"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." Mother Teresa
Dear 1% for the Planet Network,Thank you! 2015 was a year of remarkable change for our organization. As we head into 2016, we are powered by the best kind of fuel: Gratitude. Gratitude to our amazing network of companies, nonprofits, and individuals for the critical and compelling work you are doing together to care for our planet. Gratitude to our 311 new member companies in 2015; you are our biggest “freshman class” since 2012 and we are so glad to have you aboard. Gratitude for the openness and optimism with which you have welcomed me as the new leader of 1% for the Planet and embraced the incredible potential we have yet to realize in our work together.
Our network creates positive change at a global scale. More than 1,100 member companies in 44 countries representing multiple industries donate 1% of annual sales to our vetted environmental nonprofits that deliver real solutions to the many pressing problems facing our planet. I was in Paris recently for the COP21 Climate negotiations, and the rallying cry from leaders across the government, business, and nonprofit sectors was innovative solidarity. Our planet needs us to come together with strength and creativity. And the 1% for the Planet network is doing just that.
Our 2015 accomplishments clearly demonstrate the power of our work together. In the last 12 months alone our network has: conserved thousands of acres of land in places like Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru (to name just a few) to provide habitat for endangered species ranging from treefrogs to jaguars; cleaned many tons of plastic trash from beaches and the open ocean, as well as fresh water bodies, restoring clean water to damaged ecosystems; planted hundreds of thousands of trees in locales ranging from Montana to Thailand, stabilizing eroding soils and sequestering carbon. The list - and the acres, species, tons, and plantings - goes on in the most wonderful of ways.
1% for the Planet provides the connective tissue that knits the network together and fuels our global growth. On January 1, 2016 we will be launching our 2020 Strategic Plan which calls on us to further develop and support the strong, brand-aligned giving strategies that serve our member companies and nonprofits best, and drive maximum impact. We will be expanding opportunities for individual engagement, and both our brand and our growth will be driven by the power of what we are able to accomplish together for our planet.
Thank you for the support and encouragement that so many of you have offered along the way, and - again - for the amazing work you do in the world!
Warmly and onward,
P.S. Many of you have also supported our organization financially. Thank you. The global work our network does rests on the shoulders of a lean, committed, and smart staff of 10 headquartered in Burlington, VT. Your donations enable us to serve our network most effectively, driving the impacts that truly make a difference. Click here to make a donation today.
1% for the Planet
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"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." HH Dalai Lama
The Playing For Change Foundation and The Jerry Garcia Foundation invite you to participate in a global #RippleEffect #StoriesofGratitude social media art project.
The project will continue into the coming months.
1. You are invited to share a story about an act of kindness on The Jerry Garcia Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jerry-Garcia-Foundation/1586960891539865
Stories can include gratitude for acts of kindness or stories of kind acts that you have observed or initiated.
2. Create your own artistic interpretation of a visual #RippleEffect using photos, videos or art materials. (For example, film the ripples created in a water fountain) After creating an image or video, add any of the following Hashtags: #RippleEffect #StoryofGratitude, #Storiesof Grattude
then share the post.
3. Tag 3 friends in the post and invite them to continue the ripple.
#RippleEffect #StoriesofGratitude #PFCF #JGF
* #StoriesofGratitude are shared on this page
Shimer College http://www.shimer.edu/
The Fender Music Foundation http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/
Reef Relief http://reefrelief.org/
Belmar Arts Council www.belmararts.org
SEVA FOUNDATION http://www.seva.org/
Music Resource Center http://musicresourcecenter.org/
Alive Inside www.AliveInside.org
Jerry Day http://www.jerryday.org/
California Film Institute http://cfieducation.cafilm.org/
DrawBridge - An Arts Program for Homeless Children http://www.drawbridge.org/
We are honored to share a few #RippleEffect #StoriesofGratitude from participating nonprofits here:
"We were honored to once again team up with our friends at The Jerry Garcia Foundation to support their social media campaign #RippleEffect #StoriesofGratitude. Our Reef Relief team is so grateful to have our Coral Camp interns Lindsey, Sammi, and Dani and we witness them expressing kindness and patience each and every day they spend with our campers while passing on our dedication to improve and protect our coral reef ecosystem. Watch a video of these ladies having fun at camp and creating some ripples of their own! #PFCF #JGF #RippleEffect #StoriesofGratitude" Reef Relief
"Vacaville state prisoners donated to DrawBridge - An Arts Program for Homeless Children and also sponsored an annual art group! #PFCF #JGF#RippleEffect#StoriesofGratitude"
"I recently went to the Vacaville State Prison. DrawBridge had been invited there to receive a donation from a group of prisoners. The group is called POP - Prisoner Outreach Program - and they raise funds to donate to nonprofit groups by selling food to other prisoners at increased prices. All the prisoners know the purpose of the sale; they have it quarterly, then choose three nonprofits with whom to share the proceeds. I met with the prisoners, heard some of their stories, and received their gift. Some of them had been in prison for decades, yet they were raising money to help improve the lives of youth they felt compelled to support. The check was for nearly $8000 - more than enough to underwrite an entire DrawBridge art group for a year. I was awed at their generous spirit and desire to help others - a ripple that will be felt by many children; a gentle wave that steers them towards a more positive course."
Seva Foundation: "This is a story of #gratitude. Dona Maria is a widowed woman from Guatemala who lives with her son and his family. She had a cataract and 2 months ago had the surgery. She now helps her son with his business selling popsicles, corn and other things. Now that she can see, she can handle money and help sell. Her surgery was a ripple of empowerment.
WhyHunger shares an "Act of kindness "link: Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH) feeding their community. #StoriesofGratitude #RippleEffect