Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress
With our Push for Good series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities for the GOOD community to get behind. Now we are also shining a light on crowd-doing opportunities—so you can join others in working towards the greater good with actions as well as donations. Here's our weekly round-up of our favorite members' projects from the crowdsourced world.
Although the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down recently, that doesn't mean all states allow gay marriage. GOOD member Marion Leary, founder of Commonwealth Equality in Pennsylvania, is now crowdsourcing photos to defend marriage equality in her state. Participate, and start your own campaign if your state hasn't legalized gay marriage yet. Learn more from Leary about how she formed the campaign. Click here to say you'll do it.
This week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, in which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech," discussing jobs and freedom for people of color. Test your knowledge about this historical event, so that you can understand why it's still relevant, and how you can be a part of the collective change that needs to happen. After you take the test, learn more from educator Bill Fletcher Jr.
GOOD member Jane Marx is hoping to cover start-up costs for a coffee shop that will provide paid training and the chance to acquire barista and hospitality skills to Melbourne's refugee community. Your votes could help her do that. Learn more here.
It's the beginning of a new school year and Reddit wants to be a part of it. Sign up to donate supplies to teachers by Tuesday, September 3; or, if you're a teacher, sign up to stock up on paper, pencils, notebooks, etc.
The People’s Community Market (PCM) wants to be a sustainable solution for the food desert communities in West Oakland, California. They will offer the city nutritious foods, plus a venue for health screenings, food educational programs, and other community activities. And to fund their project, the founders are offering any California resident the opportunity to be a Founding Shareholder, which means he or she will earn three percent annual interest and a one percent store credit. Learn more here.
Jean-Michel Costeau's Ocean Futures Society helps protect the world's oceans and through Matching Donations, you can get your donation matched by musician Jack Johnson. Learn more from Matching Donation's founder and GOOD member, David deSouza.
Successful Projects We Featured That Got Funded in the Last Few Weeks:
- A More Welcoming Playground for Lancaster, Pennsylvania —raised more than $30,000
- Photo Series and Film About Demystifying Mental Illness— raised $6,759
- Documentary About How People Pursue Happiness— raised $52,644
Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
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