Posts Tagged ‘dads’

 

Rats for Dads

Posted by mari on June 17th, 2010

 

Today, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof ran an op-ed urging his readers to make meaningful gifts this Father’s Day.

“Wouldn’t most dads feel more honored by a donation to any of these organizations than by a donation to commercialism?,” he asked.

Many of the organizations he mentioned in his article are hosted on GlobalGiving, and we were, of course, thrilled and appreciative that he chose to highlight our partner organizations in this way.

To date, Kristof’s article has raised just under $30,000 from over 600 donors for just one of the projects he mentioned—the landmine detecting, mega-smart hero rats.

And the number goes up by the minute.

To us at GlobalGiving, this is yet another powerful reminder of how one person—or one idea—can make a hugely significant impact on a corner (or in Nick’s case, many corners) of the world.

I’m particularly appreciative to Nick given that this article falls on the day after his own father passed away.

Given what Nick has said about his father’s life, it’s no surprise that he would raise a son who would have such a broad, positive impact on the world. To all the great fathers out there, and the wonderful values they instill in their kids.

Mari Kuraishi is Co-Founder and President of GlobalGiving.

Nothing like a cool diaper bag.

Posted by john hecklinger on April 30th, 2008

I have to say I love the diaper bag I got for my first Fathers Day. It’s a gray messenger style bag with a pocket for all essentials – sippy cup, emergency rations of Spaghetti-O’s and goldfish, wipes, diapers, changing pad, butt cream, and purel. It’s got room to spare for a change of clothes and a few books.

For gear heads, parenthood opens up a whole new world of possibilities – from the mundane details of which baby bottle works best for your infant, to the very important performance characteristics of a stroller, you can really go overboard on things. Still, with my Diaper Dude bag and my Bugaboo stroller (both provided through the unbelievable generosity of friends and family), my son and I are ready for just about anything.

Poop in a museum? No problem.

Haircut trauma? Got a music cube and lollipop for that.

Like a guy I used to wait tables with in grad school used to say, “Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail.”

I’ve been working closely with the great folks at JOHNSON’S® on the “Celebrity Hand-Me-Down Auction” that went live on eBay last night. Well known moms and a dad (Matt Damon) have donated baby gear for auction, with proceeds going to a selection of mom and baby-related projects on a GlobalGiving web site customized for JOHNSON’S®. The projects range from providing baby gear to families in the Bronx to helping teen moms in Kenya start small businesses.

Huge thanks to the celebrities who donated very nice gear, and a big thanks to JOHNSON’S® for choosing GlobalGiving as its charitable partner.