Monday, April 07, 2008

Give It 4 Good

Take your "stimulus check" and Give It 4 Good!

Giveit4goodIt's time for an intervention.

Our economy is based on unsustainable overconsumption. And now, we're being sent checks and told the answer is to spend even more.

Meanwhile, more than a billion people live on less than $1 a day.

It's insanity. And it's time to make a stand. Time to put our treasure where our heart is. Time to choose compassion over consumption.

It's time to

Give It 4 Good.

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation invites you to become part of a movement for economic sanity and moral accountability.

Join others across the nation and give 100%, 10% or even 0.7% of next month's so-called "economic stimulus" check to an organization of your choice working to acheive the Millennium Development Goals.

Just visit to find out how.

At, you'll also find resources for deciding where to give, advocacy actions, how to spread the word, resources for starting conversations about consumerism in your congregation and family ... and much more.

Once you've taken the pledge, spread the word. Email your friends and family and tell them you have taken this important step. Let the people at the nonprofit you have designated know so they can encourage others to Give It 4 Good. Put a button on your website and a flier in your congregation.

Go to the site. Take the pledge. Then keep checking back to see who has Given it 4 Good, how much has been given and where the money is going to Make Poverty History.

Christ's peace,

The Rev. Mike Kinman

Executive Director

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation

Giving It 4 Good is as easy as:

1) Take the pledge -- Click here and take the Give It 4 Good pledge (see below) and give 100%, 10%, 0.7% or another % of your choosing of your "economic stimulus check" to an organization working toward the MDGs.

Want more information and ideas on where to give first? Go to

2) Tell your elected officials - Click here to learn about advocacy actions you can take.

3) Spread the Word

Click here to get resources -- buttons for your website, fliers, bulletin inserts and more -- to spread the word about this movement.

4) Continue the conversation -- Click here for resources for prayer and study on the issues of overconsumption and consumerism.

The "Give It 4 Good" Pledge

"Because I take seriously Christ's admonition that 'where your treasure is, there will your heart be also' (Matt. 6:31), and

"Because I believe reaching out in compassion to the extreme poor around the world is more important than propping up an economy based on unsustainable consumption.

"I am donating all or part of my 2008 tax rebate/economic stimulus check (or all or part of the amount I would be receiving if I qualified for a check) to not-for-profit organizations that support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

"Instead of spending it, I am Giving It For Good."


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