Why Outdoor Lab made their birthday matter more...

Recently at the Foundation we have been diving into gathering more information about using the Facebook tools to encourage people to donate their birthday to Outdoor Lab. Last week we received a donation from Facebook and it happened to be because a community member decided to donate their birthday to Outdoor Lab.

We wanted to know how Outdoor Lab made this specific individual’s birthday matter more. They decided to write a guest blog to share with you all how much their birthday mattered and why they encourage others to donate their birthday to Outdoor Lab.

“I went to Outdoor Lab in sixth-grade and I was screaming and crying on the bus. I did not want to go. I was an extremely introverted kid with no reason to want to go spend a week with my classmates. To my surprise it turned into the best week of my life.

Here we are years down the road since I attended Outdoor Lab and I still realize how the program affects me every day. I just finished my undergrad and in reflecting on my experience I realized I went onto higher education because of Outdoor Lab.

I received a full ride scholarship and I specifically talked about my experience at Outdoor Lab and how it shaped me into the individual I am today. I don’t doubt that identifying this experience aided me in receiving my scholarship.

I started to see many of my friends donate their birthday to charitable causes on Facebook and I wanted to give it a try. I thought I would maybe raise $100. I raised $375. I was shocked. The generosity this community has for Outdoor Lab is astounding clearly all I needed to do was find the right channel to bring us all back together again. I heard from people that I WENT TO OUTDOOR LAB WITH in sixth grade. This is a huge reminder that this program is instilled in people for the rest of their lives and anyway they can give back, they will. This made my birthday matter so much more.”

This could be your story next. If you are looking for one of the easiest ways to give back to Outdoor Lab and even connect with people you went to Outdoor Lab with, check out our step by step guide about how to donate your birthday to a beloved program. We can’t wait to make your birthday matter more this year! Click here to get started. 

P.S. Shannon the Executive Director at the Foundation is donating her birthday next… who will join her?

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