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

Thanks, Seth!

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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!

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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!

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




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