I’ve been (unofficially) doing something for the past ~9 months that I call it the “non-profit of the month” (NPOTM)- very catchy title, I know.
As many know, I’m extremely passionate about causes. I’ve worked on and donated time to many. I hope to one day dedicate 100% of my time to them. But its hard to find time to give-back. (Tangent: Read Dan Pallotta’s book Uncharitable and learn why we should be paying top-dollar to top-talent for giving their time and efforts to work full-time on non-profits.) So I started doing NPOTM.
NPOTM is simple. I find a non-profit whose mission I believe in and who has a product that I can wear on my person (there are LOTS in the Summit Series community) . The hope is that people see what I’m wearing, strike up a conversation and learn about the cause. Thats it.
This month I’m promoting charity:water by wearing their bracelet.
charity:water is one of the most impressive and innovative charities on the planet. They’ve built a web app that engages, educates and quantifies the impact of contributing, and married that with social media. The results of which are nothing short of astounding. The tweet below says it all.
Their new project, Water Forward, just takes it to another level. Take the time to watch the Water Forward video, and when you’re done, join me.
Starvation is a terrible thing, but a child going hungry is just cruel. Children need nourishment for development, both in the physical aspect and mental. Simply, it has a great impact in the well being of a child.
At NGenSoft we believe in helping in great causes, so when a friend mentioned the Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation event, I jumped at the chance to help.
I’m the one on the left.
The event went off without a hitch, to a packed house. This is great, since 100% of ticket sales goes to support the No Kid Hungry efforts.
Money helps, but time is priceless. Volunteering, is not only good for the soul, but sometimes can have a bigger impact than anything money can buy.
I got to help a friend, help kids, and I had a great time. I gave my time, but I feel I got a lot more in return.
Find your own way to give back. There are plenty of great causes that you could make in difference in.