Dear Friends, Supporters, Blog Readers, Critics, and Stalkers:
So, it’s that time of the year. It’s my birthday on October 20 and I’m turning… [pause for dramatic effect] … 44 years old.
Gulp. Double 4s.
And for my birthday, I’d love to mail you a personalized signed copy of my book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World.
In lieu of cards, flowers, iPhone 6+, drinks, or whatever…I’d like to ask you to consider making a small donation to my birthday campaign to help support the work of One Day’s Wages.
ODW recently celebrated its 5th anniversary and during this time, we’ve raised nearly $2.35 million dollars to come alongside those living in extreme poverty through carefully vetted organizations. AND we invest 100% (minus any credit card fees) of those donations for projects. We don’t take a single penny and raise our administrative fund separately.
We’ve engaged in 72 partnerships that include heart surgeries for children in Iraq and rehabilitating water wells and creating jobs in Africa. We’ve raised over $200,000 for relief and development projects in response to the drought in the Horn of Africa. We’ve engaged in 7 partnerships for maternal health impacting 30,196 women (and countless newborns and infants0.
This young woman’s name is Safiatou. She was the first patient at a maternity ward that ODW helped build in Mali with our partner org Mali Health. This maternity ward is the first in their village. After having walked for miles, she made it and gave birth to a healthy girl, Baby Diakité … actually hours before the ward officially opened. They couldn’t wait any longer.
We’ve been able to do this with only two full-time staff and various interns and volunteer staff. Nevertheless, it’s been incredible and humbling to witness the impact.
If you’re compelled and able to give, here are some ideas:
- $10 – because that’s the price of a movie ticket.
- $44 – because I’m turning 44 years young.
- $100+ – See below
- $ ___ – Calculate your one day’s wages and give that amount.
- $1000 – because I’ll help with any project
* For anyone that donates a minimum of $100, I’d love to send you (or someone you want to send as a gift) a personalized signed copy of my new book, Overrated as a small token of appreciation.
Click here to go to my birthday campaign and make a donation.
Because one of my life philosophies is to never ask people to do something I’m not willing to do, my wife and I are donating $15K towards this 2014 campaign. There’s a lot of toys and stuff we’d like to have but honestly, we don’t really need them.
Thanks so much for considering this. And most of all, thanks for your love, support, and prayers. Everything is grace.