NO BIRTHDAY FOR ME! The Charity:Water Fundraiser

July 7, 2012


I’m in Portland as we speak for The World Domination Summit.  Today, I heard the founder of Charity:Water speak and it stoked the fires within me- my birthday is in two weeks and it was like this just made perfect sense.

I am surrounded by blessings, but in this time of rapid transition, sometimes I feel I lack purpose and direction.  Hearing Scott Harrison, Charity:Water’s founder speak today was a much needed anchor to the mind and heart of a dreamer.  What a beautiful opportunity and a profound blessing, two weeks before my birthday.


There is such a need for clean water.  Water is something I’ve always taken for granted and give little thought to- but what if you had to choose between giving water to your children, your spouse, or to clean and sanitize your home or cook food with a limited water supply?  What choices would you make if you only could lug a few gallons of water home each day?  Who would have to go thirsty?

But for us first world-ers..let me put in water would also mean NO BEER and in a time of celebration and innovation at The World Domination summit, I would like to share a little bit of the profound blessings I feel now.



Imagine not being able to take a shower. To cook your food.  To water your plants.  To hydrate your pets, loved ones, or clean your clothes.  Charity:Water makes clean drinking water a reality for people all around the world.


The business model is innovative- you know where the money is red-tape businessey bullcrapola.  No black holes of donations or annoying mailing address labels you didn’t even want (see rant: here.) No selling your name to a thousand other orgs.  Just good works.


This year I’m giving up my birthday. I turn 26 in 2 weeks.  No cake, no presents, no overpriced martinis.  Just Charity:Water.  I want to share this blessing I have.


I’m not having a birthday this year so other people can have access to clean drinking water.  

$2600 will provide 130 people with water.  That’s my insane goal, but it feels good.


See more about Charity: Water Here.

Donate to my Anti-Birthday Campaign for Charity:Water Here.


arlright- end plea here…I’m going back to the crazy streets of Portland to meet up with amazing #WDS2012’ers and drink more beer. Hooray for moi!  Much love to all of you, and thank you 🙂 

7 comments so far.

7 responses to “NO BIRTHDAY FOR ME! The Charity:Water Fundraiser”

  1. Beth says:

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  2. Shannyn says:

    Thank you! $2600 is a huge goal, but I’m praying it will come together!

  3. What a great idea! I hope you reach your goal!

  4. Erin says:

    We’re cheering for you!

  5. Patricia says:

    Good luck! Using your blog to spread the world is a great way to bring attention to this issue. It’s coming from an unexpected source.

  6. Breanna says:

    I love charity:water, so good to see bloggers giving back. This is why I read your blog!

  7. Clean Water says:

    […] past July, my friend Shannyn at Frugal Beautiful gave up her 26th birthday and instead ran a charity:water campaign, raising $2,601 to help build wells and give clean water […]


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