Generosity Day is here!!!
We announced it on Friday, and it’s spread like wildfire over the weekend (1,000+ tweets, expecting 30-40 blog posts today at a minimum…for example on FastCompany, ABC News, Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog, Malaria No More, Beth Kanter’s blog, New York Public Library).
Our hunch was spot on: people are hungering for something more in their lives – more connection and more meaning.
When I put up my post on Friday, I was hoping this idea would spread. It has.
But that’s not good enough. Now I have a much bigger aspiration. We need people to ACT. Thousands of actions. Millions of actions. Tweeting ain’t enough.
So please, today, continue to spread the word AND to celebrate Generosity Day through your actions. It’s a day of practicing saying YES, because doing so will change you and change those around you.
Give to people on the street. Tip outrageously. Help a stranger. Write a note telling someone how much you appreciate them. Smile. Donate (more) to a cause that means a lot to you. Take clothes to GoodWill. Share your toys (grownups and kids). Be patient with yourself and with others. Replace the toilet paper in the bathroom. All generous acts count!
As you act generously, and as you witness acts of generosity, please keep folks updated using the #generosityday hashtag or post on www.facebook.com/generosityday
I just celebrated #generosityday by tipping my waiter 50%! Reboot Valentine’s Day by being generous! http://bit.ly/fJASGV
I’m commemorating #generosityday by volunteering for @pencilsofpromis! Share your stories on www.facebook.com/generosityday
Just watched someone smile and shrug after being splashed by a car driving by. It must be #generosityday
Happy Generosity Day, and here’s to the start of a new tradition!!!
(A HUGE thank you to all the people who have made this happen, especially Scott Case at Malaria No More for (inadvertently?) pulling together me, Katya Andresen and Ellen McGirt on a panel for Social Media Week, and to Katya and Ellen for their encouragement to do this now.)
Thank you to all the folks who have jumped in to spread the word, including:
Katya Andresen’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog, Ellen McGirt at FastCompany, Malaria No More, ABC News, the New York Public Library, Jennifer McCrea’s Exponential Fundraising Blog, The Marketoonist, Lucy Bernholz (Philanthropy 2173), Sharon Schneider (The Philanthropic Family), TBD, the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, Hyderabad Happiness, Jocelyn Wyatt, Idea Transplant, New Frontier, Getting Attention Nonprofit Marketing Blog, Keoghzer’s Blog, Frugaltopia…