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How One Woman Donated Her Birthday to GreaterGood.org

Jaimie and Bentley!

Facebook now allows users to create a fundraiser for a favorite nonprofit. This is a great way to raise money for a cause which moves you the most. Many Facebook users are donating their birthdays to raise funds for charity. One GreaterGood.org donor, Jaimie Rosenstock, recently became a GreaterGood.org fundraising hero by selflessly donating her birthday to support our mission to protect people, pets, and the planet. We contacted Jaimie to gain some insight into the process. Here’s what she had to say:

Why did you decide to donate your birthday to GreaterGood.org? How was the experience?
The option to donate birthdays is an amazing new feature on Facebook. My friend donated her birthday to a local animal shelter last month, which was the first time I saw someone do it. I’ve been thinking about where I’d want to donate mine too since then. GreaterGood.org came to mind right away, because every day I click on the FreeKibble & Greatergood.com sites. It was super easy and quick to set up.

Any advice for people out there looking to start their own fundraising campaign for GreaterGood.org?
Go for it! It only took a few minutes, and there is nothing to lose. Such a small gesture can make a huge difference.

To you, what makes GreaterGood.org different from other charities?
I love that there are so many great causes within one charity. Everyone has different values and different causes that speak to them, and GreaterGood.org gives you so many different options. I also love that you can donate to specific projects or the whole organization.

Any favorite programs GreaterGood.org supports?
I think all the programs are amazing, but I particularly love Freekibble Flights to Freedom. Sometimes people think that once an animal is at a shelter, it will be safe, but sadly that isn’t always the truth. I love that Freekibble Flights to Freedom get animals to safer shelters where they are more likely to be adopted into loving forever homes.

How do you feel after you make a gift?
Empowered! Donating money to a charity makes me want to do more, like volunteer or fundraise.

What are you most passionate about? Why?
Animals! I have been a vegetarian for 20 years, which is the majority of my life since I’m only 26. I made the decision completely on my own when I found out where meat came from, and my parents have been incredibly supportive since day one (although they definitely thought it was just a phase). I think every living creature deserves safety and happiness, and I have so much respect for the people & organizations that make a difference in the lives of animals who aren’t so fortunate.

What makes you hopeful and happy?
Lately, a major source of hopefulness is seeing what amazing things are accomplished when dedicated and determined people come together. I think there are a lot of great people who really want to make a difference in the world which gives me so much hope for the future. On a personal level, nothing makes me happier than my pets—a dachshund and two cats. We found my cats abandoned when they were 2-3 weeks old. Seeing them transformed into the healthy and happy four-year-olds they are today makes me almost forget how starving and tiny they once were. I may have rescued them first, but they’ve been my source of happiness every day since.

If you had the power and means to change the world, what would you do?
I think we all have the power to change the world right now, even if it’s just for one person or creature at a time. Small things make all the difference, and I think a lot of people underestimate the impact they can have just by making an effort to be kind every day.

September of 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of giving for GreaterGood.org. Any advice for the next 10 years?
Congratulations! Thank you for all you do for people, pets, and the planet. My advice would be to keep maintaining positive attitudes, even when you have to see troubling situations or make difficult choices. Know that you are saving lives every day, and the world is better for GreaterGood.org being part of it.

Thank you, Jaimie, for your time, thoughtfulness, and compassion! We truly cannot thank you enough.

For information on how you can become a GreaterGood.org fundraising hero on Facebook, click here.

by Jim Kober, August 24, 2017