I might be in the minority here, but I don’t mind Valentine’s Day. Whether I’m celebrating solo, with a partner, or with a group of friends at a bar, I’m appreciative of the excuse to have a novelty cocktail and the national reminder to say “I love you” to Mom and Dad.
Since I declared my Giving Pledge - to donate to at least one nonprofit each month - I’ve blogged about whom I’ve donated to and why. My goal was for my husband and I to give to more organizations and feel better about our philanthropic efforts at the end of the year.
It’s December and the mad rush for giving gifts, cheer, and donations is here again. It’s also the perfect time for nonprofits, fundraisers, and crowdfunders to raise money. Here at Piggybackr, we are busy teaching the next generation of young makers, doers, and philanthropists how to take their candy bar and bake sale fundraisers to the next level, by learning how to raise money online.
He roams the globe with a camera and a fat wallet. He's been known to brighten the day of Italian opticians, South African 7-Eleven clerks, and Mumbai cabbies. Wearelucky is the project of a mysterious man who recently came into "more money than he'll ever need," and instead of blowing it on a Virgin Galactic spaceflight has decided to pass it along to strangers. He signs email simply "X" and his generosity comes with a deceptively simple catch: with the money, they have to do something good. They also have to pose for his camera. "I didn't just want to share the money" he says. "I wanted to share the responsibility that came with it. I would take a few photos, ask a few questions and build a gallery of Lucky people and stories." We've collected some of our favorite images above and the mystery man talked with us about "maximizing smiles" and why so many of his lucky people are plucked from bar stools.
GOOD: The site leaves the visitor with a lot of unanswered questions about you. Do you want to remain anonymous? What can you tell us about yourself?