Skip1 and Simple Cause Giving

Skip1 Logo If you want to see a simple cause effort execution, check out Skip1.org. The mission is simple: skip something and donate the money to the cause instead. So, forget that $35.00 lunch downtown and send it to feed an entire village. Easy, right?

The site, Skip1.org is set up to allow people to build a profile and do repeat giving. For those of you who like challenges and game mechanics, there’s a leaderboard to see where your skipping stacks up. (That might not be for everyone, but lots of people are motivated by competitions, so I can see it working for them.)

Founder Shelene Bryan and I met a few months back in Orange County, CA, at the Brandtailers event put on by Cheril Hendry (who is helping with Skip1 as well), and we had a great conversation about how the cause intends to move things forward. Instead of telling you, however, I thought I’d use their own video to show you. If you can’t see the video, click here.

Now, if that works for you, and if it makes sense, let’s do two things next.

  1. Go to Skip1.org, make an account, and skip something.
  2. Tell your friends on Twitter, Facebook, your blogs, wherever, and let’s really spread the cause out there.

Fair? Let’s skip something.

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  • http://www.lifenotion.com Derek Jensen

    skip1.org is a great way to notice that you can give up certain things and donate that money to help out children in need. The only problem for me is that I am skipping certain things because I need to cut back on my finances.
    So, as soon as I get my finances up to par I will be more than happy to skip for these children.
    I actually wrote an article about skip1.org (along with InvisiblePeople) on my blog after I watched a video from Chris's Overnight Success series.

    http://www.lifenotion.com/2009/11/feeding-child

  • Bob

    If you really want to do some good check out paulpolak.com

    Giving out a free snack once in a while does deal with the problem of getting people out of poverty by helping them earn alittle more money or grow their own food – free handouts have proven not to work but are useful post disaster eg flood/hurricane.

  • bob

    sorry I meant “doesnt” in the last post ….

    http://www.paulpolak.com

  • http://www.joshchandlerblog.com Josh Chandler

    Chris,

    How could you ask such a thing as “if it makes sense?” in your blog post :). I hope loads of people get behind this initiative. I feel very aware that I don't pay a lot of attention towards these types of initiatives sometimes and yet I feel compelled towards helping where I can in every day life :).

    Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention :). Best of luck to those at Skip1 with their cause :)

  • http://www.brandtailers.com Cheril Hendry

    Chris you rock! In Haiti, I saw for myself how little it takes to feed a child. I also saw things that I can't describe. But they can get better. Your effort to spread the simple message of Skip1 goes way beyond day-to-day business. You get it. We all see it. Kids are getting fed right now thanks to this one simple blog post. (BTW Drew, Shelene, Blake and the gang rock too!)

  • http://www.brandtailers.com Cheril Hendry

    Derek, when money isn't there, the power of spreading the word makes up for it ten-fold. SO you helped a ton. Thanks for the post you wrote. Skip1 is close to my heart, and I am in awe of InvisiblePeople. Keep up the good work.

  • katgordon

    Great idea! I just donated. Reminds me of ModestNeeds.org. This is where social media really shines. When communities of people band together and make small waves with big ripples.

  • http://kennedykm.wordpress.com/ Katie Kennedy

    I think this is a wonderful use of social media and an all around great idea. I think that what Skip1 needs to do to really make this initiative known is to make a video with more viral potential. As a public relations student, I can see Skip1 really taking off with the right PR help from some interns looking to get some non-profit experience.

    Chris, thank you for creating some awareness for this great cause!

  • eileenpaulin

    Chris,
    One thousand thank you's for this. You are harnessing your power to make a signifiant difference in the lives of so many.

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  • http://www.avenue3re.com Lois Ardito

    Thanks Chris for doing the hard work for me once again. I've been mentioning Skip.1 lately since my first introduction to it by you, but I never feel that I nail it when trying to articulate to others. You just did it and now I'll pass this along.

    Lois

  • http://therexblog.com/ Rex Williams

    This is a great idea, everyone should do it.

    But it's not new. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) have been doing it for many years. The first Sunday of every month they do a 24 hour fast, and donate the money they would have spent on food. It's called a “Fast Offering”. Then that money is used to help those in need in the local congregations and for humanitarian needs around the world.

  • http://www.wrightplacetv.com/ Dr Wright

    thats a great idea! I will check it out.

    Dr. Wright
    http://www.wrightplacetv.com

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  • Anonymous

    I think that’s a great idea, however, being able to help is a fantastic opportunity. I was fortunate to help in a Mayan village in Belize with a group of nurses from OC, California.