This is inspiring. And fully do-able. I head about the philanthropic organization through a radio piece Jordan did (which we're working on making available online) a few weeks back. Whether you're looking for easier ways to watch your involvement with charities etc meet concrete goals or a student of new thought and hope, check out GiveMeaning.com - the home of the $5 philanthropist. Here's a teaser...
“My dream for GiveMeaning is that we inspire people to take action. I believe that most every person cares deeply about something, but I’m equally sure that many of us find ourselves doing little for the causes that matter most to us - not because of a lack of desire, but a lack of confidence. I know this, because I’ve felt it, and many of my friends feel it too. We have each thought, ‘How can any of my small efforts possibly make even a tiny dent in fixing the issues I care about?’
My plan is for GiveMeaning to change all this by being able to take any cause or issue and identify a small, but tangible, piece of the problem to fix. I once heard a story where the moral was “if you want to move mountains, buy a shovel.” GivingGroups are like online shovels that make small steps towards addressing big issues. By celebrating the success of these small steps, it inspires us to keep going, and then, who knows? I believe that after a short while, we’ll look back on our path of small steps and we’ll realise that we’ve walked miles. This is my hope for GiveMeaning; people connecting with friends and strangers, united by a desire to achieve a common goal. Not every GivingGroup will succeed and not everyone will agree. But I’ve never felt so excited about the possibility for change that can be achieved by a website called GiveMeaning.” – Tom Williams, CEO