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7 Ways to Start Some Good this Holiday Season

December 20, 2013

Originally published on Catapult News.

7. Say ‘Thank You!” Our community raised 86% more on Giving Tuesday than in the entire month of December 2012. That’s a big difference—and an even bigger impact. We thanked them the best way we knew how: with a meme.

Catapult Thank You!

6. Create educational opportunities. Earlier this year, the Catapult community helped GirlUp provide 35 secondary-school scholarships to Somali girls living in refugee camps in Ethiopia. After that initial success,we teamed up again – this time for girls in Guatemala. With your support (and matching from Johnson & Johnson), we can give Guatemalan girls access to education and the support to develop their leadership skills.

Girl Up Guatemala

5. Team up with your friends, family, and followers.  On Giving Tuesday, professional gamer and co-founder of Gaming for Good, Athene, started a team on Catapult. They hit their fundraising goal in less than five hours. Even better, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matched the donations for that project and raised the total to more than $31k. That’s teamwork! Start a team on Catapult today.

Join a Catapult Team!

4. Explore. Dream. Discover. Back in 2005, a group of seven youth became increasingly concerned at the increase in harassment around them. Around the same time, Thao Nguyen stood up to her harasser on a New York City subway and snapped his photo to send to the police. Her story went viral and that group of seven used her model to start Hollaback. Hollaback grew from an idea into the global movement it is today. Your idea or goal can be simple and untested—just make sure to get it off the ground before you decide not to try.

Explore, Dream, Discover

3.  Give homeless girls the chance to succeed. Homelessness is a particularly vulnerable time in a child’s life, and most homeless shelters have no program or services for children. We’re working withGlobal Fund for Children to provide young girls—ages 12 to 18—with one-on-one attention, healthy snacks, and educational activities. For every dollar you donate to this project, Johnson & Johnson will donate the same amount.

Global Fund for Children on Catapult

2. Throw your New Year’s Resolutions out the window. Catapult’s Senior Digital Strategist, Tyler LePard, shares how you can start 2014 in the ‘rights’ direction. (No resolution required, just a desire to do some good.) Check out her piece on The Huffington Post and join us to start some good.

1. Give the gift that gives back.  There are some gifts that will always be better than every other gift on your list—hugs (best gift ever), Beyonce’s latest album (!), or a Catapult gift card*. Catapult gift cards in particular are a great way to share the joy of funding real solutions for girls and women. You can add any amount to the card and email or print it out for anyone on your list—easy, thoughtful, and awesome.

Catapult Gift Cards


 
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