The Giftival Pay-it-Forward Fund

$1,095 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 26 months
I have the privilege of turning 50 this year. FIFTY. I hear so many people dread this big birthday. The big Five OH, they say. 

But for me, every year I am given at this point in my life is a gift, a gift denied to so many. Many around me have not had the privilege of growing older, having children or watching their children become thriving adults. I am grateful every day for reaching this milestone, and hope to have many more.

And I want for nothing. Truly. I have a wonderfully messy house, two fabulous kids, a loving husband who survived near-death last year, meaningful work in the world, and good friends.

So why am I creating a crowdfunding campaign?

Every year, I am honored to attend an event called "Giftival. "  It takes place in different countries every year, and its purpose is to call people from all over the world working in gift economics and gift culture to come togther and share best practices, stories, tips, and strategies for spreading this important paradigm far and wide. These wondrous people come from places as diverse as Senegal, Nigeria, Turkey, India, Bhutan, Japan, Mexico, as many others, and we learn from one another about how to revive this most ancient practice for getting everyone's needs met:  The Gift.

This year, Giftival is in Brazil this November.

Last year, a very generous donor sponsored many people's airfare and lodging costs for our event in Rome, Italy.  This year, Giftival attendees are trying to raise the costs of the event themselves -- from their communities.

And because I am turning 50 while I am at the gathering this year, I thought I might ask my community to support our efforts to make this affordable to those who can't cover their own costs. To gift it forward. As a birthday present to me.

This money won't go to pay for MY airfare or lodging, but to support others' travel, food, and lodging costs who might not otherwise be able to attend, but who have vital experience and information for us. We need their stories and cost should not be a barrier.

So, as a gift to me, will you gift to them? It will mean more to me than all the Starbucks gift-cards and fancy ceramic mugs in the world.  

-Marie Goodwin
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As this year is winding down, I want to thank each of you who supported this Giftival campaign of mine with your financial support. You helped pay for travel expenses and lodging for friends (both old and new alike). One person gave me a very large donation by Paypal while I was at the gathering itself, and I was able to use that to pay for on-the-ground transportation for folks (Ubers, mostly) to get people where they needed to be for events. I was so happy to be able to give generously to people while in Brazil in this way, but I was always aware of the fact that YOU made it possible for me to offer this generosity, and I told each of them -- each time -- that my friends, strangers to them, were holding them rather than me. This is the way of the gift. We are held by people in ways seen and unseen. Thank you so much. May 2017 be a wonderful year for us all.
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Hi Gifitival Funders. Thanks so much for your help raising money to bring people to this wonderful event. I have sent the money, in two installments, on to the main organizers to distribute to folks who need it to buy tickets or get their visas (which are surprisingly expensive!) Every little bit helps, and I know we are all so grateful for every dollar that comes in. THANK YOU for honoring me this way. If you want to see some of the people you are helping, check out this website:
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$1,095 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 26 months
Created September 26, 2016
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Tamara Mengine
24 months ago

Better extremely late than never? Love you!

Kelly K
25 months ago

Because I learn so much when you share your gifts, Marie. Thank you.

25 months ago
claudia peresman
25 months ago

you are my hero Marie - I love seeing all you do and think about!

25 months ago
Fabiana Meredith
25 months ago

May all of your birthday wishes come true!

25 months ago
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