An Exclusive Interview with Giverb
Recently, Al McFarland sat down at the Minnesota State Fair to speak with the founder of Giverb, a company doing something really special to promote learning, education, and community involvement.
More Than Just Another Children's Book
The interview opened with discussions around "ABCs of Twin Cities," an open contest inviting people of all ages to showcase their artistic talents. This isn't just a one-time endeavor or another children's book; it is a love letter to the Twin Cities. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes directly towards funding projects for local schools through donors from around the world. The other half goes to the "Giverb Youth for Positive Impact" program.
Nurturing Young Minds through Experiential Learning
When asked about the core mission of the Giverb Youth program, the founder highlighted the focus on experiential education. Today's youth speak a digital language; they've grown up in a digital economy. Giverb aims to meet them where they are. It helps them connect with social enterprises in the Twin Cities, offers assistance with marketing, and generally equips them to use their skills to make a genuine impact.
For example, the founder, who has a teenager, pointed out that although young people may not feel like they have traditional skills, they are incredibly savvy when it comes to navigating the digital landscape. These skills can be extremely valuable to small business owners who don't have the time or know-how to capitalize on digital marketing.
Bridging the Gap
The Giverb project was born out of a personal journey. As a web designer who previously worked as a banker focusing on small businesses, the founder saw the gap between incredible businesses and their ability to market themselves effectively. As we transition more and more into a digital age, there are fantastic businesses that risk going under merely because they're not visible online.
A Personal Mission Rooted in Experience
The founder comes from a background that many can relate to: the child of immigrants from Panama and Jamaica who worked extremely hard but faced struggles like food insecurity and homelessness. These experiences have culminated in a deep understanding of the value of hard work and the importance of community. It has also sparked a passion for financial education, leading the founder from a role as a debt collector to a banker and eventually to the realm of experiential education.
How to Get Involved
For those looking to support this impactful initiative, artwork can be submitted online, and the book can be pre-ordered through Giverb's website. Remember, the proceeds go to incredible causes that aim to not just teach, but also empower our youth and communities.
This inspiring discussion gives us a glimpse of what can be achieved when passion meets purpose. The Giverb initiative serves as a remarkable example of how businesses can go beyond profits to make a lasting impact on communities and generations to come. In a time when the need for community-focused programs and educational initiatives is ever-increasing, Giverb's mission is a compelling reminder that change starts with us.
To learn more about how you can be a part of this change, visit https://www.giverb.com .