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Social Good Moms Impact Report: March 30 – April 5

The idea behind Social Good Moms from day one has been to rally a community ofconscious bloggers who believe in using social media and blogging to spread awareness about the most pressing global issues, especially those that affect women, children, and families in a sustainable way. And beyond that it has always been important to scale our efforts as a community of committed mothers to reach as many as we can through the power of the Web.

Starting today, we will put together impact reports that show our progress periodically to gauge how far we’ve come, how far we can go, and to also encourage more mothers to join us in our social good efforts.

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News: Social Good Moms is Now 3000 Members Strong

3000membersThe Mom Bloggers for Social Good community recently surpassed 3000 members!

We have always said that the greater our numbers the greater our impact! As the Social Good Moms community continues to grow the more good we can do collectively to spread the word about important issues like world and domestic hunger, maternal health and mortality, newborn health, HIV/AIDS and its opportunistic infections, malaria, water and sanitation and a whole host of global health and development issues.

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Join Us for the #WaterAidNica Chat on March 21

This Sunday, Social Good Mom and Global Team of 200 member, Jennifer Barbour, will join WaterAid America on a trip to Nicaragua to see WaterAid’s WASH programs on the ground. Their itinerary is packed from Monday – Friday. While in Nicaragua Jennifer Barbour will be detailing all that she observes and how WASH programs benefit women and girls and entire communities. She will be updating her blog, Tumblog, and social media and using the #WaterAidNica hashtag.

We are excited to follow her journey and share her work. On Friday, March 21 from 1 – 2 PM EST we will join Jennifer and WaterAid America for a chat discussing Jennifer’s trip in Nicaragua. Join us on Friday, March 21. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. You can tweet them to us already at @socialgoodmoms using #WaterAidNica.

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The Impact of Our #WomensDayChat

Last Friday we hosted a Twitter chat about women and girls with Global Impact, World Vision, Plan International, ICRW and CARE. It was a robust discussion about women and girls for an entire hour that trended nationwide for 55  minutes with nearly 400 participants ahead of International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8.

We want to thank everyone who took part in the discussion to raise your voices for women and girls everywhere. We especially loved that men chimed in about how they can be key catalysts to quicken the progress of women and girls globally.

Thank you for joining us. We are creating a Storify of the event and will tweet it once it is live. We have many important tweets to choose from.

Real-time Tracker  #WomensDayChat - Keyhole

Featured Photo Courtesy of Plan

The Top 11 Greatest Social Good Moms’ Moments of 2013

2013 flew by. It flew by so fast that it’s a little difficult to remember the greatest moments of 2013. There really were a lot of them. That said, here are some of the top Social Good Moms’ moments of 2013. We are excited about the new year and everything we will accomplish together for good in 2014.

1. 2013 saw the first insight trips for Social Good Moms members. In May Nicole Melancon travelled to Delhi, India and reported about global health and development after visiting our partners Save the Children, WaterAid, and Pratham. We also visited an amazing organization, Protsahan, that helps street-affected girls in Delhi’s slums. In October Elizabeth Atalay reported from South Africa about women helping women in South Africa as well as global health. And, finally in December Stacey Weckstein reported from Indonesia with Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters’ team about frontline health workers.

Insigt Trips 2013

2. Melinda Gates bestowed kind words to the team via Twitter and also gave us a shout-out in her Blogher video. We will always be extremely grateful for the vote of confidence.

3.  We reached 2000 members this year. The greater our numbers the greater our impact!

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4. Social Good Moms met Save the Children’s President and CEO, Carolyn Miles, at the We Can Be Heroes event in New York City. Social Good Moms members also got the opportunity to meet with Save the Children during the Blogher conference in Chicago.

Save the Children

5. We collaborated with the Gates Foundation and Gates Senior Fellow, Dr. Gary Darmstadt, on spreading critical information about newborn health via blog posts, several Youtube videos featuring our members’ birth stories as well as during a Twitter chat that trended nationally.

newborn health

6. Our most dedicated members of the Global Team of 200 wrote hundreds upon hundreds of posts for social good all chronicled on our Tumblr blogs: Global Team of 200, Advocating for the First Hour, Celebrating World Water Day, Advocating for Newborn Health, and Haikus for Newborns.

7. To round out our global health and development coverage I reported on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, food insecurity and poverty as both an International Reporting Project Zambia and Tanzania fellow. I was also invited to cover the Power of One campaign with Malaria No More in October.

Tanzania and Zambia

8. We received fantastic press coverage including being featured twice in Forbes and in Philanthropy.

With a network established over a decade of child-rearing, finance, health and nutrition careers and all the gear tahat goes into family life these days, mom bloggers are increasingly active in supporting charity, raising money and organizing around social causes – Tom Watson, Forbes

9. We published a report in February 2013 about Moms and Social Giving. Read the results and see the infographic.

10. We brought on amazing new NGOs and nonprofit partners this year including Kangu, WaterAid, Marie Stopes International, Oxfam, and Jhpiego.

11. We partnered with Save the Children on a highly impactful 24 hour breastfeeding campaign where we shared stories, videos, and tweets about Save the Children’s report on the critical importance of breastfeeding in the first hour after birth.

A few fun facts: most people come to our site searching for family planning information and resources. We were able to increase our readership this year by 20%. Our most read article was HBO Presents New Documentary About Poverty: American Winter.

We had a fantastic 2013 and can’t wait to get to work this year.