superdumb supervillain: Pay It Forward with GiveBack

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pay It Forward with GiveBack

GiveBack is a web platform that makes philanthropy quick and painless, allowing you to set up your own personal "Foundation" and distribute funds to multiple charities that you choose yourself. You can donate money directly via credit card or by shopping online with GiveBack merchant partners, who will donate up to 15% of sales back to your Foundation. You can also get opportunities to earn more for your Foundation by participating in the GiveBack community and inspiring other members and sponsors.

GiveBack lets you do all your giving in one place, divvied up among your favorite charities. There is no charge for individual donors or to organizations who benefit- 100% of donations go directly to the charities, with costs covered by sponsors. In the near future, you will be able to create and manage fundraising campaigns online at GiveBack for your own local charities, too. Since my philanthropical bent runs toward literacy and animal safety initiatives, my Foundation includes the National Center for Family Literacy and the Kansas Humane Society, as well as the Junior League of Wichita and Roo's school. Any charity registered with the IRS is eligible. (GiveBack is currently available only to US organizations because of this.)

GiveBack was founded by Stephen Paletta, who was the winner of Oprah’s Big Give in 2008. Stephen won a million dollars to start a foundation to make a difference in the world and he wanted to share that experience with others by empowering them to start their own foundations to help support the causes they believe in, even with little or no opening investment.

Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that this post was written as part of a One2One Network campaign. I have not been compensated for this post, but I will be eligible to win prizes for sharing my thoughts about GiveBack, which are entirely my own.

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