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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The answer to who you serve makes all the difference... It's the day after International Women's Day - and it's still important to celebrate the contribution of women in our lives, society, and world. As we honor women all around the world, I'm also reminded of how women and children are those who are most deeply impacted by injustice - especially poverty.

Sadly, I have witnessed this reality in too many places. ​In 2012, I traveled to a remote area in Eastern Kenya as part of a @onedayswages response to a famine that struck the Horn of Africa region. This famine impacted nearly 13 million people and according to some sources, took the lives of about 250,000 people. During my trip there, I had the chance of meeting many people but the person that still remains in my memory was a Muslim woman named Sahara.

She was so hospitable in inviting us to her small and temporary home. During our conversation, I learned that ​Sahara traveled 300 kilometers (a little under 200 miles) – some by cart and some by foot – as they sought to escape the worst drought that has impacted East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) in the past 60 years.

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She traveled about 200 miles on cart and foot. ​And all along, she was ill. If you look closely ​at the photo, you might notice the large lump in her throat - likely a large cancerous tumor.​ She did not travel alone. She traveled with her husband who I was not able to meet because he was staying with one of his five other wives in this polygamist community.  She did not travel alone. She also traveled with her six children – the youngest being about 1 and the oldest being around 8. She had just given birth to her sixth child when they began her journey. Her youngest was severely malnourished when they arrived to this new settlement in a town called Benane. 
Sahara and her children all survived this journey. They survived because she persisted. 
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