It Doesn’t Take a Lot to Make a Difference

To me, small scale donors are the people who want to give back and make a difference, but might not necessarily have large funds or amounts of time.

I’m someone who has always enjoyed giving back through volunteering. Ever since I was young, I would find ways to give back which was always done through volunteering because I never had a lot of money to donate. Until recently, I didn’t know a whole lot about micro-financing or micro-donation. Until recently, I fell into the trap that so many people at this life-stage fall into – graduate college, find a job, and get so caught up in supporting themselves for the first time and making a career for themselves that they forget to give back or simply don’t have the time. With student loans looming over our heads, and with something to prove, we pour our heart and soul into our jobs. I say “we” because I know quite a few people who have been in the same boat, but I suppose I can only speak on behalf of myself. For those of us with limited funds and time, micro-donation seems to be the perfect answer.
To me, small scale donors are the young kids who from a very early age have an innate desire to help those around them, and will do whatever necessary to fill that desire.

Before I knew that there was a micro-donation “movement” (if I can call it that), I would hear stories of young kids finding a cause and either holding birthday parties and asking for donations instead of gifts, or going around and asking neighbors for money to send to ‘Cause X’. To me, it’s not only that these young kids are incredibly inspiring for us grown people, but that they’re changing the view of donation and giving for those around them. Imagine if all your friends growing up had parties for causes, instead of parties for gifts.

To me, small scale donors are the people who realize when they might have more than they need, and that it doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to make a huge difference.

I was fortunate to grow up in an affluent area, where most kids got what they wanted and then some. They would get angry when they didn’t get a new car for their 16th birthday, or if they had to support themselves with a job through high school. Even though they had incredible opportunities to share what they had, most didn’t take advantage. Sadly, those people probably haven’t changed a whole lot. I think that the need to give is something that we’re either born with, or grow up around. When we’re young, learning that even if you only have a little bit to give it is still good to give anyway, we build a foundation of who we’ll be in the future. I only wish I could follow the lives of the young children, who find ways to go above and beyond to give back, to see what incredible things they end up doing.

Small scale donation really is the backbone of philanthropy.

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This post is part of a blog series inspired by World Give Day and hosted by GiveForward and Jolkona. To find other posts in this series please visit www.worldgiveday.com or follow the hashtag #giveday.

One Comment


  1. May 4, 2011
    12:21 am

    Laura Kimball

    “When we’re young, learning that even if you only have a little bit to give it is still good to give anyway, we build a foundation of who we’ll be in the future. I only wish I could follow the lives of the young children, who find ways to go above and beyond to give back, to see what incredible things they end up doing.”

    I love that sentiment, Melissa. I’m curious about that idea with every donation that gets made through Jolkona – I wonder how will this empower that individual to do something they may not have had the opportunity to do otherwise?

    Great post.

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