Please Give Just $1 For The Charities That You Help To Choose


As writers, we know that part of good stewardship is sharing information, but even the most intelligent among us can not make change without DOING something.

So The Good Human & Twilight Earth, along with The Grass Stain Guru, Lighter Footstep, My Green Side, The Smart Mama, A Little Greener Every Day, Fake Plastic Fish, Allies Answers, and Natural Papa have teamed up to carry our message with one united strong voice. The message is that there are great organizations out there which are suffering in this economic downturn through decreased donations…and they need our help! So we have decided to give you, our readers, a voice and a choice. We have decided to take on a very simple fundraising mission, and we are asking you to donate just $1.00.

A single dollar; that’s all.

Who cannot afford a buck even in these times? We know you can spare a dollar to help out our fellow humans!

But how do we all decide which charities to give 100% of all monies raised to?

Well, we are going to put it to a vote and let you guys decide. The 10 websites participating have chosen 5 charities for all donors to vote for, and we are going to let you guys choose which two of them will receive the all monies donated.

Our purpose in doing this is three-fold

  • It gives YOU a voice. As loyal readers and stewards of our environment, we want to offer you the opportunity to make a difference without breaking the bank.
  • It gives the two charities with the most votes some much appreciated funds to continue their mission
  • It allows all of us an opportunity to connect as a community of like-minded people working for the common good of ourselves, our families and our planet.

If the community of folks who care about our planet cannot come together to rise up to a challenge, who will? That is why we are asking you for a $1 donation. While $1 may seem insignificant all by itself, by pooling our resources together we really can make a difference in these tough economic times. $1 is less than the price of a candy bar and can usually be found under the seat cushions of your couch. Won’t you help 2 of these charities with your $1 donation? (Now, if you want to give more, please – feel free. We won’t stop you! And by all means, send this to everyone you know so we can raise even more!)

Below you will find a poll and a Paypal donation link asking you to choose which of the 5 charities your favorite is. We ask that you please donate a dollar to the charity pool if you are going to vote, and know that even if your absolute favorite does not finish first or second, all the money donated will be going to worthwhile causes. If everyone we know who reads our sites, our Twitter feeds, our Facebook sites, etc. donates just $1, imagine the impact we can have as a group. And please, spread the word!

[Poll and donation link removed – Fundraiser is over – Thanks for participating!]

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite and to donate just a single dollar to these charities. Times are tough and our collective might can really help them out. The results will be tallied two weeks from today, and we will write another article detailing the amounts and the two charities who garnered the most votes and will be receiving the money collected.

It’s only $1, so please donate!

Image:iChaz at Flickr under CC license

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

14 thoughts on “Please Give Just $1 For The Charities That You Help To Choose

  • Thanks so much for including Healthy Child! This is a great idea and was such a pleasant surprise to wake up to this morning. Every little bit really does help.

    Keep on being so awesome, Derek!

  • It’s wonderful being a part of such a great group of people trying to make a difference! Here’s hoping we raise tons of money for some awesome charities!

  • Thanks! We’re honored to be included on this list and continually impressed by the zeal of your work. With this kind of collective action, we just might make it all happen one of these days 🙂

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  • Found this thru a Stumble shout and will pass it on and do the same as I hope you do. Since you have a Google Friend Connect gadget here I joined and will shout this to my Tweeps and GFC friends. Hope you all do the same.

    • Chris –

      Thank you for posting about our efforts and for sharing it with your friends!


  • Got here via Chris Langs recommendation. Donated and will blog about it too. I guess every dollar counts 🙂

    • Nishadha –

      Thank you for your post and for contributing!


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  • This is a great way to help people who are less fortunate than we are. I am picking the Water for People group today to contribute to. As one of the videos on their site says, “water is life”.

    I posted about this on my blog and hope that more people will find this blog and donate.

    Please keep us informed as to the positive results.

    • Rocque –

      Thanks for the post and for contributing! We’ll post the results after the fundraiser is over (it’s open-ended at this point).


  • We take so much for granted in this world. When you think that this planet is mostly water, and our bodies are mostly water, and we just do not even think about the fact that water should be in abundance, it is a real shock and wake up call when you realize it is not so.

    When we are given so much we sometimes become immune to the pain and suffering people face daily. This is why it is important for people to pick a cause and to share it.

    We often need a wake up call. Why buy that fancy coffee drink for a day, or a month when you can turn that into a small donation to help others who just want some water.

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