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 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv4grLDA2Yw&feature=youtu.be
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 [email protected]. Charities can email [email protected] 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.
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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