GIG 50-50: Uncovering 50 Inspiring Stories from 50 States

Go Inspire Go is on a mission to tell the stories of 50 real life heroes in 50 states!
Toan Lam
Video / Web
San Francisco, California
United States
13 Team Members
How GIG came about ... the story of Toan, GIG's Founder...
Toan's Family

My name is Toan Lam and I'm the "Chief Inspirator" of Go Inspire Go (GIG). I believe that if you tell a story authentically and leverage social media, the community will be inspired to take action.

When I was a kid (yes that is me with the #12 tee making the goofy face), we moved from one bad neighborhood to another in Sacramento. Stories and books were my passport out of my reality of gangs, drugs and violence. Many years later, I became a television news reporter to give back to my community by telling stories of hope. I quickly became disillusioned when I realized that the "news" my bosses wanted focused mostly on tragedy and despair.

After nearly 8 years in the TV industry, I took a leap of faith and left my career to create GIG. Four years later, 60+ volunteers are pitching in, 300,000+ people around the world have watched our content and thousands have used their power (network, resources and money) to help those we has featured through GIG.
Now we need YOU!

We’re just getting started. There are countless unsung heroes across the country, and we want to tell their stories - 50 of the most extraordinary individuals across our 50 states. As we’ve done with past GIG stories, our hope is that this will inspire others to dig deeper within and think about what we can do to make a difference.

So you can help by...

  1. Donating as much or as little as you can for this campaign, every donation will take us a long way
  2. Sharing this campaign and our content with your friends, family, colleagues
  3. Telling us about ordinary people doing extraordinary good in your community
  4. Smiling...because your smile is an inspiration! :)
  5. Donate - did we say that already?
How we’ll put your donation to spark inspiration

100% of donations will go towards production costs of stories to raise the visibility of local heroes and amplify their message.

The GIG team will crowdsource ideas and travel and produce as many videos as possible. In addition, we will enlist GIG Ambassadors nationwide to produce videos and photo essays as well. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 with the stretch goal of raising $50,000. The plans are for:

  • 10 original GIG videos and blogs
  • 10 ambassadors videos and blogs (stipends)
  • 30 ambassadors photo essays and blogs (stipends)

If we don’t make our stretch goal, we will produce as many stories as the raised funds will allow us to.

What will happen to this content as it's produced?

All produced content will be posted on the GIG website for the world to see and share. In addition, we will take our GIG content to TV networks and multimedia outlets and make sure that the magic of these heroes is shared even more widely. So many people tell us that TV content brings them down. We CAN change that TOGETHER!

Heroes who inspire us everyday

Meet some of the amazing people we’ve met and the impact we’ve sparked along the way:

NEW JERSEY: Go Inspire Go Helps Reverend Send 32 Kids to School in Haiti

Reverend Lemaire Alerte in New Jersey wanted to build a high school and educate 170+ students in his hometown of Grande Saline, Haiti. By shining a light on his story, we sent 32 kids to school for a year at his newly built school, Mahanaim High School in Haiti.


CALIFORNIA: 6-year-old Boy with Brain Cancer Brings Halloween to Sick Kids

Nico Castro, a 6-year-old brain cancer patient, felt bad that kids in his cancer ward didn’t get to celebrate his favorite holiday Halloween with costumes. So he created his own costume drive. After GIG caught wind of this, we helped him collect 200+ costumes for his sick friends in the hospital.


NEW YORK: “Angel in Queens”

New York school bus driver Jorge Munoz spends more than half of his $700 per week salary on food to feed more than 150 hungry people at a subway stop every night. Until his stove broke. After GIG highlighted Jorge’s story, it went viral with the global community responding with donations and offers to replace his broken stove from bloggers to Good Morning America. Thanks to the new stove, he and his family now spends half the time cooking meals.


Finally, a little admin info ...

We hope you are inspired and will donate to this campaign and also share it with your family, friends and colleagues. We are ever so grateful!

Note that Go Inspire Go is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and contributions made qualify for tax deductions according to the US Federal tax laws. Generally, contributions are tax-deductible minus the fair market value of any perks you receive. To deduct the full value of your contribution, you may choose not to receive the perk. For questions about tax deductibility, you should contact your tax advisor. Go Inspire Go will provide the value of any donations/goods/services received in an acknowledgement e-mail to you at the end of the campaign.

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This campaign ended on June 2, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Fuel Your Creativity E-Course

    Creativity does not always come easily. It takes fuel. Kat Sloma, photographer and an inspiration to our team is using her power to inspire you to be creative. Whether you are an artist who is stuck or someone who wants to add a creative boost to your daily life, in any medium, this Fuel Your Creativity E-Course will get you moving. *This course isn't available to purchase by the public yet - but will be given to anyone who donates to our 50/50 campaign

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    Your name on GIG's website

    Want a little more than the Creativity E-Course? This perk is for you! We'll list your name on the 50-50 campaign "Thank You" page on Fame at last!

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    GIG social media shout out

    The first two perks are yours! Now what about we give you an extra shout out on our social media channels? We'll sing your praise on Twitter, Facebook and in our Newsletter.

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    Personal note from Toan

    You like the three first perks but feel there is nothing like paper when it comes to saying "Thank You"? For this donation level, Toan will write you personally in the lovely way that he knows!

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    GIG limited edition T-shirt

    Want a fifth perk? What about getting a wearable item? Designed by Marvin King specially for GIG, the limited edition T-shirt will make you stand out in the summer crowd! PS: you can choose from three designs: woman, man and ... baby!!! Check the gallery for a sneak peek.

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  • $250USD
    "GIG 50-50 Producer" credits

    You got our virtual thanks, Toan's note and a cool GIG T-shirt and want more? Well, here's your chance! We'll add your name to the credits of all 50-50 videos. This donation level makes you a GIG 50-50 Producer!

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    Join the GIG crew

    Want to take part in the making of the 50-50 story in your state? Well that's available to you at this donation level. Spend time with the crew, get a look behind the scenes, meet amazingly dedicated people! PS: make sure to wear your GIG T-shirt!

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    Be part of the production team

    Imagine that! Not only will you get all previous perks, we will also make you a fully-fledged GIG Team member for your state's story. You'll be involved in the production process of gathering and assessing ideas, and of course in making the final story selection.

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    Dinner with Toan and the crew

    A really special moment for you and 3 friends. Spend a inspiring evening with Toan and the crew when they cover your state's story. And... we'll add a surprise perk or two...

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