Introducing The One Dollar Give Project

After writing about saving for the Christmas holidays, and then publishing an extensive list of frugal Cyber Monday gift ideas earlier this week, I have to admit I felt like even I was a little caught up in the Christmas spending enthusiasm.  Fortunately, the leadership of a couple other dynamic bloggers (Mandi of Doodle’s Place, and Tara of Deal Seeking Mom) helped get me back into the true Christmas spirit.

Mandi and Tara had a fantastic idea to harness the collective power of bloggers.  The One Dollar Give project was launched December 1st, and its mission is to feature a blogger’s favorite charity each day during the month of December.  You can support all thirty one charities by giving just one dollar a day to each of the sponsored organizations.

I jumped at the chance to help with this project, and will even submit a write up about a charity I have had personal experience with this time next week (it will appear on The One Dollar Give site, but I’ll put a mention here to direct readers to their site).

If you are unable to help financially, there are other ways to show your support.  If you are a blogger, feel free to grab the button in this post (or in my top right sidebar) and put it on your blog.  Maybe you could also mention it on Twitter, or in a blog roundup of your own.

Let’s face it, it has been a rough year for a lot of people, and charities in particular are feeling the pinch. One dollar may not seem like much, but imagine if just half of my subscribers (some two thousand people) pitched in one dollar to help a sponsored charity. I’ve pledged $31 for December by striking a video game purchase from my Christmas shopping list, and may give a little more at the end of the month with what I have left over.

Thanks for allowing me a day to write about such a special project.  We trade a lot of ideas on saving money and building wealth here at Frugal Dad, and ultimately I hope we are all wealthy enough to give some of it away.  There is no greater joy than helping others, especially during the holiday season.


  1. This is a great idea and a $1 isn’t all that much in the grand scheme of things. I think this is a great idea and I am proud to contribute

  2. That’s to say that no gift is small gift. Even tiny gifts can add up and makes a big difference.

  3. @Money Minder: Thanks for helping spread the word!

    @Miranda: That’s what I liked about it–the fact that so many worthy causes would be included, rather than selecting only a couple. I also like that many bloggers have chosen local organizations, which for me has a way of personalizing the mission.

  4. I am so proud of these ladies and proud to know them.I am looking forward to blogging about this very soon. I love the enthusiasm of these ladies- it is contagious! Thanks for reminding others how easy it is to give!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing in our vision and helping us to promote it. Every dollar counts, so we hope you’ll scrape your change together to help make a difference!

    We still have few open slots for bloggers to feature their favorite charity, so please contact us at onedollargive (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested.

  6. Great idea. Last Christmas, and this Christmas too, I decided to buy gifts for people who really needed them via World Vision and sent the cards to my family. I think they appreciated the fact that there were other people who needed presents more than they did.

    And you know what, I loved it – it was very satisfying.