Give Good Over Gifts: How Leveraging Your Social
Network Could Change the World
Comparison is the thief of joy.
Whether you’re willing to go to great lengths for the perfect Instagram shot or you’re an avid tweeter, I’ll bet that you have, at some point in your life, formed an impression of someone based on information from social media. We exchange handles in lieu of business cards and follow friends on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with their engagements, birthdays, careers and pregnancies. Our identity is dictated by a grid and our thoughts are relegated to 280 characters. We share what we did five minutes ago, events we’re going to next week and things we hope to do ten years down the road. So many of our beliefs and priorities are left out of our social media profiles, when we could be sharing our desire to make a difference or support a mission that is creating positive impact in the world around us. The question is: Why aren’t we associating our favorite causes with our social network?
Do you support breast cancer research because you lost your sister to breast cancer? Maybe you are traumatized by the spike in gun violence and want to take action to end access to assault weapons? If we can use social media to convey the most minute of daily activities, we can certainly harness its power to create the ultimate charitable giving platform. I wanted to be able to gift my friends a donation to their favorite nonprofit organization instead of sending them another card, candle or gift that would likely collect dust in a cabinet for eternity. That’s why I started inLieu, a social giving app that allows you to support your friends by giving to the causes they love.
I wear these causes on my sleeve, and challenge you to do the same. With inLieu, you can add your favorite organizations to your profile and allow your loved
ones to donate directly to
what matters to you.
Communities in Schools
Generation Serve (formerly Little Helping Hand) facilitates volunteer opportunities for the entire family. Volunteering as a family taught my kids the importance of giving back to the community in the form of time and talent. My dad always preached that “the best gift you can give is your time.” By spending quality time with my girls and volunteering for local nonprofits, we learned about a variety of diverse causes and the impact they had in our community.
These organizations have made an immense impact on my life and the lives of those in my community. As a society, we can redirect our efforts and use social media networking as a way of showing up for the people and causes who need it most.
I challenge you to quit the liking and scrolling. Convert your precious time into impactful support for friends by funding causes dear to them. Now it’s your turn to share with the ones you love and #GiveinLieu. Wear your causes on your sleeve and start giving today.