The essence of Mandela Day is to take action, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day in honour of Nelson Mandela, who inspired millions of people from all races and walks of life globally by his open-hearted concern for people and their needs.
This Mandela Day you can help feed hungry and malnourished families, provide quality education for children and safe sanitation in schools, and support many other programmes for people in need by fundraising through GivenGain.
GivenGain is a world leader in online fundraising for charity. A non-profit foundation started in 2001 by brothers Johannes and Jaco van Eeden and registered in Switzerland, it is global in scope and does not profit from donations.
In 2020, almost 120,000 donations were made via GivenGain to charities in 50 countries, and donors in 53 countries donated to SA charities. In addition, many individuals raised funds through virtual mass participation events on GivenGain in 17 countries, including a virtual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa.
So, what can you do?
On Mandela Day, 18 July 2021, individuals or companies can raise money for their favourite cause on the GivenGain platform.
A great cause collective to contribute to is the official Each1Feed1 campaign of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, join a community initiative of choice or start a fundraising project supporting any charity.
Second, visit the official Mandela Day website to view more information and download visual resources for e-mailers and social media.
Third, charities, companies, fundraisers and donors are also invited to use the Mandela Day 2021 fundraising page on GivenGain to donate. In 2020, almost R400 000 was raised via GivenGain for Mandela Day!
Gaming for good
It is becoming increasingly popular to live stream an activity online – whether playing an online game or hosting a cooking show – and many gaming streamers are starting to do so for charity.
With this great new fundraising direction in mind, GivenGain is challenging South African live streamers this Mandela Day to live stream and #GameForGood for their favourite charity. To get started, simply visit the official #GameForGood page.
How to fundraise or donate on GivenGain:
- Visit GivenGain’s Mandela Day fundraising pageto create your fundraising page for your favourite charity*.
- Share your new project link with friends, family, teammates, colleagues — anyone who will support your project by donating!
- To just donate to a charity on GivenGain (and not fundraise), simply use the Search option on GivenGainto find your charity* and click on the donate button on their profile.
Fundraising as a team is also an ideal opportunity for companies to engage with their employees (to motivate them with a sense of shared purpose) and together contribute to a charity of their choice. Many companies offer to match the donations of their employees.
*Your favourite charity not yet listed on GivenGain? Get in touch with GivenGain at [email protected] to have them help register it for free.