What if classrooms could be built out of gratitude?
is a global celebration that aims to change the world through the power of gratitude. Originally founded with the name TweetsGiving in 2008, Epic Thanks
was one of the first efforts to successfully harness the power of Twitter for social good by inviting people to tweet messages of thanks, and inspiring thankful tweeters to make a gift in honor of that for which they were grateful.
In its first year, the event raised over $11,000 to build a classroom out of gratitude in Arusha, Tanzania, and became the #1 trending topic on Twitter as grateful tweets from across the globe filled the stream. Ultimately, the twitter handle of each contributor was painted on the walls of the classroom built from gratitude
Widely considered a pioneering proof-of-concept in the use of social media for social good, TweetsGiving appeared in Mashable
, The Huffington Post
Over the past five years, from the gratitude of thousands, Epic Thanks has raised over $100,000 that has been invested in changemakers from Tanzania
and the US
, building classrooms, a library, a temporary home for disabled veterans and more.
Impact: To date, Epic Thanks has raised over $100,000 from pure gratitude. These funds have been invested to build two classrooms and a library at Shepherds Primary School and classrooms, a deep water well, restrooms, school kitchen, temporary boarding facilities, an Amazon Kindle library, solar power, a chicken house and a science lab at Shepherds Secondary School. In addition, Epic Thanks has supported small grants provided to changemakers selected by our online community – Subhash Ghimire in Nepal, and Mike Halley in Tampa, FL.
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