I intend to devote much of my life to service or philanthropy and I’m very interested in and inspired by so many nonprofits that are out there. While reading Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time (Katrina Fried, Paul Mobley), I’ve been that much more excited to get involved. I was also motivated to spread the word. So, without further ado, I would like to introduce the first nonprofit I’ve been especially inspired by: DoSomething.org!
Founded by: Andrew Shue and Michael Sanchez
Description: (From the website) “DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. One of the largest orgs for young people and social change, our 2.5 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere.*mic drop”
Basically, this nonprofit organization is actually a .org meant for spreading awareness of issues, providing a bridge between problems and problem-solvers, and motivating young people to make a difference in the world.
How it works: You can browse the site for movements, organizations, and opportunities that pique your interest and find out how YOU can do something. It’s possible you want to look for a certain cause to support (such as Animals, Education, or Health), or maybe you only have a certain amount of time to give (from an hour or less to 5+ hours), or perhaps you have a preference for what it is you’d rather do (like donating, improving, making, or starting something) – you can do whatever you want, as long as you do something!
My final thoughts: I really thought this would be a fitting first nonprofit to profile, in the spirit of spreading the word and motivating people to be active in their community or in society as a whole. I love the idea, I’m so glad “2.5 million young people” are a part of this online community of doers, and I really hope you take part, as well! (I even mentioned it in my recent Favorites post!)
Thank you for reading! I invite you to join the conversation and tell me about some of your favorite nonprofits in the comments – maybe I’ll include it in a future profile!