Ok, here is the quick and dirty…. no money needed, just your ideas
I would LOVE to do 2 things with this little idea-fest:
1) turn $1000 into $5000 (or more??) for charity
2) send you on a sick trip to somewhere you have always wanted to go
If you come up with the best idea for how to turn 1K into 5K, for charity, you get airfare, paid by me, anywhere in North America or Central America.
You can go wherever you want, you can hit a beach in Mexico, pop over to NYC , kill your liver in Vegas, go see a Houston Rockets game, check out the Panama Canal, come see me in Costa Rica for some surfing and yoga, enjoy some night life in New Orleans, make fun of Newfies in Newfoundland, smoke some cigars in Nicaragua, ride some trollies in San Francisco, or go eat frogs legs in Montreal… it don’t matter to me! All I care about is turning a bit of cash into a bit more cash for charity, and having some fun in the process 🙂
Here are some sample ideas to get the juices flowin:
-buy a bunch of t-shirts for cheap, get em printed with something catchy, and sell em for more (200 shirts bought at $5 and sold at $25 equals $5000)
-put on a pub crawl or two: rent a bus, get free access through “the dude you know” at the clubs, sell shots during the event, and have a wet t-shirt contest that the pervy guys watching have to pay to watch… in other words, create HUGE value for your pub crawlers, then charge everyone $50 a head and do it till you make $5000
-facebook the crap out of everyone you know, asking for donations and put on a party for everyone who donates ($1000 buys a lot of drinks)…. if you get $10 from half of your friends… you might be at $5000… don’t think that would work? Check out what Zac Whyte did in less than 2 days with nothin but $100 and a few facebook posts, OR talk to my buddy, Dane Low, who raised around 17K for charity with facebook alone.
-put on a competition at a few elementary schools, give $2 to each student (this can be done by the staff), and teach them to be entrepreneurs by giving them ideas of how to turn it into $10 or more. Then collect it back after a week, and see who did the best. Kids love competitions, and teaching youngsters to be entrepreneurs in PARAMOUNT. Actually it is my friend, Mike Tan’s, passion. He has tons of amazing ideas on how to do something like this. Hit him up if you want way better ideas than I can think of.
-hire a band or comedian with the $1000 at your church, your university, or other group you belong to and charge $20 a head PLUS shamelessly ask for donations at the end of it 🙂
-get bracelets made by www.wristbandconnection.com for uber cheap that represent something amazing to you, and sell them for 5 times as much… as the proceeds will all be going to charity.
The possibilities are endless, and you are one little brain wave away from having a free trip to an epic destination.
Oh ya, and you and I will be carrying that idea of yours out too, which will be WAY more fun than you can imagine 🙂 I will send you the $1000, we will rock it together, and we will pick the charity that gets to receive your generous gift.
IDEAS TO BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 24th, 2010 at 11:59pm via email to firstname.lastname@example.org A video email would be super cool, but typed will be great too.
Let me know what ya think!
PS – as for judging the entries, I have 3 very intelligent and philanthropic friends of mine, Andrew Hewitt, Darren Olstad, and Dane Low who will check em over and determine whose idea is the best fit. If there are a few ideas that are unreal, then all of them will win trips. The more the merrier!!! OR if your idea is truly stupendous and successful, and you want to go somewhere else, then we will open it up to you going anywhere in the world… that would be the best case scenario. Africa anyone???