NOTE: This post was originally posted by Crystal Southgate on SeattleIMO.
There is a reason why you are reading this right now. You need to hear three reasons why you are going to buy a ticket to support the next Team Up For NonProfits event: Gigs4Good #11.
You should buy a ticket to the 4/12 Gigs4Good featuring Ivan and Alyosha …
#1: Because you don’t have to be rich to be PHILANTHROPIC
The biggest misconception with philanthropy is that it is for really old, really rich people. This is not true. There is a new generation of giving that has evolved and it includes YOU. With the enormous transformation of social media, we have been able to build world-wide communities that can support and build nonprofits across the globe. There is no stopping the amount of giving. It is not about donating a large, undisclosed amount of money – it is about becoming an advocate. Yes, you can donate to your local charity when you are in line at the grocers or perhaps spend a five on Girl Scout sweets and be considered philanthropic.
If you picked ONE nonprofit, let’s say at 21 years of age, and donated $5 a month until you were 40 years of age, you will have given OVER $1,140 to this cause.
If you picked ONE nonprofit, let’s say at 21 years of age, and donated 5 HOURS a month until you were 40 years of age, you will have given OVER 1,140 hours to this cause.
It is not about large checks, as you can see. It is about being a part of something, being involved in a community that gives beyond itself. You can give beyond your own means on a Top Ramon budget, if you consider this way of living.
To start, “Like” a local nonprofit on Facebook, reTweet them on Twitter or show up at an event here or there to volunteer. Realizing that YOU do make a difference, and that your one click spans the globe, can bring our generation to a point where giving is not an option, it’s not just a habit, it’s a lifestyle. So find things you want to improve about your community, join their cause and in the next 20 years, you will have made an impact that is invaluable.
#2: Because you like supporting SEATTLE Works
Your ticket purchase to this particular event supports a local nonprofit called Seattle Works. The organization connects volunteers, develops emerging leaders and inspires dialogue. Funds raised through this Gigs4Good benefit will support ‘Seattle Works Day’, an event that engages over a thousand volunteers in one day to dig in at parks, schools and community spaces all over the city. Groups of coworkers, friends, professional groups, social organizations and the like, join together for an amazing day of teambuilding and community impact.
This year on May 19th, they plan on having up to 1,300 people participate for Seattle Works Day. In 2011, they had 1,154 individuals engaged in community service all in ONE day – which is over 4,000 hours of combined service!
#3: Because buying and listening to local MUSIC is a good thing
At this edition of Gigs4Good you will hear THREE local, up and coming Seattle bands sing their hearts out at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown. The night will begin with 27 year old Kevin Long from Spokane, WA who has been playing guitar since early grade school and sings it like he means it. After sweet tunes by Kevin, Yuni In Taxco will jam out as they have for KEXP, Bumbershoot or the Capitol Hill Block Party – keeping it real with surf pop rock. For the final act, the Indie Folk band Ivan and Alyosha will take the stage. As previous openers for Brandi Carlile and a recent hit on NPR, the band is headed for a bright future in music.
All these local bands have spent hours sharing their passion on stage and have chosen to use their talents in support of Seattle Works and Team Up For Nonprofits, to give you a night of good music for a good cause. Visit Brown Paper Tickets if you would like to attend the event. I will be there giving away free hugs and tweeting #Gigs4Good all night long!
CONNECT for a CAUSE:
Follow the event using #Gigs4Good on Twitter
RSVP to Facebook Event
Team Up For Nonprofits on Facebook
Seattle Works on Facebook