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At the end of 2018, I created a fundraising campaign to donate 100% of proceeds of all book sales from my birthday (Dec. 17) through the end of the year. On December 31st, we reached our goal and with some help, we donated $300.
This campaign got me fired up to do more and give more. It got me thinking… what if there was a way to raise money for more charities? What if there was a way to spread the joy of supporting a great cause? What if there was a way to bring together people from all walks of life to give back?
That’s when the idea for 2019 Giving Challenge was created. In 2019, I am going to pick one charity each month and set a goal to raise $100 for that charity. All campaigns will be held on Facebook through my page (@jakekelfer). By the end of the year I hope to have raised a total of $1,200+, helped 12 charities, connected with hundreds of donors, and impacted countless lives.
So, to kick off the first month of the challenge, we are going to be raising $100 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You can donate to the campaign here.
It’s party time! Today is my birthday and it’s a special one. Why? Because every birthday marks another amazing year alive. Like, are you kidding me? I overcame the odds of being born. I can read, walk, talk, see, and hear. I travel the world inspiring people. I’ve built two businesses that provide jobs for 20+ people a year. I have the greatest family. I get to have conversations with people of all walks of life. Another year alive marks another opportunity to ELEVATE the world.
To be honest, I love my birthday. I love receiving the warm birthday wishes, the motivational messages from people reaching out, and reconnecting with people I don’t talk to all the time.
Over the past few weeks though, I’ve been thinking about how can I make my birthday this year even more special. I thought back to a question I asked myself before I wrote my first book – What can I do to help people?
Just a little more than 4 years ago, one of my best friends David Stroud passed away after a long fought battle with cancer. David was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his junior year of high school. During the 4 years after he was diagnosed, David overcame obstacles and surgeries that few people thought were possible. Unfortunately, David passed away, but it wasn’t before he defeated cancer and became an inspiration to everyone. David’s legacy lives on and his strong spirit and positive attitude lights the hearts of everyone who knows and hears his story
It doesn’t take a millionaire to give back. Shoot, it doesn’t even take an adult to give back. Sometimes, the biggest hearts are in the smallest people.
On November 4, 2012, Matthew’s grandma had a devastating stroke that changed his and his family’s lives forever. He remembers her joyous spirit and big heart and has vowed to honor her memory everyday.