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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.
When I first announced the idea for the project, I asked for suggestions from people across my social platforms and this was the first charity recommended, so I thought what better way to kick off the year than with the CF Foundation.
Also, this charity was recommended to me by one of my best friends Brad. Ever since I met Brad in 2011 at USC, CF has played a big part in his family’s life. Over the course of our friendship, I’ve been able to join him and some friends on two CF walks and be a champion for the cause.
This month is no different. Well, actually, it is. Instead of a few of us being a champion for the cause, I am asking all of us to support the CF Foundation as the first of 12 charities we are going to help in 2019.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infection and limits the ability to breathe over time.
More than 10 million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene.
About the CF Foundation
The CF Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance program.
Let's kick off the New Year together and change the world one charity at a time!