In the beginning……

This website will give you an overview of the #microdonation idea I am developing and as you scroll down, there are 7 posts to look at. Since March, I publish weekly new posts through Facebook, as I found a greater response there. You do not require a Facebook account to read them: http://www.Facebook.com/FiveDollarFriday and you can also follow me on Twitter @5dollarsFridays

What is 5DollarFriday?

This all started with $7 coffees and the cups they were served in before Christmas. It had me thinking. Is this what our society has become? We can all be a part of a culture that drinks $7 coffee, or we can be a culture of change. Of making our community a better place. Of making the world a better place. Of making ourselves better humans. Join me, as we change the world, one person at a time!I was aware of the power $5 had for a couple of charities so started asking a few more charities what $5 meant to them. Every one I asked, wanted every $5 bill or change they could get. So I decided to start a movement called $5 Friday in hopes to engage people to think about how little it takes to make a difference.

What if today, just today, everyone donated $5 to charity instead of buying a coffee, a beer, lunch, that scarf in the window? Walk into any restaurant on a Monday, and then the same restaurant on a Friday. The restaurant is WAY busier on the Friday!

I am not a charity and you do not donate to 5DollarFriday. My goal is to encourage you to support ANY charity you want. No bucket challenge, no donation per tweet, no walking, giveaways, dream homes, or anything else. Just a microdonation. Some pretty ridiculous words have been added to the dictionary the past few years (YOLO), so this year lets together push microdonation in there by DOING IT. Do I expect you to give up every lunch, or cup of coffee, or pint of beer? No way, you worked hard for your money. I am hoping every once in a while you decide to donate $5 instead of that purchase. I want you to join me in changing the world, one person at a time.

This movement doesn’t matter who you are, or how much money you make because it falls on the power of sharing the spirit….lets call it network marketing for charity, and none of your friends get a cut. If 100 followers or friends of yours on social media each donated a $5 microdonation to a charity THIS WEEK, that is $500. But what if you have 100000 followers? Imagine the impact of $500000 to charity. What if you are not on social media? You can tell your friends. You can tell your coworkers. Make posters, phone them, write them, tell them when you see them, that $5 can change the world.

Think about this….Remember when Ellen Degeneres ‘broke’ the internet? Now imagine if only 1% of her 55.8 MILLION Twitter followers donated $5 to ANY charity they wanted…..once. That is over $2.5 million to charity in ONE day! 

Spread the word. Let’s start talking about the power of 5 loonies or 5 $1 bills, 20 quarters, a fin: In my city, $5 will buy lunch for 5 kids; socks for a homeless person; toiletries for the working poor, or homeless; one and a half dinners for a homeless person; and gloves, underwear and toques for kids that live in shelters as examples. Yes, there are kids living in shelters. I would love to know what $5 will buy for your favourite charity. Ask them!

So today, and every Friday, I want you to think about that 3rd stein of beer you are drinking, or your Starbucks order, or having a cheaper item for lunch, and consider if you have $5 dollars to spare for a charity.

Can $5 make a difference? YES!

Together, we can change the world. We can BUILD SOMETHING TOGETHER. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter WHERE you live, or WHAT your favourite charity is. Donate your $5 wherever you want! And tell your friends!

You can comment on this blog, or @5dollarsfridays or Facebook.com/FiveDollarFriday to share the charity you support! Last week I offered to match the first 10 donations and only had one shared with me, so this week I will match the first 9 donations made!! What are YOU doing to change the world??

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A busy lunch crowd

Sometimes I am asked about the idea behind $5 Friday, and today confirmed it for me. I was out for lunch with a group of co-workers. I was in the same restaurant on Monday with a different group of people, and it was a ghost town. But today, Friday, it was packed.

Friday is the end of the week, and it is obviously a popular time for people to have lunch, a beer after work, or a night out. My group was fairly conservative with most meals in the $15 range, but there were definitely some $25 meals around us. On a day we learned that Calgary has climbed to an 8.4% unemployment rate, there were clearly a whole lot of people enjoying a meal out. Which is why I thought Friday was the perfect day to encourage people to donate $5.

You have the money for a beer, or lunch out, or those new shoes, so could you find $5 to donate to charity today? And because I really want this microdonation idea to grow, I want you to post where you donated $5 to either in the comments on this page, or on the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FiveDollarFriday/ and I will match the first TEN donations. YOU pick the charity, and make the donation….and then share the link for the rest of us to see so that others can donate as well.

 

 

 

 

Microdonation for $1 million Alex….

Last blog I referred to the power of $5, and what happens if you tell a few friends, who each tell a few friends and so on. But what about the theory that we are all separated by just 6 degrees of separation…..or even less. Who do you know? Who are you connected to?

Lets look at the power of celebrities a little bit more. Ellen Degeneres for example has 24 million followers on her Facebook page, and 55 million followers on Twitter. There are likely too many crossover followers to figure out, but it doesn’t really matter when you see that power even 100 people holds.

If each of my 1100 followers retweeted this blog to Ellen, a very small portion of her 55 million Twitter followers would see it, and they would possibly retweet. Ellen also has staff that are drawn to odd behaviour on social media, so at some point it might catch their attention. But what if only 10% of my followers were to tweet out the message about a #microdonation and #5DollarFriday, that means 110 people shared it. But if all 110 shared it directly with Ellen, and only .2% of her followers saw it, that is 1,100,000 people that can share the word. If only 10% of those people made a donation somewhere, that is an additional $550000 to charity that would not have otherwise been donated. In one week. And Ellen is one person, that happens to support 45 different charities. I bet every one of them would love a $5 donation.

The important thing to realize, is that $5 Dollar Friday IS NOT a charity. I do not want you to send me money, or send money to my favourite charity. And this is why it can be so big to celebrities or those with large number of followers. But it can be equally big to those those do not. Even charities themselves can join the microdonation movement. 

Learn about charities where YOU live. That impact your life, or your neighbours life. Or your friends life. Or that simply makes a difference in your community. Like I said last week, no bucket challenge. No luge race. No walk. This is so much easier.

I am not asking you to give up food on your table to help someone else. I am asking you to change how you think. You don’t need a tax receipt for the 3 coffee you are buying today, so why not buy 2 coffees and donate $5 to a charity? Why not have a a cheaper menu item at lunch and kick the extra $5 to charity?

Lets do this together. Lets change the world. Five dollars at a time.