Social Good: Giving A Little Means A Lot

The phrase “a little goes a long way” is often lost on the people who don’t have much to give. In our hurry to make ends meet, we often forget about how little it really takes to make a difference in someone else’s life.

There are many companies and websites that boast the facts of how inexpensive it is to help others. World Vision’s website,, details all of the animals and helpful resources you can send to children and families in impoverished countries. For $25, you can send two chickens. For $50, you can send a fishing kit.

All of these resources are wonderful, and help foster a connection between needy and developing nations and communities like the ones that are most common in the United States, communities that can afford to give $25 to fight hunger.

But let’s make it even simpler than that:

If you’re like many Americans, you have to have your morning coffee. Let’s assume that you’re a Starbucks person, and that you stick to a simple hot coffee. If you get a Grande freshly brewed coffee every morning, you’re spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.39 on your coffee every day.

That means that if you pay with $3, you’re getting back 61 cents every day. If you saved that change in a jar for a year, you would end up with $222.65. And in reality, that’s probably without noticing a thing. Because most of that change would’ve been tossed into the bottom of your purse or into the cup holder, right?

But there’s a way to make it even simpler:

There are about 320 million people living in the United States. If each of those citizens donated just one dollar, the country as a whole would be able to donate $320 million dollars to help people in need. And most people probably wouldn’t even realize they had lost a dollar.

The idea of social good is not one that insists that you must give all you have to those who have less than you, or even that you must give a large amount in order to contribute to the betterment of the world.

On the contrary, the concept of social good is all in the intention, and in the desire to help those who are less fortunate than you. It doesn’t matter if all you can give is one dollar, because if everyone who is able would give just one dollar, the world would have billions of dollars to use on promoting growth, wealth, and health in impoverished places.

See you next time around!

Matt Panzo | CEO & Co-Founder