Thursday, August 13, 2009

Birthday Causes on Facebook

For some reason the August-November seems to be the time when all my friends and loved ones have birthdays. That's good, because there's a great new(ish) feature on Facebook called "Birthday Causes," where people can donate to the cause of your choice in honor of your birthday.

Here's how it works: You should receive a message a couple of weeks before your birthday saying something like "Your birthday is coming up, would you like people to donate to your cause for your birthday." When you click "yes" and indicate which cause you would like donations to go to (Hint hint, Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection is a Cause on Facebook). You then can indicate which friends this invitation to donate should go to and voila! Happy Birthday, someone has donated to your favorite cause for your birthday. I know at least a couple of my friends did that for me in lieu of presents, which was greatly appreciated.

Word of warning though, sometimes these cause invites show up in your spam or junk e-mail box (I know this because I found an invitation from a friend in AmeriCorps asking to donate to the organization that she's working with for her birthday). Maybe send out another message to everybody to check their junk or spam as well to make sure they get the invite.

Of course, even if it isn't your birthday, you should encourage people to donate to your cause.
For Cabrini Connections, you can donate online using PayPal or send a check made out to "Cabrini Connections" and mail it to:

Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection
800 W. Huron, First Floor
Chicago, IL 60642


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