The “Instead” app- Making daily decisions for the greater good

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My good buddy Micah Davis just released an amazing tool that encourages philanthropy everyday.  The “Instead” app is a micro-donation app for non-profits that encourages people to live below their means in order to give to their favorite non-profit!  “Instead” of buying that Carmel Apple Spice at Starbucks today for $5, I think I’ll donate it to help needy families traveling to Tulsa for a medical emergency through The Hospitality House of Tulsa.  Thanks, Micah!  The “Instead” app is available now in iTunes, and will be available for Android users by February of 2012. Check it out and spread the word!

Flipping & Faith for Bright Futures! – Aim High Academy

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We met Jennifer Patterson, the founder of Aim High Academy, several years ago and absolutely loved her idea to bring change in her community through gymnastics. Aim High Academy is a non-profit gymnastics program that is now serving more than 150 urban children in at-risk communities Tulsa! Aim High seeks to provide flipping and faith to bring a bright future for the children in its programs. Help them win a Pepsi Refreshing Ideas grant so they can bring an US Olympian to Tulsa to inspire the children in her group. http://www.refresheverything.com/aimhigh You can vote every day! Find out more about Aim High Academy at http://aimhighgym.org.

YDI gets it!

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Cause Junkie is all about nonprofits that achieve measurable outcomes. So when we heard about Youth Development Initiatives and their ‘outcome-oriented program designs based on research and on well-recognized best practices’, we had to give a big shout out to Darryl Bego and the entire YDI team. Why?  YDI understands that a good cause is not enough. Results that matter are what donors want to support. YDI’s mission is to serve at-risk youth and youth-serving organizations by providing comprehensive curriculum and specially tailored program designs to train youth ages 14-22 in the following areas:

  • Life skills
  • College Prep & Career planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Job Readiness
  • Leadership skills & Community service
  • 21st Century Learning Skills

Check out their website at: http://www.ydiinc.org/ , “Like” them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Youth-Development-Initiatives/141848252567946 , and remember to enjoy, support and share with others!

What does Philanthropy have in common with Underground Hip Hop?

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Philanthropy and Underground Hip Hop probably have more in common than you think. The links that bind the two together is actually what inspired the concept for Cause Junkie. Few things can become addictive more quickly than supporting a cause you believe in. Not just something you agree with. We’re talking about a cause that actually resonates with everything that you personally identify with and want your life to represent. Those causes don’t come around often, but when they do they drive you to levels of euphoric support that you didn’t think were imaginable.  All of the time, money, and effort that you give is justifiable because ‘mission’ that is meaningful to you is being accomplished. Those are many of the same thoughts and motives that drive Hip Hop artists in and around the underground channels to do what they do with sometimes very little monetary reward or recognition. Their time, money, and hard work on their music is all justifiable sometimes even in the face of tremendous opposition. They do it because it draws them closer to their ultimate goal of making a quality product and/or spreading a message; and that’s what makes us here at Cause Junkie a big fan.