A Brief History
In November of 2010, an article by Carol Loomis, senior-editor-at-large of Fortune Magazine, on the CNN website The $600 Billion Challenge, described a challenge posed by Warren Buffett, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, to America’s billionaires: pledge half their net worth to charity either in their lifetime, or at their time of death. If the nation’s billionaires were to accept this challenge it would conceivably change the face of philanthropy. A related article in the NY Times online noted, “The Bloomberg administration stated ‘…that the number of people living on New Yorkʼs streets and subways soared 34 percent in a year, signaling a setback in one of the cityʼs most intractable problems.’”
After pondering these articles, listening to various inspirational speakers and being challenged by some close friends I wondered, “even though I'm not monetarily wealthy, is there something more I can do to help my community and city? I live in a city of 8.4 million people. What would it look like if everyone, wealthy and not wealthy, gave just one dollar to help fight this ever-growing, seemingly unsolvable problem of homelessness? Is it even possible?"
From these questions, the seed was planted which has grown into Do You Have One Dollar Dot org: a philanthropic social challenge which asks if one million New Yorkers can give just one dollar each to help the homeless, poor, and hungry of New York City. The Do You Have One Dollar campaign will give all New Yorkers, whether they are Billionaires, Millionaires, Thousandaires, or even Hundredaires the opportunity to change the face of philanthropy, by giving just one dollar each.
With that, I pass the baton to you, New York City. So what do you say? Do You Have One Dollar?
Eric Briarley is the founder of DoYouHaveOneDollar.org. His foray into the world of fundraising started with several small, yet successful, fundraising events leveraging Facebook groups to help close friends in need. From those seminal experiences through a series of events over the past year, Eric decided to combine his talent for networking with his lifelong dream of creating social change. With the help and creativity of an outstanding team, DoYouHaveOneDollar.Org has arrived.
Eric is thrilled about the possibilities of such a forward-thinking campaign and is incredibly grateful to his family, friends, The Bowery Mission, and for the amazing team that is helping to support this potentially groundbreaking endeavor.
Before founding Do You Have One Dollar, Eric has spent the majority of his professional career as an actor, singer and songwriter (www.ericbriarley.com). However, before everything else, he's a father and husband to his amazing son Eli and supportive wife Amanda.
Matt coordinates and oversees the execution of all creative and promotional efforts for DoYouHaveOneDollar.org. He has been a creative professional in New York City for over ten years and his experience spans the fields of traditional and digital media, as well as audio and video production.
He is currently the Associate Design Director at RepEquity, a Washington, DC-based digital agency with creative offices in New York City. An avid singer/songwriter and photographer, you can find Matt spending his down time either playing gigs around town or trying to get that next great shot of his favorite city.
Elyse defines the visual direction for DoYouHaveOneDollar.org. An award-winning Creative Director at RepEquity who has worked with some of the most recognizable names in both the advertising and television industries, she brings a highly trained eye, as well as a seasoned understanding of visual communications, to the campaign.
Also a Brooklyn-based artist, Elyse spends her spare time painting and screen-printing and is currently working on a series which will debut in 2012.
Jonathan Walton is DoYouHaveOneDollar.org’s volunteer coordinator. He has worked to inspire students and volunteers to turn their faith into concrete, sustainable action for the last 7 years, first as a member of World Vision’s Speaker’s Bureau and now as Director of InterVarsity’s NYCUP as well as DoYouHaveOneDollar.org.
He is the author of three books of poetry and short stories, an abolitionist investigator for the Not For Sale Campaign, and Board Member of the Love Kitchen in Washington Heights. Walton is available to speak on a variety of topics, not limited to but including: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the arts and faith, “hard questions about God,” justice and poverty, creative activism and strategic development. Walton is also available to teach poetry workshops and guest lecture at every level.
Glenn Cook is a writer, editor, and photographer based in the Greater Washington, D.C., area. His photographs, featured in the official DoYouHaveOneDollar.org campaign video, were taken during visits to New York from February to October, where his son was working on Broadway. See more of Glenn’s work on his webiste: lifeasarealityshow.blogspot.com