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How Does It Work?

  • Step 1

    Review the projects hosted at iam2.org and consider support. The first project will be launching a retooled iam2.org, so we can use it as a tool to support other projects.

  • Step 2

    Donate to a project or provide for its specific needs, and rally others to do the same. When all the components are funded for the first project, iam2.org, then we will begin empowering other non-profits to aid children around the globe..

  • Step 3

    Follow the stories of the projects you support. Supporters will receive emails, videos, pictures, and other updates on the projects’ hardships, needs, and victories. At iam2.org, you are a part of the story.

Project #1 Creation of I am 2.org, Incorporated

“Iam2.org employs the collective power of social networks to give individuals a simple, interactive, and viral way to support non-profits providing food, water and protection for children here and around the world. Hosted non-profits can tell their stories and connect with supporters, while individuals can make a difference and multiply their impact. At Iam2.org, the power of one becomes the power of many.”

– Dan Bowling, Founder

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Entity Creation

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Logo

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501c3 Recognition

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501(c)3 Recognition

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Salary

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Matching Grants

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Non-Profit Partnerships

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Non-Profit Partners

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2,500 Launch Team Army

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Launch Team Army

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Launch Video

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Corporate Sponsors

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www.iam2.org

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Project #2 Bright Futures Children's Home

We’re thrilled to launch our first external project — Bright Futures Children’s Home – along with our excellent partner, BrightPoint for Children — an organization directed by Steve Smith from Marietta, Georgia, that runs an orphanage and school for impoverished children in Migori, Kenya.

Migori is the capital of its district and has a population of 35,000. Bright Futures Children’s Home presently cares for 37 children ranging in age from 6-16 and houses both boys and girls. Most are orphans or children who were on the streets.

They are in a rented facility that runs for approximately $125 US per month, and are at risk of losing their facility because of the landlord who is threatening a rent increase. A local church helps with very limited support for the children’s home, but the church is very poor.

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Agree on a Common Project

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Establish a Budget

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Promotion + Funding

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Stabilize Bright Futures

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Launch Sponsorship Awareness

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Secure New Facility

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Project Completion

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Project #3 Well For Rwanda Pediatric Hospital

“Our third project – with Beyond Poverty – is to put in a well for the only pediatric hospital in Rwanda. It’s a country of 8 million people but only 400 doctors. To our understanding, this is the only pediatric hospital in the entire country. Check back soon for more details!”

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3 Things We'd Like You To Know Before You Give

  • 100% Matching Funds

    Grants, foundations and corporations will match your donations dollar-for-dollar.

    Once we are fully funded, the projects we sponsor will have matching grants, and supporters can use social network tools to expand their support even further. That’s empowering the collective.

  • 100% of your donation goes directly to the field.

    Once iam2.org is funded and launched, every dollar you donate will go to support the projects you sponsor. A separate group of private sponsors will handle our operating costs.

  • 501(c)(3) Status Pending

    As long as we are approved by 2012, your contributions to iam2.org will be entirely tax deductible. We’re hopeful this won’t be an issue. You can help expedite the process by donating to cover our legal fees!”

Blog

Getting Started!
February 4, 2012 | 5:37 pm CDT
by TimothyDalrymple

We’ve finally begun to spread the word about iam2.org and the extraordinary things it could accomplish.  The missing ingredient is…well, the missing ingredient is YOU.  We need your involvement.  iam2.org is about banding together and accomplishing great things as a community.

Thanks to bloggers like Elizabeth Scalia (“The Anchoress“), Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed) and Justin Taylor (Between Two Worlds) for helping spread the word through their blogs or social networks.  Please do the same!  Please use the Share buttons to tell people about iam2 on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.  We need to gather the initial financial support we need in order to build this website and this ministry into everything it can be.  Please donate.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the very first thing (well before we went “public”) that iam2.org’s founder, Dan Bowling, wrote at this site.  It’s called “Her Name Is Cecilia”:

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Her name was Cecilia. Her black hair was striped with gray, and her eyes filled with tears as she saw me approach.

It was the kind of summer day you only find in Atlanta. The stifling heat rises off the asphalt and concrete, and the air is nearly too thick to breathe. Outside was the last place I wanted to be, but I knew I could help a few people get through the day if I passed out water. Plus, I honestly had nothing better to do.

That’s when I encountered Cecilia.

We began to talk. She had no other way to get water, but it wasn’t the water t hat had moved her. It was the fact that someone had taken the time to help. All it had taken was a water bottle and a moment out of my day to make her feel loved. She felt important. She felt noticed.

How much is a water bottle worth to you? It meant nothing to me — and everything to her. Our exchange left a smile on my face and a spark of excitement in my gut as I began the drive back to the air-conditioned comfort of my apartment in the suburbs.

But something happened on the way home. With every block, I passed more people who fought the elements alone. More people who sought what Cecelia had found: a sense that they were not forgotten. Their expressions of despair weighed on me. What could one person do?

It’s easy to feel hopeless. Even right here in America, 100,000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 are forced into prostitution every year. Seventeen million children in go to bed every night malnourished, and 1.5 million American children are homeless. The problems are so vast; we don’t know where to start. And so we never start.

That’s why I’ve invited you here. Together, we can change these statistics. Together, we can take our success and transform it into significance.

I can’t do it alone. And neither can you. Let’s come alongside one another to fund and create Iam2.org, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will empower hundreds of other non-profits to transform our world, by giving individuals a simple way to make a profound impact.

Are you ready to attempt something great? I am too . Are you ready to come together and make an impact? I am too. Are you ready to save lives, give hope, and forge a great legacy? I am too. Without you, I am alone and limited. With you, I am 2, and together we can do something great.

I am honored to partner with you and thankful for your support.

-Dan Bowling, Founder

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You can also see my explanation for why I got involved.  Please bookmark this blog and come back frequently, as I’ll be posting updates as well as some basic information about who’s behind this project and why we believe (and pray) that it will succeed and have an impact for the good.

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