June 2008 Posts

Listening is the New Giving

I came across this article on the New York Times and thought it was an interesting approach to giving – along the same line as knowing your donors and getting involved with things about which they are already passionate.

Product (RED) is developing a digital music sservice, which is scheduled to launch in the fall.  For $5/week, customers will receive three new pieces of exclusive music or audio content from some of industry’s biggest acts: U2, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Emmylou Harris and Deathcab for Cutie.

While (RED) remains controversial for some, I applaud their approach because while I opened this post with an air of scholarliness – I was just perusing the New York Times and stumbled across this article – in truth, I found it on @U2 while I was looking for more information on rumored track called “The Cedars of Lebanon” on U2’s upcoming new album.

I’m a perfect example: find out what people are already excited about and get involved.

Alumni Baby #1 – Willa Stefanski

Former employees of GlobalGiving know that they never really leave the GG family. And of course, this means that their children are immediately issued a GlobalGiving account and building ID card. In May we had a visit from Alumni baby number one – Willa. Willa is the progeny of our former Chief Program Officer, Eli Stefanski (now Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Fund) and her husband Scott. Mom, Dad and young Willa were the hit of the office….how could they not be, when you look at that face, those eyes.

In the next couple of months, two more alumni babies are anticipated – so watch this blog for news of their arrivals. Tim/Allison – Willa has set a high bar.

Kicking It Homestyle, Yo.

Word.

Just a reminder, if you’re looking for some fun this weekend, Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington, DC is showing Kicking It, the documentary about the Homeless World Cup.  There are also showtimes in Los Angeles and New York, according to the website.

As Donna and Ted  mentioned earlier this week, this weekend Kastles Stadium will host a free street soccer tournament where 100 players from around the country will compete to represent the United States in the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia in December.  Bring some sunscreen and we’ll see you there!

Looking to cool off after the game?  E Street Cinema  is only 3 blocks away – check out the movie too!

View Larger Map

Tweet Tweet

Twitter LogoDid you know that GlobalGiving is on Twitter?

It’s true.  We resisted the revolution for a while, but ultimately we got hooked.

Admittedly, we’re not Twitter aficionados (yet), but if you follow us, I promise you’ll see the GG Team in a new light.  If you’re on Twitter, follow us and be sure to say hey.  If you’re not on Twitter yet, check it out.

 See you in the Twitterverse.

Do you want a little earth-changing idea?

On Monday, I blogged about all the hard mysterious work the GG Team was doing.  This probably sent you all into a frenzy, trying to figure out just what we were doing – like National Geographic’s World Magazine “What in the World” game.

 The GG team was out in full force this morning, greeting commuters at four Washington D.C. Metro stations as part of our promotional efforts for our new PSA.  We handed out boxes that contained a “little earth-changing ideas” on the outside, and a small note from GlobalGiving on the inside.  At our debriefing earlier today, we all had fun stories to share – having met people who responded enthusiastically, as well as some who were less than thrilled.

 If you met us out today, please leave us a message.  We’d love to hear from you!

 Below are some photos that Robert took of our adventures this morning.