Climate Cycle News

World Give Day
May 1, 2011 1:05 AM

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
, an online fundraising tools for individuals, challenged us and others to speak to the idea that small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.

And we believe that Margaret Mead's words say it as well as it can be said. Very often we see a large challenge in front of us and quickly surmise what a large solution may be needed to solve it. But when we step back, we realize that a large solution often takes the form of many small solutions joined together. Like the links on our bike chains that keep our wheels moving, Climate Cycle's success is in very large part the sum of our small scale donors.

Climate Cycle was started to bring environmental education to students and to empower them to change the way they and their schools (and the community around them) view and use energy. The work of these students drives and complements the strong effort of our Riders, which harnesses the generosity of our donors, who are our friends, our family and our communities. One student at a time, one pedal at a time, one dollar at a time. Some of our supporters may consider that their donations of time, effort and money are of a small scale. But we don't see it that way.

We see the power of a community that pulls together, behind a common cause. We see strangers working together to help students they haven't even met but whom they care a great deal about. We see people giving what they can, whether commitment to environmental education, their physical contribution on the Ride to Recharge that inspires us all, or the dollars that go directly toward difference-making solar panels. However you've given to your favorite cause, whether Climate Cycle or another effort, please know that you are the backbone of philanthropy.

To donate or ride, go HERE.

This post is part of a blog series inspired by World Give Day (May 4th) and hosted by GiveForward. To find other posts in this series please visit or follow the hashtag #giveday.