What is Fork Over Friday?
The plan is to donate $12 (for 2012) every Friday to something — a nonprofit, a kickstarter campaign, Kiva, a busker… your choice. Why? To practice more giving.
I started Fork Over Friday in 2011 to document my year of giving project in which I gave $11 a week to a new non-profit or creative project.
In 2012 I moved Forkover Friday project to it’s own blog and donate $12 every week (for 2012). Forkover Friday is all about trying to cultivate a more giving spirit. I often get caught up in day-to-day life and am very quick to say “No” or ignore opportunities to give in a monetary way. So by allocating $12 a week ($624 in a year), it forces me to find a place to give, and ultimately I hope it’s creating a habit of giving for me.
Why Give to Creative Projects?
Over the last several years, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have helped popularize the idea of giving to the arts — not for charity or non-profit sake, but to just promote creation and fun. Since the Forkover Friday Project is about giving (not necessarily to just non-profit organizations), creative giving is a big part of the project.
What is Kickstarter?
According to Kickstarter, it’s is a new way to fund creative projects.
We believe that:
• A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.
• A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.
Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.
Why do people support creative projects?
REWARDS! Project creators inspire people to open their wallets by offering smart, fun, and tangible rewards (products, benefits, and experiences).
STORIES! Kickstarter projects are efforts by real people to do something they love, something fun, or at least something of note. These stories unfold through blog posts, pics, and videos as people bring their ideas to life. Take a peek around the site and see what we’re talking about. Stories abound.