Discovering Worthwhile Causes at a Click

by Bob Hughes on May 13, 2016

Bob Hughes · Small Actions · May 13, 2016

Pendulum in Action, small actions, technological savvyIf you ever find yourself losing hope about where we’re headed – as a race, as a country – then turn to Indiegogo and look for some of the most heavily funded campaigns that are going on. You’ll be inspired by the generosity and the inventiveness of people who simply want to make the world a better place.

Indiegogo, as you probably know, is a crowdfunding site. Its most famous campaigns have included one to send a harassed bus monitor on a vacation (she had been subjected to abuse by thoughtless high-school punks who mocked her with the cruelty of youth – the campaign raised a quarter of a million dollars for her!). Another campaign to fund the development of an electric bike raised just over $6 million!

One that has struck me is “Geeks Doing Good,” organized by Worldbuilders, which was formed to raise money for its founder’s favorite charity, Heifer [link to: http://www.heifer.org/about-heifer/index.html].

Heifer empowers families by linking communities and bringing sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.

This campaign raised over $200,000 (its goal had been $10,000). After reading about it you’d be tempted to take a small action toward supporting such a worthy cause too.

That’s the joy – and the frustration – of Indiegogo: There are so many interesting, worthwhile and community-minded projects, you can’t find them all. But even a little bit goes a long way.

Take a look at this video, with Food Network star Alton Brown explaining why Heifer is such a terrific charity to support:

And as you browse Indiegogo you’ll be more than tempted, I’m sure, to take a small action on behalf of someone’s creativity, philanthropy or technological savvy.

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