Hey there, all you sexy, sexy fellas...

... do some good and read a book. It's for a worthy cause. 

Here's the skinny: First Book is a swell organization that provides books to children in need. Hot Dudes Reading is an Instagram account dedicated to -- you guessed it -- photos of hot dudes reading. 

So... put your hands together... (as in combine the ideas, not as in the way an annoying master of ceremonies tells one to applaud, though this is an applause-worthy idea)


It's super-easy. First, you spot a hot dude reading. Like so. 

Gentlemen, this is your cue to get out there with your sexy selves and read. Books. Actual books. Made from paper. Not Kindles, e-readers, i-Devices, what-have-you. We good? Cool. 

Okay, observers of beautiful men, this part's all you: Snap a photo of the hot dude who is reading. If he is actually into his book and not just trying to look all sensitive and intellectual, he won't notice, and you won't have to worry about looking like a creeper*. Excellent. 

Next, post the photo of the hot dude reading to Instagram/Twitter. Like so.

Support great American literature.

Support great American literature.

Use the hashtag #hotdudesreadingforacause. Be sure to tag @FirstBook, @HotDudesReading and, of course, @TheDailyDoGood. Then add this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hot-dudes-reading-for-a-cause and ask your friends/followers/pervy Internet stalkers to make a donation to First Book. 

And as our friends across the pond might say, Bob's your uncle. Which, incidentally, happens to be true in my case. My mother's brother is indeed named Bob. 


*In the event that you are spotted, politely explaining that you are supporting a worthy cause is not only a good way to spread the word about First Book's campaign, it's also potentially a really good pickup line. Just sayin'.

About the author: Holly Leber is the editorial director at The Daily Do Good. The #hotdudereadingforacause pictured above belongs to her, so hands off, ladies!  

DDG Wants You!

The Daily Do Good is looking for dedicated volunteers who want to help spread a little sunshine in the world. If you are a believer in the power of doing good and giving back, we might love you.

Do you enjoy talking to people? Know your affects from your effects? Are you a digital diva or graphics guru? Can you talk people into giving us their money? Can you write? No seriously, are you any good? We might really love you.

Here’s who we need:

Content Crafters
Writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers… come forth! We are looking for people who know how to tell a story, be it in words or pictures. The work includes interviewing folks, so a journalism background is helpful, but not necessary. Grammar nerds, raise your hands. Contact Holly Leber, Editorial Director, at staff@dailydogood.co.

Marketing Mavens
Love makes the world go ‘round, but we can’t run this business on love alone. So, frankly put: We need money. And in order to get money, we need as many people as possible to know about us and love us. We’re seeking marketing assistants with strong research abilities. Experience in crowdfunding is a huge plus. Show us your sales savvy – sell us on YOU! Contact Saranah Holmes, President, at s.holmes@dailydogood.co

Social Media Specialists
Are you all a-Twitter? Did you teach your Gram to Instagram? Do you have more Facebook friends than people you’ve actually met in your lifetime? Give us some #LOVE. Attend fundraisers, post pics and comments (how fun is that?!), and just generally tweet your face off about @TheDailyDoGood. Contact Crystal Davis, Social Media Manager at crystalndavis@gmail.com


  •       Self-starters – must be able to problem-solve and manage time well
  •       Good communicators – respond efficiently and keep us in the loop
  •       Be able to work remotely without immediate supervision
  •       Approximately 10 hours a week (15 for crowdfunding)
  •       Weekly e-mail check-in
  •       Monthly meeting  

Tell us why you want to work with The Daily Do Good. Include a resume and a few pertinent work samples. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

 Do Good, Feel Good!


Giving for the Social Media Generation

This article was written for the Miami Herald by Daily Do Good writer Marcella McCarthy. It is reproduced here exactly as printed on the Herald's website. 

The cultural change toward frugality that took place among millennials during the recession has affected the way they give back to society.

It’s no longer “hip” to pay $500 for a gala ticket. As such, organizations have had to reinvent their strategies to attract young donors.

The Miami Foundation, an organization that connects philanthropy with community needs, has capitalized on technology and social media. Through its Give Miami Day initiative, a 24-hour online campaign complete with a Twitter party, the foundation solicits donations from around the world for Miami-based charities.

“Part of our way of engaging millennials is to meet them where they are, which is online,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of the Miami Foundation.

In 2013, Give Miami Day raised $3.2 million in 24 hours. With minimum donations set at just $25, the campaign is more accessible for young people. This year, Give Miami Day 2014 will take place Nov. 20. As of last week, 173 Miami-based nonprofits had registered to participate. People can click on the charity they want to give to.

“Give Miami Day is a website, and it’s totally mobile so you can access it on your tablet or phone,” said Soto.

Give Miami Day isn’t just about raising money for today’s problems; it’s about developing a habit of giving back in young people.

“Today’s $25 Give Miami Day donor is tomorrow’s endowment builder,” Soto said.

Other groups are following the Miami Foundation’s example in wooing young people.

Marly Quinoces has created the PARK Project, which stands for ‘‘performing acts of random kindness.”

When Quinoces, 31, was growing up in Miami, she thought she had to be older to be a philanthropist, but she said that when she learned the broader meaning of philanthropy, she realized that giving of her time and skills was also just as important.

PARK Project is a nonprofit that earned third place in 2013 in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. One of its events, the 5K PARK Fest encourages runners, walkers and cheerers to sign up for $40, half of which will go to a charity of their choice.

The project has benefits for both the nonprofit beneficiaries, which can register for free, and the runners and walkers, who start building a team of like-minded people with whom they can work out and socialize.

To help get the word out, PARK Project supplies the charities with communication materials, from pre-written emails to Twitter posts. The only thing the organizations have to do is reach out to their networks.

“You’re giving them everything they need to be successful,” she said.

The idea of doing the heavy lifting for charities that have suffered from the financial downturn is the concept behind Philanthrofest.

Philanthrofest, begun by Miami native Estrella Sibilia, 35, puts together what Sibilia describes as a “job fair within a carnival.” Charities come together to create an event where the public can not only sign up to help, but can learn about the services that are available to them within the community.

Prior to founding Philanthrofest, Sibilia worked in real estate development in Miami.

“I’ve spent years building the skyline, so now I’m building the community around the skyline,” she said.

Philanthrofest 2015 will be held in Miami’s new Museum Park on April 11.

Sibilia also helps organizations with their communication efforts, giving them the tools to build their own marketing campaigns.

“We host digital engagement institutes to teach nonprofits how to engage with social media so they can amplify and build their audience,” she said.

At last year’s Philanthrofest, about 100 organizations participated, Sibilia said. Throughout the year, she has heard stories of how the organizations have helped change people’s lives.

Meanwhile, other organizations are asking young donors to give their talents and skills to a cause.

Blair Butterfield, 33, originally from North Florida, is the founder of Colony1, which she bills as Miami’s “first sustainability center.”

With a net-zero water and energy building in the design phases, Colony1 will be located at 550 NW 52nd St. on a 14,000-square-foot plot of land donated by Miami-Dade County. They began work on the site in June.

Butterfield, director of the Art of Cultural Evolution, a nonprofit, said the site will host a “teaching and learning garden.”

“Instead of paying to harvest your own vegetables, you’ll be growing your own food and taking it home. We’re going to have a local food kitchen that is going to offer one organic meal a day. People who eat that food will be learning to cook that food, too,” she said.

But for those who just want to drop by and pick up some fresh organic food for their household, they can bring their own containers and shop at the zero packaging store. Goods at the store will be grown at Colony1’s 2.5-acre plot of land in Homestead.

All the work for Colony1, from the design to the engineering, has been done by volunteers, who are predominantly millennials.

“There are so many young people [here] who have so many great talents — and so all these people have come together and offered their skills,” she said.


Colony1: www.artofculturalevolution.org

Park Project: www.parkproject.org

Philanthrofest: www.philanthrofest.com

Miami Foundation: www.miamifoundation.org

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/helping-others/article3606576.html#storylink=cpy


Outtakes with Carla Hall

She's a chef, TV host, cookbook author and soon-to-be restaurant owner. Carla Hall took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about one of her favorite organizations, DC Central Kitchen, and to answer some fun questions just for you! 


Is it scientifically possible to eat just one your Petite Cookies?
“No! You don’t have to choose just one. There’s a smorgasboard.”

What is your favorite cooking smell?
“That’s hard! Would it be a cake in the oven, or my grandmother’s cornbread… let’s say bread baking. I have this fascination with bread baking…”

What is your least favorite cooking smell?
"Being from the South, it would have to be something like pig’s feet, that smells really funky, or chitlins…. When you’re like “what the hell?”

With all due respect to your husband, do you have any celebrity crushes?
“My husband knows I have a crush on Jamie Oliver. I told Jamie “it’s okay, my husband knows that I love you, too.”

What is, no holds barred, no political correctness, no apologies, the best kind of pie to have at Thanksgiving?
“I honestly would like peach cobbler. I honestly know peaches aren’t in season, but if I had some canned, I would do a peach cobbler. Or cherry. Sour cherry cobbler.”

Play a round of ‘Bang, Marry, Kill’ with your gentlemen co-stars (Clinton Kelly, Michael Symon, Mario Batali)
Aw, dang, this is going to be so hard… Marry Clinton.. oh wow… this is like asking, which of your brothers would you bang or kill? I’ll kill both of them! I’m more grossed out by the bang part than I am by the kill part. I wouldn’t want to bang either of them… you’re giving me the willies! Okay, bang Michael, kill Mario… Gross!

Why is The Daily Do Good truly awesome?
The Daily Do Good is awesome because 1) it reminds you to do good, 2) they do with a smile and laughter, and 3) they ask you tough questions that you all want to hear.