How To Easily Make Every Day #GivingTuesday


Today is Giving Tuesday. Have you made your donation yet? What if there was a way to donate money automatically every time you shop, search the internet or do other activities online? In today’s post, I’ll show you how to do just that!

Goodsearch is a search engine that pays out money to your favorite charity when you use them for your online searching. They support thousands of charities including charity:water, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, SICSA, Clothes That Work and more. Their search engine is powered by Yahoo. The results are identical to what you would see on the main Yahoo website.

goodsearchlogoThe people that started Goodsearch also have a sister site called Goodshop. With Goodshop, you can raise money by shopping online with your favorite stores including Amazon, Staples, Best Buy and much much more.

Here is a video that explains a little more about Goodsearch and Goodshop.

The Goodsearch people have extended their network to also include even more ways to raise money for your charity!

Goodswipe – Simply register your credit card on Goodswipe and raise money for your charity. It’s automagically sent to your favorite charity. Super easy.

Goodgames – Raise money by playing games online

Stack of Money with BowGoodtvads – Watch a TV commercial and raise money for your charity

Goodsurveys – Raise money for charity by taking a survey

Goodoffers – Complete an offer and raise money. Some offers include and Disney Movie Club

Gooddining – Register your credit card and raise money for your charity when you eat out at participating restaurants. The website has an online directory to show which restaurants are participating

Goodtravel – Raise money for your charity by using Goodtravel when you book your vacation. They also list promo codes and coupons

Goodshoptogo This is a browser add on to remind you if there is a product in the Goodsearch family that can be used when you are shopping online. As you can see from above, there are a lot of options, so this add on is very handy!

The Goodsearch network is not alone in the “buy something, donate something” concept.

Here are a few other websites that also do this:

Charity Mall
Amazon Smile

As you can see, it’s easy to raise money for charity while shopping online. Now, go out there and do it!

Why I donated my birthday to charity:water


Today is my birthday. Another day, another year.

Around this time of year, friends and family are always asking me, “So, what do you want for your birthday?” This year I’ve been in a major cleaning mood and honestly, don’t want more stuff cluttering up my house. I’ve finally got it pared down. I’m not quite like The Minimalists, but I’m getting there.

india1Health is good. No more thyroid cancer. Family and everything is a-ok. Thank God!

Then, I started researching what else is going on in the world and I found out something quite shocking. Over 1 billion people about 1 in 7 and a group, charity:water is trying to change it.

Here’s a little video with more info about the problem:

Water Changes Everything. from charity: water on Vimeo.

My experiences with charity:water were a bit of a happy accident. One day, I was cruising along the interwebs and found an inc magazine interview with Scott Harrison, the guy who started charity:water. At the bottom of the article, the author mentioned that Scott is a motivating speaker. Being the good Toastmaster that I am, I was intrigued and looked Scott up on You Tube.

I found one of Scott’s presentations, I believe it was this one:

Scott has a great story. Basically, he was a nightclub promoter who in his late 20’s decided there was more to life and decided to go to Africa on a mission trip. While there, he was shocked to learn about the water crisis.

values-100-percentHe came back to the states and decided to start charity:water. He decided to be different than other charities and add in a lot more accountability. The first thing Scott did was seperate the funding for the administration from the water funding. He went and found angel investors to pay his bills. When someone donates to charity:water, 100% of the money raised goes directly into the water project.

Scott took it a step further. He also decided that there should be GPS photos of the projects and a map linking to them. He decided to fund the wells separately from the administration, so people would know exactly where their money is going.

And it worked. From it’s humble beginnings in 2006, charity:water has been growing.

One of charity:water’s big things is a birthday drive. Here’s a video from Scott on how that came about.

Some people raise $200, some raise $500. Some, like the video below end up raising $1.5 million. Every little bit helps.

Rachel Beckwith’s Mom Visits Ethiopia. from charity: water on Vimeo.

So, with that in mind, I decided to do my own fundraiser for charity:water. My goal is $500. Can you help me?

The theme of the donations is “donate your age”. I turned 41, so the suggested donation is $41. But, you can give more or less. No donation is too big or too small.

Click here to go to my donation page—>>

Two Perspectives From Yesterday’s TEDx Dayton Event

Yesterday, our community experienced an event like no other when we had our very first TEDx Dayton event. This blog post is the perspective of two attendees out of the 900 that were there, Carlos Scarpero and Danielle Deramo.

Danielle Deramo and Linda Hart at Tedx Dayton Check in
Danielle Deramo and Linda Hart at Tedx Dayton Check in
TEDxDayton –Danielle’s Perspective

Where do I begin to convey the enormity of the day and experience?

One eloquent from the heart presentation after another. Sharing life journey, traumatic events, poetry, music, dance, fears, knowledge, and passions with 900 fascinated and engaged participants.

No cameras, no constant tweets, all electronic devices respectfully held to breaks (few), lunch (delicious), and post event festivities around Dayton.

I share my favorite take-aways from notes written fervently in the semi-darkness, front row of the glorious Victoria Theatre. Forgive me if a name credit is misspelled or unrepresented.

Ted X Dayton Logo
Ted X Dayton Logo
Here we go!

Leadership is over glorified. The first follower is really the one to get things moving. Film clip First Follower illustrated the point. –Todd Dewett

Creativity doesn’t come from a computer. Be curious-look to kids for best example of curiosity at work. Curiosity is an innate human trait. Don’t look down on people who ask a lot of questions (YAY!) Don’t let wonderment fade. Don’t become a passive user and look to Google first to answer all of your questions.- Chris Wire

Hard data can be made beautiful by relevant and meaningful storytelling. TEDx participants’ application question responses were revealed visually. 97% of TEDx participants’ say they are happy. –Shu Shiller

A view of the crowd in the lobby. Full house on hand!
A view of the crowd in the lobby. Full house on hand!
Social Media is a powerful connector to problem solving. Infertility issues and the desire to adopt a child led this young man and his wife to the birth mother of their adopted child. –Keith Klein

A beautiful dance performance by students from Stivers School of the Arts with choreography by this artist, conveyed his emotional journey with glaucoma.- Rodney Veal

Abject Poverty. Abundance of Love. A Mother and eight children in Southeastern, Ohio. Believing her children would attend college against all odds, Imogene fostered a love of reading and learning in her children. What if we valued people based on character and how they treated one another?
1. Education is a requirement not an option
2. We must be one another’s champions
3. We were created for a purpose, and that purpose is GOOD.
Nora Stanger

Dayton is 4th in the nation for food hardship. $38 million a year is awarded in grants by The Dayton Foundation. If we have all the problems, but also the money to solve it, why do our local people still suffer? Where is the disconnect? A shortage of translational leaders.- Nathan Klingbeil

Emcees Jane A. Black and Kevin Moore introducing the speakers
Emcees Jane A. Black and Kevin Moore introducing the speakers
VERY MOVING spoken word performance by the talented and passionate.- Jay Martinez

No one is born with prejudice. It is learned. Words that hurt lead to discrimination which leads to violence. Pyramid of Hate 2005 by Anti-Defamation League was shown (I never knew such a document existed.) We can build a world without hate.- Michael Lieberman

Words can heal. Reading brings empathy. (Note: Read book “Far From The Tree”.)- Sharon Rab

Resilience is a state of mind. Playing dead during a mass shooting saved this young woman’s life. She went on to finish her University education becoming a Medic. This was her first public speaking engagement and she nailed it!- Staff Sergeant Deondra Parks

Do whatever you do for humanity the best that it can be done.- David Shuster, M.D.

You have to get a little bit uncomfortable in order to get comfortable.- April Kline

Carlos’ Perspective

A nice photo from the TEDX Dayton Facebook page
A nice photo from the TEDX Dayton Facebook page
What an amazing and well run event! I’ve been a fan of the TED videos for a long time and have been looking forward to this event. I have the TED channel on my ROKU box and I’ll admit that I use it quite a bit. Anytime I need a word of encouragement of something positive in the world, I’ll turn on my TED channel.

I purchased my ticket a little over a month ago. I’m glad I purchased it when I did, because the event sold out! What a great testament to the Dayton community.

From the moment, I walked into the door, I was immediately impressed with the number of volunteers on hand. They were organized and eager to help. Right after getting my badge, I was offered coffee and doughnuts, a nice touch.

The volunteers meeting posted on the Tedx Dayton Facebook page
The volunteers meeting posted on the Tedx Dayton Facebook page
TEDx Dayton started with a live band, Good English. This was nice since there were a few stragglers coming in late. Then, there was the lineup of speakers. Danielle did a nice job with the details of who spoke with the write up above. No detail was left unturned with a nice catered lunch at noon, a 3:00 cookie break and even a free t shirt at the end. The organizers were 100% first class all the way with this event!

I was amazed that the entire speaker line up was made up of people that either lived in the Dayton region or had grown up here. No need to go to other towns. There’s a lot of good things happening right here in our hometown.

The organizers could have taken the easy way out and filled the stage with experienced professional speakers. Instead, they went and found the “unsung heroes” that are doing things in our community that most people don’t know about. I really appreciated this.

A nice badge photo posted by Rick Cartright on Foursquare
A nice badge photo posted by Rick Cartright on Foursquare
Just because they weren’t “professional speakers” doesn’t mean they weren’t quality speakers. I’ve been in Toastmasters for a while, so I’m picker than most about quality speakers. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but my fears turned out to be unfounded. Apparently, the speakers were provided coaches in advance and it paid off immensely. At least one speaker had never spoken in public at all prior to this event, which is even more amazing to me.

It goes to show that in many cases, a good story and heartfelt message can easily trump experience. I’ve experienced this numerous times at Toastmasters, so I’m not surprised that it happened at TEDx Dayton.

This event had a little of everyone in attendance. The age ranged from high schools students to retirees. Employed, self employed and unemployed were all there. It was a great coming together of our community. We DO have a lot to offer the world. We should be proud to tell the outside world about everything going on here and invite them to visit us.

People of Dayton, we should be very proud of ourselves after this event. To all the volunteers, organizers, speakers and sponsors, THANK YOU!

Other TEDx Dayton Perspectives

My #1 Takeaway From TEDx Dayton 2013 via

Tapping Into The Power of Positivity via Dayton Most Metro

How TEDx Came To Dayton via The Dayton Jewish Observer

TEDx Conference: Leaders Talk Improving Dayton
via Dayton Business Journal

TedX Dayton-bravo

TEDx Dayton Pinterest Board

TEDx Dayton tweets via

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LinkedIn Shows Best Results For Small Business

The Wall Street Journal recently did a poll and surprise, surprise LinkedIn tops the list as the most useful small business social media resource.

Not surprisingly, Twitter was at the bottom of the list.

So, the message here is LinkedIn is where you NEED to be to get more business. Twitter is, well for Twittering away your time, of course!

Here are the full results:

wsj social media survey

Click here to read the full article at the Wall Street Journal