When one thinks of philanthropy and philanthropists, people like Dangote, Otedola and Adenuga come to mind but philanthropy is not only for the ultra-rich.
The idea that 'giving' means you must be rich stems from the stories that typically get told, but time and again, the ripple effects of small donations do go a long way especially if its leveraged on crowdsourcing.
Crowdsourcing is the practice of engaging a 'crowd' or group for a common goal — often for problem solving reasons.
One prime example of the power of crowdfunding was when a fund was set up to complete the base of the Statue of Liberty. In the summer of 1885 (136 years ago), Construction of the statue's pedestal stalled due to a lack of financing. Recognizing the social and symbolic significance of the statue, publisher Joseph Pulitzer came to the rescue by launching a five-month fundraising campaign in his newspaper 'The World'. The paper solicited contributions by publishing articles that appealed to the emotions of New Yorkers.
Donations of all sizes poured in and the campaign raised over $100,000 allowing Americans complete the statue of liberty. The feat was achieved with the help of more than 120,000 donors — most of whom donated $1 or less.
Likewise, your generosity of $1 is what we need to help save Joyce’s eyes. That same $1 donations that trickled in until it culminated in $100,000 is what we need to save Joyce’s eyes. $1 is equal to N500 today and that is all we need.
Please help save Joyce's eyes. She is a 25-year-old Nurse and suffers from a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes called proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). She needs 27 Million Naira for retinal surgery and your generous contribution would go a long way to save her eyes.
kindly make a modest donation of N500 ($1) to Akinsanmi Joyce Stanbic IBTC Bank (0032920508). Encourage friends, colleagues, and family to do the same; you would be making a much bigger impact than you realize.
Every penny count, Small donations add up, NO contribution is too small. It is not the size of the contribution that matters; what matters is the outcome your giving produces and the difference you make when you contribute to a just cause.
John Bunyan once said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Little drops of water, Little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean and the beauteous land. May God bless you as you help save Joyce’s eyes.
Jude Chiedu writes for Nursingworld