Three years ago this month Just DO Something…Anything! was created. At the time JDSA was just a few letters … and Social Discussion was just a blog with a catchy phrase: We have the right to remain silent. We just choose not to …”
For two months our computer screen sat blank … a blinking black cursor in the middle of an empty white page. The first piece we posted was an Op/Ed political story I wrote after covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa for NBC News. We thought we were starting a revolution. But really, we were just beginning an evolution.
We weren’t political writers. We were social storytellers. And that’s what we set out to do – tell stories through producing video content: writing commercials and shooting PSAs, developing creative strategies and concept planning for social organizations around the world.
But with nearly 12 million nonprofits, it seemed a daunting – if not impossible task. So we decided to connect – both ourselves and others – to some of the more unique social organizations in existence. Everyone knows about The Gates Foundation and Amnesty International. But how many know about Rebecca Pontius and http://dogoodbus.com? A school bus she “decked out” so as to offer once-a-month community rides to volunteers to and from great causes in her Los Angeles community.
Or Shawn Seipler’s nonprofit, https://cleantheworld.org, who, while on a business trip had an idea for soap recycling after learning the barely used bars of hotel soap he left behind ended up in a landfill. Today, Clean the World has more than 50 full-time employees in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong. And they’ve distributed more than 25 million bars of soap to over 99 countries.
And we met Shannon O’Donnell, who created http://grassrootsvolunteering.org and built a dual database of organizations all over the world … helping empower travelers to connect to the causes and communities in the places they travel.
JDSA’s evolution is ongoing. Today, we’re a 501C3 nonprofit who’s helped raise over $1 million for several unique and innovative nonprofits. And we couldn’t have done it without you – the 30,000+ followers in over 110 countries. Thank you for turning JDSA into a verb – for JDSA’ing in the social causes you’re passionate about, and for telling us about the one’s that are making a difference in your life.
Please keep us posted on those unique organizations you come across! In the meantime, check out a few we’ve found – from a variety of social causes.
The Pollination Project – https://thepollinationproject.org
A Gift For Teaching – http://agiftforteaching.org
Curbside Chronicle – http://thecurbsidechronicle.org/about-us/
Zebra Coalition – http://zebrayouth.org
The Prospector Theatre – http://www.prospectortheater.org
Soaring Paws – http://www.soaringpaws.com
Wildlife SOS / India – http://wildlifesos.org
To learn more about those organizations, and some of the others we’ve come across, check out our “Your Connections” tab on our web site: http://www.jdsanything.org/#!your-connections/czy8