I’ll be as pithy as Seth: shoutout here.

Thanks, Seth!


A fantastic post from Qui Diaz on 50+ ways to give to causes for the holidays. A few of my favorites:

  • Feed A Need with Reddit – Add your qualifications to Reddit’s “Database of Awesome” and be ready to give 2 hours of your time to one of the project’s partnering charities.
  • SocialVibe – Select your charity (e.g., One Laptop Per Child), your sponsor (e.g., Apple), grab and display your badge on your social profiles, and earn points for donations to your charity.
  • Instant Message for Good – The more messages you send, the more ad revenue Microsoft Live Messenger kicks to the charity of your choice (American Red Cross, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and more).
  • Just Be a Geek Who Gives – This Slideshare presentation from Beth Kanter – a leading voice for nonprofit tech/social media – will illuminate and steer your online influence in new ways.

And, of course, the GiveList! Thanks, Qui, for the great list!

Beth Kanter was one of the presenters at today’s Social Media Breakfast in Boston.  Beth used the topic “Social Media for Good” to connect several efforts going and leveraged the face-to-face activity to bring in food and social media activity to help get two trucks filled with food and delivered to a local food bank.

The online activity,  Tyson’s offer to give away 100 pounds of protein per comment on their blog, was spread out, from the face-to-face event, via twitter. Tyson has more than 800 comments on their blog and stopped when they’d filled two trucks with food.

This is a food drive, sure, but powered up to do even more through widespread engagement.

A post in today’s Motherlode parenting blog in the New York Times points to the GiveList and your tweets and contributions.

Big shout out to @gurnage, @kivilm, @wharman, @sharonschneider, @GrantsChampion, @kanter, @cybersibesk, Youth Serve America, @PeepsHelpPeeps, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for their ideas and inclusion in the article.

Have more ideas? Drop them in the comments to the post and we’ll find ’em and use ’em for the GiveList v2.

You tweet and blogged. And we collect 71 givelist ideas.  You can also vote for your favorites. Finally, you can grab the list for yourself over at the Squidoo Lens. Just scroll down to the bottom of the list to get some code so that you can embed share the list.

But don’t think you’re done yet. We think there are more ideas out there and we’d love to push out a GiveList, v2.  So keep tweeting, blogging and bookmarking. Just add givelist so that we can find it.


Whenever people ask me why I am so wildly enthusiastic about the Internet and all things social media, I point to content like the blog post from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Friday about the GiveList. (True confession: I was an enthusiastic but awful french horn player in high school.) In essence, it says that they say the tweets about the GiveList and that got the blogger, Lacey Huszcza, thinking about ways that people can support the arts without writing a check. Here is the list of sixteen ways to give to arts organizations from Lacey:

  1. Volunteer your time – arts organizations need docents, people to help with administrative time, and people to help with events. Your time can be worth even more than money
  2. Call a friend and tell them about your favorite concert or piece of art. Word of mouth is the best way to spread the mission of an organization
  3. Write a letter to the editor of the opinion section of your local paper to tell them about the importance of the arts in your community
  4. Have a listening party in your home (can be around a broadcast of your favorite symphony or your favorite recording). The holidays are a great time to get together and share great music with friends.
  5. Write or call your congressperson to thank them for the increase in the NEA budget for this year, and to encourage them to continue supporting the arts. Find your Congressperson here.
  6. If you are a musician or an artist, teach a lesson to a child for free
  7. Send CDs of your favorite music to the troops overseas (ok, this one costs a little, but it is a great gift to give someone far away from home)
  8. Someone you know probably loves the arts, but is unable to drive. Offer them a ride to his/her favorite concert or museum and see how much joy that brings!
  9. Serve on a city level or neighborhoods arts council to help direct funds to arts organizations in need
  10. Call your favorite arts organization and offer to distribute brochures to a local coffee shop or bookstore
  11. If you are a café/restaurant/bar owner, create a signature dish or drink and name it in honor of your favorite organization
  12. Create a wish list of your favorite arts organizations, and ask people to make donations in your name rather than buying you presents for the holidays
  13. Attorneys can call California Lawyers for the Arts and offer his or her services
  14. Write a blog post about a cause/charity that you are passionate about. Include a link to the cause/charity (OK, I borrowed this great idea from @rogercarr but it’s a good one!)
  15. Contribute, audition, comment on or follow the YouTube Symphony Orchestra project
  16. If your favorite arts organization has a blog, a facebook page, or some other form of social networking – leave a comment, post on their wall, or just send them an email telling them what you love about that organization.

Thanks, Lacey, and thanks to the many other folks generating such lovely ideas to support people, organizations, and communities!

It so amazing and heartening to see the stream of great ideas coming in via Twitter for the GiveList. Marnie and I noticed that some are idea without a website home, so we wanted to make sure to capture them on our bogs as well. Here are just a few:

  • Donate your frequent flier miles to families of soldiers so they can visit them during the holidays (thanks
  • Adopt a senior to shovel their walk this winter (Of course, you should make sure they want to be adopted!) (thanks Chuck Theis!)
  • Send a note to someone who works for a nonprofit and thank them for what they do (thanks, Jane Hexter)
  • Record a video about a cause that’s meaningful to you and post it on YouTube (thanks, Roger Carr!)

Thanks to everyone sharing and circulating their ideas!

This is great.  First off, thanks to all of y’all for sharing the #givelist word.  Second, thanks for sharing your givelist ideas!  Keep ’em comng.

Allison is collecting them in a sidebar over on their right under favorites and, as we get more, we’ll push out a few other goodies for you to play with.

Wow, what a response!  In the few hours that GiveList has been up and running, we are delighted and thrilled with the enthusiasm and excitement with which our idea has been received.  Thanks to Beth Kanter for so creatively adding GiveList to an upcoming presentation in Boston, and Lucy Bernholz for posting about it so quickly.  Thanks to the tens of tweeters using the #givelist hashtag and sharing ideas and helping to spread the word.  Here’s my favorite tweet of the day from Missashe, swoon #givelist (Hat tip, everyone I follow on twitter…) love, love, love this idea!”

So, thanks again for giving our idea oxygen and love, as someone said to us this afternoon, Just because I’m poor doesn’t mean that I have to be stingy!”
Allison and Marnie

The GiveList is a resource of ways to support communities and causes this holiday season* that don’t necessarily require writing a check.  We all know it’s rough out there this year, but that also means that the needs of people and communities are also greater than every.  There are a lot of ways that a creative do-gooder can continue to help heal the world.

And we’re betting, actually praying, that you know a bunch of ways to help.  Share ’em.

Whether you’re del.icio.us’ing, twittering, posting or flickring just tag it GiveList and we’ll find it and share your contribution ideas with the world.

* We’re starting now during the “giving season” but the GiveList can be year-round activities too!

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