Greater Good: How to Make Giving Feel Good

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“Is it possible to let people taste the joy of making a positive impact for as little as a dollar? It’s tough to imagine how such a small donation could make a difference—unless you join forces with others. In 2012, Daniel Hawkins formed the Dollar Collective. Members each contribute one dollar, and the group decides what random act of generosity to perform with the pool of money. As their first act, they surprised a young couple out for Valentine’s Day and paid for their entire meal. And the couple who received the unexpected free meal? They decided to give the money they saved on dinner to a local charity (as well as buy some treats for their cat).”

Read more of the artile here:


Event #12 Kiva 2 Kiva Round 2

After roughly one year, we have received 100% return on our initial Kiva loan! This means that we get to do it all over again, at zero cost! (well almost – Kiva charges $7.50 for operating costs).

After polling our members, we’ve decided to help fund:

Nodari, who was looking for loans to help open a bakery, in Georgia. Read more about Nodari and his bakery here.


And we also loaned another $25 to Maria in Honduras, who needed help buying fertilizer and other supplies for her coffee plants. You can read more about her business here.


Event #11 Camp Fircom

First United held their inaugural Family Retreat at Camp Fircom for families from the Downtown Eastside on May 27-29, and urgently needed special donations for some of the children & parents such as rain jackets, sleeping bags, cameras, water bottles, etc., to make it all possible.

With the generous help of our member Frances Dobrzasnki, we purchased and donated cameras, film, water bottles, and flashlights for the families ($100 provided from the DC and $50 from Frances’ own pockets). Thanks, Frances!



Event #10: Gina + MacDonald Elementary Lunch Program

Last year one of our members worked at Macdonald school in east van, where a very dedicated, very lovely Italian woman works hard serving breakfast and lunch to all students whether they pay or not. It’s mostly made possible my private donations and some VSB contributions. We decided to donate $80 to the program and give Gina a bottle of wine as a acknowledgment of our her contributions! Thanks Jess Leger for helping organize this event. And thank you, Gina!

Pictures to come…

Event #9: St James Music Academy

For Event #9, we decided to donate $100 to the St James Music Academy. SJMA is a music school in the Downtown Eastside that offers free music education to low income families.  All musical instruments, lessons, classes are provided for these kids free of charge, giving them the opportunity to discover and express themselves through music.

Check out the video below to find out how SJMA’s donations are spent:

A big shout out to Heather Beatty for organizing this event!

Our letter from the SJMA:


Event #8 $100 Holiday Give-Away

Our lucky DC member Leo Margul won the lottery draw and will be spending this years $100 Give Away.

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And now, a word from our sponsor, Leo:

“I know it’s been quite a while since I won the holiday raffle, and I apologize for taking so long to reveal what I’ve done with the winnings. So here it is, in video form!

If you don’t want to watch, I surprised depressed open mic comedians here in LA with some free snacks. I only host a mic once a month, and did this 5 times, so that was 5 months. I also gave a random couple a free dinner and some other folks free ice cream. Then I donated to St. Anne’s ( and organization in LA that helps at-risk women and their families.

Thank you for your patience and the funds to make this possible Dollar Collective!”

Thanks Leo!

Event #7 Random Envelope Give Away

With this event, we decided to leave ten random envelopes around public places (buses, libraries, etc.) in Vancouver and Los Angeles, with various amounts of money left inside for strangers. Denominations included $5, $10, and $20, for a total of $120.00. We are also hoping to hear back from the stranger on how they went about spending the money…

Envelope, Message and Money

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Inside books at Vancouver Public Libraries

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Riding buses on Vancouver’s Public Transport (#44 and #84)

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DC does LA


Intelligentsia Cafe in Los Angeles


Sadly, no one ever replied!