We get puzzled, overwhelmed, tired, frozen when we think about "changing the world" (forget all that REBOOT)...BECAUSE it doesn't mean we have to change the WHOLE world - even small changes can be remarkable. A kind word to a waitress can change her world, a new playground might change the world for 25 kids and I can assure you a surprise gift box and a friendly handwritten note can change the world for a soldier serving overseas!
Change is change whether it's small or big...and it's all BIG, really BIG!
So what's the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project all about? Simply Powerful. Pepsi took the money they would have spent (ten million plus) on Super Bowl Ads and put it work for good! Pepsi is providing grants $5K, 25K, 50K & even $250K for people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact. Change things!
I think the Huffington Post summed it up best...it works like this
"...in 2010 Pepsi brought this idea to life with the Pepsi Refresh Project. The site invites people, businesses, and nonprofits to submit ideas that will have a positive impact on the world; these ideas are eligible for grant money in one of four amounts -- $5k, $25k, $50k, and $250k -- within six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education.
The ideas are then voted upon by visitors to the site for one month. At the end of that month, finalists are selected to receive grant money -- up to $1.3 million each month. But more than just providing money, Pepsi helps connect grant recipients with others who are passionate about the same cause and want to offer their support. These connections are made through some of the non-profits aligned with the project, such as GOOD and GlobalGiving...(read more here)
YOU can help - in fact it's ALL up to you! Each month Pepsi presents 1000 new projects on the Pepsi Refresh website - the grants are awarded based solely on the your VOTES! No committees, no bureaucracy just YOU voting for the project(s) that touch you heart - the projects that you think will make a difference! (and you can vote for up to 10 each day in May)
If you'd like to help us refresh fundraising then please vote* for us in the Pepsi Refresh $250K grant competition May 1 though May 31 - click on the pink button or this link http://www.refresheverything.com/buttonsofhope
*feeling inspired? yes you can vote 31 times - once each day for Buttons of Hope! THANK YOU....