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Give It Up 4 Peace
Give It Up 4 Peace

This October,

Give up something for the month & raise money to help communities at risk use tech for peace.

At PeaceGeeks, we work with refugees, immigrants and communities at risk to build the digital tools they need for peace and humanitarian action. Join us to #GiveItUp4Peace! It's not too late to sign up, or donate now to support our projects helping communities that are forced to give up everything due to conflict and displacement.

 

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31 days. 1 thing you "can't live without".

Will you give up

coffee plastics sugar microwaves texting driving meat take-out television shopping alcohol electronics

for peace?

Participating Teams

Meet some of the individuals fundraising

Supporting tech for peace

Every day, conflict and crisis force people to give up their life as they know it. In a time of increasing polarization in digital spaces, the world needs more peacebuilders than ever before.

PeaceGeeks is a Vancouver-based nonprofit that builds digital tools to empower communities in the pursuit of peace. Join us to make a difference!

Here are the projects you're supporting:


Pathways helps refugees and immigrants start their new life in Canada, every step of the way.


Designed alongside newcomers and settlement organizations in Metro Vancouver, including MOSAIC, ISSofBC and SUCCESS, the Pathways app helps newcomers create a timely action plan to settle and thrive in Canada, personalized to their needs and circumstances. Learn more.

Your funds will:

  • Support the app launch and scale it across Canada
    Help us ensure the app successfully reaches newcomers most in need, in British Columbia and beyond

  • Connect newcomers to people who can help them navigate their next career
    Support the development of a new app module that matches newcomers with their most relevant employment mentors in the community



Meshkat Community (مجتمع مِشكاة) empowers the next generation of digital peacebuilders to challenge violence and polarization online.


Launched by PeaceGeeks in Jordan, Meshkat Community hosts workshops, incubation programs, collaborative networks and runs a digital hub for youth and members of at-risk communities. Participants learn to use the power of locally-relevant content — blogs, audio, videos, visual art, social media — to strengthen peace and tolerance online. Learn more.

Your funds will:

  • Catalyze the Digital Peace Youth Network
    Equip at-risk Jordanian youth to convene and engage with their peers in positive and responsible ways, and act as active peacebuilders in their communities

  • Set up Digital Peace Creators Labs
    Provide youth in under-resourced communities a community space to regularly access media equipment, meet mentors and incubate projects

  • Enable more workshops and incubation programs
    Convene community members to understand local risk factors of violence and collaborate on content that responds positively to their community's vulnerabilities

How It Works

PeaceGeeks Register for GiveItUp4Peace

1
Register

Sign up on your own or with a team!

PeaceGeeks Pick something for GiveItUp4Peace

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Pick Something

Decide what you will give up for the month of October.

PeaceGeeks Fundraise for GiveItUp4Peace

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Fundraise

Set a and ask your friends to donate to support communities in pursuit of peace.

PeaceGeeks Participate in GiveItUp4Peace

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Give It Up!

From Oct. 1-31, complete your Give It Up challenge every day. Share your journey using #GiveItUp4Peace

Why #GiveItUp4Peace?

Today, digital tools like hacking, bots and social media are changing the face of conflict and crisis, calling for new and intentional thinking on how we use technology for good.

With over 68.5 million people displaced globally, meeting the world's growing needs requires more than traditional aid.

In 2016, people like you raised over $30,000 to help launch the Services Advisor web app for the United Nations Refugee Agency. The app provides critical information that continues to connect the 3+ million refugees in Jordan and Turkey to humanitarian services such as food, shelter, medicine and protection.

This year, our goal is to raise $45,000. Your funds raised will support projects like the Pathways app that helps newcomers settle in Canada, and Meshkat Community which empowers the next generation of digital peacebuilders in Jordan to combat hate and violence online.

Corporate Teams

Join leading companies in giving it up and make a positive impact for refugees, immigrants and communities at risk of conflict!

#GiveItUp4Peace is a great way to propel tech for peace and humanitarian action, while engaging employees in a fun and competitive challenge.

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Benefits for you

  • An online Fundraising Page for your team
  • A designated PeaceGeeks ambassador to help you meet your goals
  • PeaceGeeks can host a Lunch & Learn for your team
  • Opportunities to volunteer with PeaceGeeks
  • Marketing opportunities and brand visibility

Interested in sponsorship?

Our corporate partners, which include businesses of diverse sizes and industries, are integral to making #GiveItUp4Peace possible, such as sponsoring our Launch Party and other campaign aspects. Contact Cherrie at (604) 338 6831 for more info.

Meet the #GiveItUp4Peace Community


  • Don't forget to make your pledge video!

    Tell us what you're giving up and challenge someone else to #GiveItUp4Peace! Upload your video to YouTube or Instagram -- use the hashtag #giveitup4peace!


  • Put up a Poster!

    Download the PDF file here, made just for you! Put it up in the office or share it with your friends.


  • Your all in one guide for getting started

    howto.giveitup4peace.org is your guide to learn more about the campaign and how to participate

  • PeaceGeeks Give It Up 4 Peace

    "#GiveItUp4Peace is a perfect charity drive to engage your team because it mixes fun and good natured competition with a sincere understanding of how people in war torn areas largely go without."

    Steve Lowry

    Clio (formerly at Discover Media House)

  • PeaceGeeks Give It Up 4 Peace

    "Way before tech for good had its own hashtag, PeaceGeeks was out in the world trying to figure out how to use tech to level the playing field for people living through the most harrowing conflicts and crises on the planet. Tech is the medium but it's humanity that shines through PeaceGeeks' work."

    Andrea Reimer

    Councillor, City of Vancouver

  • PeaceGeeks Give It Up 4 Peace

    "Meshkat Community and PeaceGeeks provide a real opportunity to unify efforts in the institutions of Zarqa Governorate and build their capacity to plan and implement campaigns to curb racism and hate speech."

    Stage TP

    Youth theatrical production organization, Meshkat Community National Alliance Partner

  • PeaceGeeks Give It Up 4 Peace

    "In October 2016, my boyfriend, Ian, and I joined PeaceGeek’s #GiveItUp4Peace campaign.

    Ian decided to give up the word, “No.” I often ask Ian to try new adventures with me – like “Let’s canoe to Pitt River Hot Springs” or “Let’s try out this new restaurant” – and his reactions range from “Not a chance” to “Maybe another time.” #GiveItUp4Peace helped Ian see how often he says no. It also showed me how frequently I ask Ian for things.

    #GiveItUp4Peace is a great campaign and I’m excited to participate again! This year I’m giving up social media. I’d like to say a huge thank you to PeaceGeeks for providing a fun opportunity for self-reflection and goal setting."

    Bethany Dobson

    Past Participant (2016)