With the final tally in, World of Change’s first-ever ChangeFest added up to a rousing success: the nearly two tons of change on display on Saturday October 28 at L.L.Bean in Freeport totaled $32,099.84 – including $6,567.79 in spare change donated at the public event to help children and families in need. Together with matching challenges and other contributions, more than $52,000 in impact investments will be made to World of Change's nonprofit partners in its first eight months since publicly launching in March.
Making a difference doesn't take much. A Maine-based non-profit is proving that by helping to change the world using the change in your pockets.
Inside a kindergarten class, there is a world of change going on.
The children are learning how a little thing, can make a big difference.
With Americans sitting on an estimated $10 billion in loose change, a new Maine nonprofit is hoping to get those coins circulating again - and get more people involved in projects that will help their communities.
It's called World of Change.
Matt Hoidal wants to make philanthropy accessible to everybody with something simple: spare change.
“There’s an opportunity to do something with this change that is just sitting there,” said the longtime nonprofit executive, who is launching a new nonprofit that aims to convert loose change into social change. “There is a world’s worth of change within arm’s reach.”
World of Change (www.worldofchange.world) will work with sponsors on a wide-range of community- and school-based events and programs, including change drives, Classroom Change Kits and ChangeFest, to collect donations – and to secure matching donors to double the impact. Partnering with established nonprofits and programs, World of Change will target 100 percent of the funds raised to provide support in six areas: housing, food security, education, financial literacy, health and wellness, and children’s play.