as audiology services for eight disabled children.
It is really that simple – gather a group of friends, start donating regularly to a group fund and then be on the lookout for needs that people you know have and meet them as a group in the best possible way…
How about it? Common Change will provide the platform to handle all the tedious admin and the space to share the needs and weigh in on them as a group – you just need the people power and the commitment. What if you tried it as a six month experiment? Do you have 4 to 14 other friends who might be up for something like that?
It is as easy as heading to the Common Change site and registering and letting us connect with you from there.
We look forward to journeying together on this with you.
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