Let me begin by saying that generosity and fighting injustices & poverty should not be abdicated to celebrities, millionaires, rockstars, and A-listers. We should all care. We have the capacity to make a difference. Don’t mistake what I’m saying: I appreciate their voices but we can’t hide behind our excuses. I’m no celebrity and no Ashton Kutcher – who recently made more headline news for being the first person on Twitter to amass over 1 million “followers.” The last time I checked, he now has over 1.35 million followers. Well, we’re not that far behind with our viral vision.
It’s not going to make any news but I am very excited that we have 647,888 people (and counting) in our Facebook Group for our Poverty Organization. When we started this group on May 15, 2008, I thought we wouldn’t even come close to gathering 100,000 people which is why the group is entitled, “We will donate $1 for every person that joins this group to fight global poverty.”
As some of you know (and some have strongly criticized), we’ve gone public (for these reasons) with our pledge in hopes of starting this grassroots organization. We are giving up this year’s salary + some additional funds (over the next few years) and donating a total of $100k for this vision.
But with nearly 700,000 people, will we be able to honor donating $1 for each person? If the vision catches on, we’ll be able to do that and more. We hope to raise and give beyond 1 million dollars over the next couple years. For the time being, we’re not really asking for public donations because we haven’t publicly released our name and vision letter. Once we get the green light from our lawyer, I’ll be sharing it soon (and eventually, the beta website).
But there are some ways you can help. While it wasn’t a goal initially, I’d love to get our group to 1 million members. So, could you help by taking 3 minutes to partner with us in the following ways:
1. If you haven’t, simply join our poverty group on Facebook.
2. Please share this group on your Facebook status or on your ‘Posted Items.’ And whenever you think of the group or our vision, share it again…. To help share about the group, you can simply say something like:
Check out the vision of this group: http://fightglobalpoverty.com
To make it easy, just click HERE to share it on your FACEBOOK profile (you need to be logged into your FB account).
3. Share this on Twitter or retweet the occasional news you might receive from my Twitter account about the poverty org. A simple suggestion for a Tweet:
“Check out the vision of a new grassroots poverty organization: http://fightglobalpoverty.com”
And if you can, share it on FB or Twitter every few weeks. Why is the Facebook group important?
Because we want to leverage the group to help us start our grassroots viral movement to join others in helping eradicate extreme global poverty. We will demonstrate integrity, transparency, and efficiency and believe that we can make a difference. It’s important for folks to realize that we have no interest in re-inventing the wheel but rather, partnering and collaborating with women, men, and children (and orgs) that are already doing some amazing work. We also want to remind people that generosity and philanthropy shouldn’t just be reserved for Hollywood A-listers, millionaires, and rockstars. We all need to get involved…and get make a difference.
* On one more exciting note, I’m excited that the I’ll get to spend some time with the good folks at ONE.ORG. We’ve received our share of criticism and borderline hate emails so it feels good to receive some affirmation as well. I’m very excited and humbled that they’ll be flying me out next week to Washington DC to allow me to attend the Mobilization to End Poverty Conference and spend some time with their staff at their ONE headquarters. Asides from the possibility of having President Obama speak at the conference, I am super humbled and excited to meet and learn from the folks at ONE. I hope Bono shows up…