I Care: About supporting charity. It’s my thing.
My Friends: They’re everywhere.
Facebook. Twitter. Google+ (I’ve got circles and hangouts galore). I even have blogosphere followers. Okay so they probably aren’t all friends, but in the social media generation, I’ve got a big network that reaches from the kids I went to elementary school with, to college dorm mates, to travelers I met abroad, to my friends and coworkers of today.
My Event: Is going to make a difference.
I’m having a birthday celebration and raising money for several of my favorite women’s health charities. It’s just one way I can personally create change—but the possibilities are endless: You can run that marathon you’ve been meaning to get in shape for, shave your luscious locks (or hard-earned moustache), throw a holiday party or tie the knot while incorporating charity.
My Plan: I’ve decided to combine my thing, my people, and my event to do something AWESOME.
In a world with a gifting currency of “stuff,” for my birthday I’m requesting a charitable donation instead. (And you can too.) I find online registries to be one of the best ways to raise money and track my progress.
For my birthday I simply:
- Set up an account with JustGive
- Added my favorite women’s health charities
- Wrote a quick story about what this cause means to me
- Uploaded a photo, and invited my friends to join!
If you also care about women’s health issues, October (breast cancer awareness month) is the perfect month to fundraise–there are plenty of races and charities that will plan the event for you! You can also create a Memorial Registry in honor of a loved one who battled a health related illness and raise money to support research and education.
For any reason and every cause, it’s easy to raise money through an online registry.
>>Facebook: Tell us what inspires you. How are you creating real change?
>>Wedding Charity Registry: Are you getting married or do you know a couple that is? Charity is the perfect way to share the love.
>>Memorial Registry: A meaningful way to honor a life. Read about my aunt and how my family celebrated her legacy.
— Michelle Koffler, Marketing Coordinator