500 GIFTS FOR 500 YEARS
Non-profit organizations are in danger of closing due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting them at risk of shutting down the critical services they provide for the most vulnerable. At the recent 5th Asian Philanthropic Development Conference, representatives from NGOs and philanthropic development offices (PDOs) called for government support, funding, sponsorship, and investments, and stronger cooperation from philanthropists, the private sector, and civil society to help build their resilience and the sustainability of their advocacies and services to those most affected by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Philippines is celebrating the quincentenary of the Roman Catholic Church in the country. In his message to the Filipinos for the Jubilee celebration of the 500 Years of
Christianity in the Philippines, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of giving as a way to mark this unique milestone. “Renew your enthusiasm for evangelization. Reach out to others and bring them the hope and joy of the Gospel,” he said.
Social enterprise Spring Rain Global (SRG) is responding to the Church’s call to give and the urgent need in the Philippines in light of the pandemic with the “500 Gifts for 500 Years” campaign.
Calendar of activies
About the Event
The “500 Gifts for 500 Years” campaign is a platform organized by social enterprise Spring Rain Global (SRG) to help 14 Philippine-based philanthropic development offices (PDOs) raise funds to empower their workers who serve the most vulnerable. Leveraging the quincentenary of the Roman Catholic Church in the country, each participating PDO will receive mentorship and hands-on training on its 6-pillar capacitation model to attract 500 donations or pledges from September to December 2021. Proceeds from this multi-month campaign will support religious and lay missionaries who implement and sustain the PDOs’ life-giving advocacies, mission, and charisms.
- Celebrate 500 Years of Catholicism in the Philippines by supporting the development of 500 religious and lay people;
- Introduce and raise awareness about the vocation and charism of the PDOs in its ecosystem of good; and
- Minimum of 500 GIFTS to support the PDOs’ human capital to implement service projects and support lays and missions, which will be distributed to participating PDOs.
How Can I Help?
We hope that you can also support this campaign by being one of the 500 gift-giverswho will support the PDOs as they bring in, train, and form more priests, nuns, and lay collaborators to implement and sustain their life-giving missions, charisms, and advocacies.
We welcome gifts in kind or financial pledges or donations.
In-Kind Gifts for the SRG Gift Exchange
You may donate items, used or brand new, that may be exchanged for cash by other donors. Examples can be clothes, shoes, jewelry, artwork, appliances, etc.
500 Regalo para sa 500 Taon ng Kristiyanismo
G na G sa pagbibigay-saya sa ating kapwa Pilipino
We invite you to visit Spring Rain’s store in Lazada for an easy way to help and make a difference this Christmas. Support our various PDOs doing advocacies for the poor and needy – feeding, disaster relief, medical assistance, housing, livelihood assistance, education, care for the environment, help for Indigenous Peoples, etc.
This Christmas, let us support the 500 Gifts for 500 Years Campaign and give gifts for a cause – our humble gifts for Christ, the reason for the season.