The 29 Gifts Community has grown into a powerful network of “private philanthropists” who have made an art out of helping others. Below are a few of the accomplishments the community is proud to share. If you have suggestions for future causes, contact 29 Gifts Ambassador, Sharon, by emailing hi@29Gifts.org.
29 Gifters are helping create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis by giving to the National MS Society. Cami Walker, 29 Gifts Founder, is one of 400,000 Americans and 2 million people worldwide living with MS. The MS Society provides services and resources to people diagnosed with MS and funds research for better treatments and a cure. Cami has helped raise more than $500,000 by keynoting MS Society Fundraising events around the United States. See the Events page for upcoming appearances. With the support of our members, 29 Gifts was also able to gift 20% of profits from the 29 Gifts Boutique to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2010 and 2011. This 20% gifting program continues through 2012.
Education and Activism. Instead of spending money on marketing or advertising, 29Gifts.org sponsors monthly awareness campaigns offering creative ways to support causes like eduction and literacy. We have supported environmental causes and efforts to stop global human trafficking and modern-day slavery, world hunger and homelessness. 29Gifters strive to be a positive force for change in their home and global communities.
In February and March 2009, 29 Gifts members helped Mbali Creazzo, Mother of Our Movement, sing her way home to South Africa by raising $6,300 to help fund her pilgrimage. Mbali toured with her emmy-winning choir, Vukani Mawethu, a nonprofit multiracial choir which sings out against racism around the world.
Mbali and the Vukani Mewethu Choir performed all over South Africa to raise money for humanitarian projects. A highlight of Mbali’s trip was performing a private concert for South African Civil Rights Leader Nelson Mandela and his family.
During October 2008, members came together to support fellow 29 Gifter, Elysia Skye, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24. Elysia underwent a double mastectomy and multiple lymph node removal in her right arm. The surgery left her with lymphoedemia, requiring more surgery to correct severe swelling and pain.
Our community raised $10,700 of the $30,000 needed for the operation in 29 days. Elysia’s surgery was successful and she’s gone on to write a book and launch the Elysia Skye Breast Cancer Organization. Her organization works to decrease the risk of breast cancer through prevention, education, empowerment, and an understanding of the physical effect of a positive perspective.
In September 2008, 29 Gifts rallied members to support Charity Water, a humanitarian project providing clean water to villages in Africa by drilling new wells. Each well serves fresh water to 400 people for 20 years. Our community worked together to donate $1500 - half the cost of one well for a village in Ethiopia.