Yesterday, I had the privilege of signing two checks. Combined, they were for $8,800. One was bound for India, the other for the Dominican Republic. Each would be used to fund projects The 25 Group is committed to in the first quarter of this year.

That’s a significant chunk of change, but our journey with these two great missions organizations is far from over. We still have over $40,000 to raise to complete the work we’ve partnering with them on–a community center and clean water well in India and a nutrition center and vitamin purchase in the DR.

The 25 Group is about transforming generosity together. We want to be both a part of generosity that transforms as well as change the way people think of generosity. A lot of folks are catching onto our mission, but they’re wondering about the how and how much when it comes to giving to our startup nonprofit. The good news is, there are three ways and three amounts you can give–all in less than five minutes–that can help us change some lives all around the world.

The Good Old Fashioned Way

First, you can mail a check. Here’s our snail mail address:

give button.001The 25 Group

1251 Pin Oak Rd

Suite 131-212

Katy TX 77494

For most folks that is pretty old school. But even though you’re writing out a check and addressing an envelope, you can still get it done in less than five minutes. Incidentally, it’s also the cheapest way you can donate, because there are no credit card fees. But, we know there’s a cost to doing business in today’s economy, and we have two other (ridiculously easy) ways you can give.

Tech-Saavy Ways

Screenshot_2014-02-10-14-15-53By giving at this link, you can simply enter your credit card info once, setting up an account, and schedule a recurring gift to be charged monthly. If you can’t commit to every month you can make a one-time gift. You can be set up in less than five minutes. Additionally, we’re now set up with text message giving. It’s bananas how easy this is! The first time you send a message, just text the amount you wish to give ($25, for instance) to our number: 314-287-5510. You’ll receive a response that prompts you to enter your card info. After doing that once, donating is as simple as sending an amount you want to donate. That’s right, just type in ($25) and press send and you’re all set. Takes way less than five minutes, and it makes a big difference.

For some it’s a question of how you might give. The other big deal is how much you determine to give. Here’s three amounts to get you thinking about how much you can afford:

Recurring $25/month gifts

If The 25 Group is going to be a sustainable nonprofit that makes a long-term impact, we need an infusion of $25/month givers. We will really get rolling when we have a community of these folks committed to our mission.

Chip in a buck on a #giveblitz day

giveblitz.001Others will see our #giveblitz every month as a great time to give. #giveblitz is a social media campaign that will occur on the 25th of every month. The ask on that day is crazy easy–we’re inviting people to give $1 in the hopes that we may someday just go viral and amass significant funding in this super-simple way. So give a buck and challenge your friends on social media to do the same.

Sacrifice Something and Give Big

Lastly, there are folks that have more significant resources. Already, we’ve had four different families donate $1,000 or more. What a cool thing to see happen. Not everyone can do that, and that’s totally cool. We don’t have bronze, silver, gold, and platinum givers. We’re likeminded folks doing what we can to make a difference. But I do think as folks grow in their passion for this work we’re doing together we’ll see folks forego new car purchases, vacations, and upscale possessions in favor of simpler things and in order to make a donation. I think tax refunds and bonuses and other cash infusions can be devoted to our causes, and that’s a great thing.

How you give matters and how much you give matters. We strive to make that as easy as possible. Truly, if a bunch of people can give a few minutes, a few clicks, a few bucks to the cause, we can be mailing more checks to India and the Dr in no time. But what matters most is why you give.

Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

Our motivation in starting The 25 Group was we wanted to obey Jesus. We don’t think doing nothing is an option. Many of you feel the same, and we’re thankful for our shared conviction.

Connect with us and help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Also, watch for our devoted website coming soon.

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