Groundbreaking global giving event uses the power of personal networks
to "connect for good" and benefit hundreds of charities worldwide
VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, "Everyone Gives", a
revolutionary, eight-day, global giving campaign founded by Colliers
International, one of the world's largest commercial real estate firms,
launches in more than 60 countries around the world. Everyone Gives
promises to be the most extensive and inclusive global giving event
ever attempted. Participants make a small donation to a charity of
their choice through the Everyone Gives website at www.everyonegives.org, and then use their social networks to invite friends, co-workers,
clients and family to give.
"We're very excited to embark on this campaign that's the first of its
kind," said David Bowden, CEO of Colliers International in Canada.
"Social media has literally changed the way we communicate, relate, and
conduct daily business and activities. Everyone Gives taps into the
power of this medium to allow people to incite their networks to give -
exponentially - to causes they care about. "
Participants make a small donation - such as $5 - to a charity that's
important to them, tell five friends and ask those friends to each tell
five more. "I think of it as a giving tree," explained Doug Frye,
President and CEO of Colliers International. "One donation becomes
five, five becomes 25 and 25 can become hundreds. And you can track
your giving tree and your friends' giving trees on the Everyone Gives website." Frye further elaborates on Everyone Gives in the following
Everyone Gives grew from a seed planted by the leaders at Colliers
International. The idea germinated and grew through collaboration with
other like-minded organizations seeking to create sustainable good.
Hundreds of charitable organizations joined Everyone Gives in advance
of the February 22 launch including Tony Blair's Faith Foundation. "I
am delighted that the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is part of the first
ever Everyone Gives campaign," said Mr. Blair. "With Everyone Gives,
donors to the Faith Foundation will find making their donation easy,
and will be supporting our work connecting high school students in the
US with their peers from different cultures and faith traditions
globally, in the spirit of respect, understanding and joint learning.
Donors using Everyone Gives can also contribute to our anti-malaria
project in Sierra Leone, which aims to have a major impact in reducing
deaths from this preventable disease. It's not about how much you
donate. It's about making a difference by engaging as many people as
possible in the act of giving. While none of us can solve the world's
challenges on our own, Everyone Gives helps us see how much we can do
when we all work together."
Everyone Gives is active in more than 60 countries, benefiting hundreds
of local and international non-profit organizations. 100% of each
donation goes directly to the charity a participant selects. If
participants are passionate about a particular charity not currently
listed on the Everyone Gives website, they can submit this charity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Charities can email email@example.com to add themselves to the website, as well as visit the Everyone Gives Media Center at https://colliers.onehub.com/everyonegives/pages/media-center for media-related information and materials.
Those interested can register on the Everyone Gives website or follow the event on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for updates.
ABOUT EVERYONE GIVES:
Everyone Gives is the world's Social Giving campaign. Launched on
February 22, 2012, the eight-day event empowers givers to support the
causes they care about and multiply their gift through the power of
personal networks. Everyone Gives is active in more than 60 countries
and is partnered with hundreds of charities and businesses. Follow
Everyone Gives on www.everyonegives.org, www.facebook.com/EveryoneGives, www.twitter.com/EveryoneGives and http://tinyurl.com/EveryoneGives (LinkedIn).
ABOUT TONY BLAIR FOUNDATION
In an increasingly globalized world, religion is at the very core of
life for billions of people and it cannot be ignored. The Tony Blair
Faith Foundation US aims to promote respect and understanding between
the major religions. We empower, support and train young people in over
100 countries to take multi-faith action to eliminate deaths from
malaria, providing them with a positive alternative to those who try to
use faith as a means to divide. We provide emerging and current leaders
with the education and analysis to understand the role of religion in
the modern world and we break down barriers between young people of all
faiths and none by using new technology to connect them. www.tonyblairfaithfoundationus.org
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