Waggener Edstrom Worldwide is thrilled to kick off its second giving campaign — Good Deeds — with Jolkona, a Seattle-based nonprofit that uses technology to facilitate low-cost, high-impact giving to social causes. As a corporate sponsor, WE will match up to $5,000 of individual donors’ contributions to projects showcased on the Jolkona website October 10 – 24, 2011. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for Jolkona throughout the campaign.
Jolkona empowers donors to support any of the 100+ different projects its nonprofit partners are implementing today across the globe. For instance, donors might choose to support orphans in Kenya, plant trees in Cameroon, give technology and life skills to homeless women in the United States, build hygienic toilets in rural India, feed a hungry family in Nicaragua, or give scholarships to Afghan refugees. WE is partnering with Jolkona on this campaign to support these meaningful projects and to demonstrate how impactful every gift can be, no matter how large or small.
Good Deeds is not limited to WE employees. WE will match all donations made to Jolkona projects dollar-for-dollar during the campaign. Plus, this year @WE_Citizen will award several $25 spot donations to Jolkona on behalf of people who tweet about their gift using the #WEGoodDeeds hashtag on Twitter, so remember to tell your social network about your donation!
Why Good Deeds The philosophy that all giving matters is the spirit of Jolkona’s mission. Jolkona recognizes that people don’t have to be wealthy or have an unlimited amount of time to volunteer to make an impact; even small doses of passion turned to action make a difference. Or, as we like to think about it, the impact is YOU.
Jolkona’s message of empowering individuals to make an impact is a big reason why WE has deepened its partnership with the organization over the past year. In addition to sponsoring Good Deeds, last year WE sponsored the MatchED giving campaign, during which time WE raised $10,000 for Jolkona by matching contributions to education-related projects on its website. A few examples of Jolkona programs that benefitted from funds raised include tutoring provided to students in Guatemala, books supplied to schools in Tibet, scholarships in Zambia, and technology tools provided to U.S. schools. In addition, this summer WE facilitated an ideation session with Jolkona leaders, and this fall WE is organizing volunteering opportunities for agency employees with Seattle-based nonprofit organizations that Jolkona supports.
We hope you’ll consider doing a good today. Let the giving begin!