Today is my birthday. I know what you’re thinking. Wow, you were born on National Lighthouse Day? How cool is that! Believe it or not, I thought there was something even cooler about it.
There’s a trend to use birthdays as fundraisers for your cause. Razoo is leading the way in this. For many adults like me, birthdays have become the day when your Facebook timeline is getting new messages every few minutes. Most of those people wouldn’t be giving you a gift at all, but as I learned today, they would be willing to make a small donation to a non-profit in your name.
Since my wife and I recently moved to Maryland, a cause dear to my heart this year is marriage equality in Maryland. So I decided to donate my birthday to Marylanders for Marriage Equality. They saw that I had linked to their donation page and contacted me through Facebook asking if I’d like an individual fundraising page. I wrote some quick copy and it was live less than an hour later.
I’ve gotten 3 contributions so far and each one of those donors shared the page on their Facebook too. Birthday fundraising pages are a quick and easy way to make the ask so start thinking about where you want to donate your birthday.
Note: This post was co-written with the cat I adopted from the Washington Animal Rescue League last week. All credit is shared with Nemo Prager.