Eugene Cho

calling on dreamers, visionaries, and investors

Eugene & Minhee Cho, co-founders of One Day's Wages

We recently unveiled our vision for One Day’s Wages – a movement to fight extreme global poverty. We’re still working hard to get the beta version of the website ready by late June/early July and a full launch by September but we still need your help.  This is my invitation for the early Dreamers, Visionaries, & Investors to help launch One Day’s Wages.

Raising funds is not an easy to do especially in light of two things: 1) I hear there’s a global financial recession going on, and 2) It’s not easy investing in something you’re really not sure if it’s going to do what it aspires to do.

And what is ODW’s aspiration?

Inspiring people around the world through human relationships & stories and technology & social media to stir a movement to fight extreme global poverty.

Would you consider being amongst our early Dreamers, Visionaries, and Investors?  Here’s the good news: We’ve already raised $50,519.63 for the Administration Fund and our goal is to raise $150,000.  We’re also receiving donations for the Giving Fund (100% of these funds go towards organizations, causes, and projects and we’ve raised $4,035). If you’re interested or know someone that might be interested, here’s some relevant links for your due diligence:

Additional good news: Until mid-September, people can donate to One Day’s Wages via Amazon Payments with absolutely ZERO surcharges (amazing!). You can also mail your donation.

Yesterday, Seattle Business Journal published this article about One Day’s Wages.  Help us spread the word by tweeting or posting the article on Facebook, or sending our Vision Letter to some of your family & friends that might resonate with ODW’s vision.

Thank for dreaming with us…

[link to article]
A Seattle pastor and blogger is launching a grass-roots, global movement to fight extreme poverty by asking supporters to donate something he says won’t break the budgets: one day’s worth of wages.

The group, One Day’s Wages, was granted status as a nonprofit in May and will unveil a website to accept donations this month. Founded by Eugene Cho and his wife, Min Hee Cho, One Day’s Wages is using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to seek funds. The nonprofit’s mission is not associated with any faith, the Chos said.

The concept is simple: Donate a single workday’s worth of wages — equal to $192 for an income of $50,000 a year — and have donors renew the pledge each year on their birthday.

“My wife and I want to do our part to impact the larger world,” said Eugene Cho, a blogger and Christian pastor at Quest Church in Seattle.

The nonprofit’s Facebook group, called Fight Global Poverty, lists an astounding 803,000 members. The Chos pledged to give $1 for every member of the Facebook group, up to $100,000, and Eugene Cho asked his 2,000 friends on Facebook to consider joining the group. From there word spread rapidly, he said.

“It is pretty stunning to us,” Eugene Cho said of the interest the concept has received.

One Day’s Wages has begun receiving donations but will not make grants until September after screening groups to be eligible to receive the donations, Cho said.

Cho said the idea came to him and his wife three years ago after one of their three children asked about poor children in a television commercial. The question resonated, so Cho and his wife pledged one year of their household income — about $68,000 — to fight poverty. From that, One Day’s Wages was born and the Chos increased their total pledge to $100,000, some of which might go to cover administrative costs for One Day’s Wages.

The group is trying to raise $150,000 to cover the first two years’ administrative costs for the new nonprofit, Cho said. Still, as the recession worsened, the pledge has put the family in a financial bind and they have sold some assets to cover basic needs, Cho said. “It has been a very humbling, painful time as a family.”

The interest on Facebook is providing inspiration, Cho said. “A big part of our vision is this is what we mean by a movement,” he said. “We really are trying to inspire people to be more generous and compassionate.”

Cho said donations will be passed through to established organizations that support clean water, education, health and other strategies for fighting poverty.

“Our desire is not to reinvent the wheel,” Cho said.

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5 Responses

  1. Hey Eugene,

    I’ve been following you on Twitter…I can’t make a financial contribution at this time, but if there is any other way I can support ODW please let me know (photography? video/film?). My website is http://www.blueskyhill.com.

  2. Matt Busby says:

    Can’t wait to spread the word! Your faithfulness through this process is what is so inspiring!

  3. randplaty says:

    I’ve been reading about your organization and watched the videos and read the letter and I must confess to you that I still don’t quite understand the purpose of your organization. It seems like you are encouraging and collecting funds to fight global poverty and in turn are then giving the funds to other organizations.

    I don’t mean to be disrespectful or anything but isn’t your organization a type of “middleman?” Why can you publish a list of your recommended NGOs and we can donate directly to the NGOs? That way we save the $150000 in operational costs for your organization and that money can be used directly in the war against extreme poverty. I’m probably just missing something here, but what added value does your organization contribute?

  4. me says:

    @randplaty: if it’s not clear, then we haven’t done a good job communicating our vision. hopefully, it’ll become clearer when we share our website.

    but i would encourage you to donate directly to NGOs you believe in. that would be cool.

  5. Pat says:

    Hmmm.

    Makes sense to me, Eugene. You’ve made everything transparent and that’s what I really appreciate. You’re asking for some investment to build a network to inspire thousands to join the cause. And if I read your letter correctly, you’ve already stated that 100% of all public donations are going to organizations that people choose via One Day’s Wages.

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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