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Ask 5 for 5 – Help Africa #Ask5for5

19 Sep

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5
Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography

Thank you and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week.

A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps. 

At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.

The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.

When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?

My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues.”

Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.

That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grants to
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.

I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (http://seeyourimpact.org/members/ask5for5)
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share #Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter!

I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at ask5for5@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating this week.

A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.

Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving lives and changing history.

p.s. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!
 

Twitter IDs of People and Charities in 39 Inspiring Men

19 Sep

The Twitter IDs of the People and Charities in 39 Inspiring Men on Huffington Post – Follow them all!

@2morrowknight  @CharityIdeas  @ybeitollahi  @ClaireD  @kanter  @DrAndyBaldwin  @GotYourBackNet  @jeffrago  @NOH8campaign  @TheAntonioNeves  @Student_Mentor  @LAUnitedWay  @SeeYourImpact  @mayhemstudios  @the1010project   @live_united  @HuffingtonPost  @HuffPostImpact  @RayBeckerman  @Survival  @BullsAndBeavers   @SVAdaptiveSport  @zaibatsu  @GatesFoundation  @GWPStudio  @MummysWishInc   @AlexPriest  @88bikes  @jeffbullas  @FredHollows  @LXLEE  @josedramirez @Alyssa_Milano   @Unicef   @sdhumane  @KevinMinott  @jimgrayonline  @gofiliberto  @HomeboyInd  @ClementYeung  @KIVA  @TedNguyen  @gupshupblog  @Nisha360  @MartyMcPadden  @KidsAreHeroes  @randfish  @RickGriffin    @TheTop10Blog  @SaveTheChildren  @teeco71  @IS_Foundation  @iansomerhalder  @weirdchina  @WFP  @SavetheChildren  @ryanintheus  @TeamUp4NonProf  @StephenWelton  @MakeAWishCa  @MySODotCom  @ScottHarrison  @CharityWater  @kobyb  @arkarthick  @FeedingAmerica @Ahambhumika  @SteveAkinsSEO  @AmDiabetesAssn  @suthisak  @bitrebels  @Minervity  @CPCharity  @mqtodd  @goinggreentoday  @smaxbrown  @Love146  @ImadNaffa  @OperationSAFE  @Barryckr  @TheSchoolbag   @livestrong @lancearmstron @hardlynormal @kamichat @geoffliving @ChrisVoss @ASPCA @RobQuigley @AlexsLemonade

Share Learn Grow! An Interview with Twitter’s Famed @CharityIdeas | TechCocktail.com by Samantha Strauss

22 Jul

Share Learn Grow! An Interview with Twitter’s Famed @CharityIdeas

http://techcocktail.com/interview-twitter-charityideas-2011-07#.Thxro-Ap-8U

Samantha Strauss July 12, 2011 – TechCocktail.com
Social Media Entrepreneurs Amy Neumann

Today’s post by Tech Cocktail contributor Samantha Strauss (@SFSam22) is the first of a collection of interviews with some heavy-weight social media industry personalities with a goal to highlight the entrepreneur in all of us.

Are you on Twitter? If you’re reading Tech Cocktail, we’ll assume you are. Since you’re on Twitter we’ll also assume that you may have heard of and/or be one of the over 32,000 people who follows @CharityIdeas, aka Amy Neumann. As one of The Huffington Post’s Top 16 People on Twitter Who Inspire the World and Bit Rebels’ Twitter’s Top 75 Bad Ass Women, Amy is known by her followers as a constant source of engaging philanthropic content and enlightening tweets.

What her followers and the world might not know is that while Amy is a “Twitter celebrity,” she’s also an entrepreneur. After years in the corporate world working for companies such as AT&T and Yahoo in various marketing capacities, Amy launched the consulting firm Good Plus Tech in April of this year. Good Plus Tech, merged Amy’s two passions, technology and volunteering.

“Good Plus Tech does just what the name says,” Amy said. “Social good plus technology. We focus on cause marketing and social good branding for nonprofits and corporations, with an emphasis on social media….My long-term goal is to impact the global level of volunteering and donating, focusing on emerging philanthropy markets.”

Recently we had a chance to talk with Amy about how she got started and what her thoughts on entrepreneurship, social media (specifically Twitter), leadership and charity are. Here is what Amy had to say:

Amy Neumann, Founder of Good Plus Tech and @CharityIdeas on Twitter

TC: What are the key attributes of a successful entrepreneur?

Amy: I’d answer this with an adage we’ve heard a million times but is so true: we are all entrepreneurs. We sell our ideas to clients, coworkers, board members, spouses, friends, audiences….Even if you aren’t running your own company, you’re still running your life, and you’re always in charge. No matter what, we all control how we treat people and ourselves.

TC: Is there a guiding principle that you wish you knew when you started that you know now?

Amy: “Just Do It”! Take risks. If you’re wrong, you learn faster than any other way possible. And the more often you try new things, the faster you find the ones you love and are meant to do.

TC: What would you say to a budding entrepreneur?

Amy: Network with positive, smart, giving people. Ask people who are where you want to be how they did it. Find a great mentor or two or three. Most successful people got that way by being honest, friendly, hard-working, and helpful and are happy to share ideas and insight.

TC: Why is social media important to you?

Amy: I’m a wildly curious person and lover of people, so social media is the perfect way to instantly connect with fascinating people and ideas all over the world. And without sites like Twitter to connect people with similar passions, how else would we happen upon them? Love it.

TC: What’s your key to building a great following on Twitter?

Amy: Keep in mind that Twitter is IRL – real people behind avatars (mostly). So the things that work well in person, adjusted to social media format, work well. Share interesting and useful things. Be helpful. Listen. Respond. Be friendly and courteous. Thank people. Introduce people you think would like each other. And be positive.

TC: Do you thank every person that RTs you? Why or Why not?

Amy: Whenever possible, I try to thank people, and I RT tons of interesting links and quotes as well. Share the wealth, I say! After awhile it can be hard to thank everyone all the time, but I do read and appreciate every tweet even if I don’t send a thanks or RT right away.

TC: What’s your Twitter mantra?

Amy: Share, learn, grow!

TC: Why is Charity important to you?

Amy: Helping others makes both sides happy. It’s a fundamental love of mine. Not everything is perfect for anyone all the time, so helping one another when it’s needed is important. It really does help the giver as much as the recipient.

TC: How do you recommend people include charity in their life? Should it be a daily goal? Weekly goal to help someone at least once?

Amy: Some easy ones first! Smile more. Be friendly to strangers. Give people the benefit of the doubt. And of course, there are great sites online for raising money, virtual volunteering, and spreading awareness, in addition to volunteering in person. Twitter and Facebook are immensely helpful for spreading awareness, so just talking about your favorite cause is helpful.

TC: Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? How did this person impact your life?

Amy: My parents instilled a love of helping in me, and my father’s an entrepreneur. I have met countless people who’ve had an influence by being optimistic, unstoppable world-changers. And I adored Bill Gates and Warren Buffett long before they became the world’s largest philanthropists and created the Giving Challenge, which makes me admire them even more.

And For Some Extra Fun…

TC: If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Amy: Teleportation! I love, love, love traveling. The faster, the better!

TC: If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Amy: Leonardo Da Vinci. He was fascinated by and insatiably curious about life, which led to his discovery of and creating new things across art, science, writing, math…you name it.

TC: What’s your favorite motivational quote/saying?

Amy: “I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” ~ Pablo Picasso

8 Simple, Free Ideas to Help Your Favorite #Charity or Cause

2 May


8 Simple, Free Ideas to Help Your Favorite Charity or Cause


As busy as you are, there are still ways to easily fit some helping into your schedule without giving money.  Here are a few!

Help them post requests on the microvolunteering site Sparked. They can get free, skilled volunteer services for things like language translation, website or logo design, PR, marketing, and social media help.

Show some social love. Send some tweets on Twitter, share and like their articles on Facebook, Join their LinkedIn Group (or help them start one.) Add them to your profile and bio info.

Add yourself to their email list. Then remove yourself from their paper mailing list.

Help them write and mail personalized Thank You cards for donors.

Get creative with a fun fundraiser. Here’s a list of ideas to give you ideas.

Add them to your personal email auto-signature. Link to their site or donation page with a short snippet on what they do. Here’s how

Help them write articles. Or curate existing online news articles about them with headlines and shortened links, so they can have them in one place on their site. You can shorten links with Bit.ly or another URL shortener.

Volunteer, and add it to your resume and online profiles (like LinkedIn). Let the world know about the organization, and that helping is important to you — maybe open new doors in the process!  An example: Amy Neumann

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”  ~William James

What #ProgressIs

14 Feb

► #ProgressIs appreciating + sharing the finer things, including optimism, hope, our unique talents & gifts. #litcandle RT @CharityIdeas

This is exciting!

Because of their intriguing “Progress Is” commercials showing a new way of viewing nice things, I entered Audi’s contest. More about that below…

First prize is $25,000 to donate to charity, and here’s how we can win it with teamwork!
Please:

1. RT what YOU think Progress Is – include hashtags #litcandle & #ProgressIs so I can include it for the contest!

2. RT tweets with #litcandle #ProgressIs LIKE ~> ► #ProgressIs appreciating + sharing the finer things, including optimism, hope, our unique talents & gifts. #litcandle RT @CharityIdeas

3. Comment on this post

4. View & comment on Twitpics like this onehttp://twitpic.com/3ztoty

Together we’re in it to win it!

You can track the Top 10 Finalist Leaderboard here: http://audi.us/ProgressIs

Now why I entered…

Audi took a new position on how wealth is viewed. Out with the old – materialist flamboyancy, collecting things instead of experiences. In with the new – quality, satisfaction, a job well done, family and friends, remembering to share.

This mindset’s close to my heart, so it struck me as quite refreshing. And since I’ve only heard good things about Audi from friends, thought I’d join in the fun and try to win $25,000 for charity doing it! First prize also includes racing lessons in an Audi R8 – now *there’s* a life experience!

So please comment below on what YOU think #ProgressIs, and pass this link along!

Twitter Friends Unite, Climbing a Huge Mountain for Charity: Water

8 Nov

MERA PEAK – 6,476 metres (21,247 ft)

In the Everest range, Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. This will make a huge challenge for the Twitterteam. Most have never been anywhere near as high nor walked for so long in many days, never mind upwards.

To climb this Mountain, in April 2012, the team will need 3 weeks of guts, determination, willpower and teamwork to reach the goal at the top, as well as a massive year training/preparing…

Twitter Team Himalayashttp://twitterteamhimalayas.com

Charity: Waterhttp://charitywater.org

Meet #TeamMerahttp://twitterteamhimalayas.com/team.html

HOW TO: Set Up and Start Using Twitter in 3 Minutes

3 Nov

New!  Here’s a great Infographic Twitter Cheat Sheet from Guy Kawaskai’s AllTop page.

Twitter Cheat Sheet Infographic from LexisClick.com

 

1. Sign Up: https://twitter.com/signup

2. Use your name or pick a short, simple, memorable or self-explanatory name.
-Only letters and numbers (and underscores) are allowed. Try to avoid an underscore ( _), as it’s tough to type on mobile devices. Use numbers sparingly. (Mine is @CharityIdeas)

3. Fill out the 140-character bio fully. Many people won’t follow anyone who doesn’t have a bio.

4. Add a link to a site of yours, or an organization you like. You can take out the www part so people can read more of it at a glance. Sample: http://amyneumann.com

5. Upload a picture or “avatar”. Most people won’t follow someone with a default avatar (square with a bird) as it’s a spammer favorite.
-A real picture of yourself works best for most personal accounts.

6. Always shorten URLs with a link-shortening tool like http://bit.ly so you have more room in your tweet.

7. If you see an interesting tweet, you can “forward” or ReTweet (RT) it by putting: RT @username123 Copy of what their tweet said.

8. Try to keep tweets under 120 characters so others can easily RT.

9. To send a reply to someone specific, start the tweet with @theirusername , i.e. @ClaireD Love your “Twitter for Good” book!  #Twitter4Good
-To see who’s sending you messages or mentioning you, check your “@Mentions”
-Direct Messages or DMs are messages sent “privately” to one user from another; someone must be following you for you to be able to DM them.

10. The # is called a “hashtag”, used to tag tweets. If you add a # (hashtag) in front of a keyword, people can track & find easily with tools and search.
-It shows a purposeful use of a word so others can find it. i.e., #philanthropy will be found by others interested in philanthropy.

11. Try a tool like TweetDeck or HootSuite to make it easier once you get going. Hootsuite, Seesmic and CoTweet allow multiple users to tweet on one account.

Great resource from Mashable.com: http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/

50+ Awesome Twitter Tips to become a Pro: http://www.bloggodown.com/2009/07/50-awesome-twitter-tips-to-become-pro.html

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