Tim Ferris Unusual $100,000 Birthday Present (Plus: Free Round-Trip Anywhere in the World)

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“This is a whole new ballgame. Highly recommended.” Dr. Stewart D. Friedman,
Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

Tim Ferris and his book The Four Hour Work Week is one of the inspirations for us taking our World Tour and living life to the fullest.

It is his 33rd birthday and he is giving away $100,000 to needy children around the world as his present to himself! Please be a part of Tim’s birthday present to children around the world.

Tm Ferris Unusual $100,000 Birthday Present (Plus: Free Round-Trip Anywhere in the World)

Written by Tim Ferriss Topics: Filling the Void

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Soon 33 years young. I’ll be back on the playa in August for Burning Man.

33. I’ll turn a glorious 33 this weekend.

It’s going to be a great natal year–I can already feel it. Repeating numbers (born in ‘77) are good luck. Perhaps it will be good luck for you, too: in this post, I’m giving away a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world and more.

But back to that strange birthday gift…

Much to the chagrin of my momma-san, I’ve become quite difficult to buy presents for. Some friends even think I’m impossible to find presents for.

It’s not entirely true. I love handwritten letters, home-made brownies (like Fred Wilson), girlfriends dressed in next to nothing, and–most of all–when people do something nice.

Before we move on (wait for it, wait for it), please watch this super-short movie trailer:

In lieu of gifts this year, my birthday wish is to help high-need kids in public schools take field trips.

Can you imagine never having the chance to go to the aquarium or natural history museum? “Never” as in, literally, never in your life?

That’s unacceptable.

Since I am turning 33 this year, please help choose a field trip to support here with a tax-deductible $33 donation (or any other amount). Feel free to give from $10-$10,000 in the “Give to the most urgent project” field, whatever you can afford.

If we run out of field trips (which would be awesome), we’ll focus on reading projects. Literacy = the most fundamental path out of poverty.

Beyond the good karma and thank-you letters you’ll receive from the kids:

Incentive #1 – The trip: Donate before this Sunday at 12 midnight PST, and I’ll pick one of y’all randomly. You’ll get a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world that Continental or Star Alliance fly, whether Rome, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, or hundreds of other awesome locations. There is no expiration date on the trip, so you can take your time.

Incentive #2 – How it becomes $100,000: I will match every dollar donated, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 total. That means that if the field trip gifts (donations) total $50,000, I will write a check for $50,000, all of which will go to public school kids in need. Remember, it’s tax-deductible.

Please go to this page and look around. Seriously, take a peek.

The goal is to get approximately 1,500 donors at an average of $33 each, which will add up to $50,000 and, matched, add up to $100,000.

Incentive #3 – If you want to get some goodies, please help spread the word. Tell people I’m matching donations and get them to this post or this DonorsChoose.org link (same as above). Leave a comment below telling me what you did to spread the word (Facebook, Twitter, e-mail blast, add to your e-mail signature, encourage employees/friends to do the same, etc.).

The three most die-hard promoters will get pairs of my favorite sunglasses on the planet: Maui Jim’s. Grand winner will get a VIP gift card (good for any pair, including $300+ models) and two runners-up will get a pair of $200+ sunglasses of my choosing.


Beyond the bribes, you’ll feel awesome about yourself for doing some real good for little ‘uns who have so little. Trust me.

Superman is not coming to help these kids, nor is the government — will you step up for even two minutes?

I hope to help with the bigger policy changes, but, as one politician said, “Show me a movement first and then I can respond.”

I think that’s doable, and this little experiment could be exhibit A.

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  • Lori Morin

    Its wonderful to see people still care enough to take action and make the world a better place. Taking care of our children is a longterm answer to many of the problems our society faces today.
    I am currently researching ways to assist prisoners so that they have a better chance of becoming law abiding citizens once released. Most people forget that we lock people up with the hope they will be “fixed” and released. If we do nothing to “fix” the underlying issue that provoked their negative behaviour then how will they be any better once released?
    We need to start (as you are) with our children…and teach them and give them what they need to become the best adults they can be. This will stop our prison over crowding problem.

    Thanks for taking action,

    • Brian & Rhonda Swan

      Thank you Lori for taking the time to care. Most would not give prisoners time of day.

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