March 2020 Worldwide Newsletter

#FlattenTheCurve is missing the point

The #FlattenTheCurve diagram has been seen by most of the world, but the graphic does not communicate what happens when we cross that dotted line. Today we released a NEW 40-second video /GIF from because I said I would helps visualize a shortage of ventilators. We need your help in sharing this video because people are still don’t understand what is about to happen…

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The promises you make can flatten the curve.
Right now, your self-control saves lives.
Stay home.

Individual Action Plans

Fight COVID-19 RIGHT NOW


Here is a library of ideas on how you can help fight COVID-19 today. Volunteerism doesn’t have to be a group activity. Because I said I would has created Individual Action Plans that you can do right now.

  • Sew fabric face masks to save N95 masks for medical workers. See the plan.
  • The One-Person Parade to discourage civil unrest and boost morale with seniors. See the plan .
  • Convince your friends to stay home with this video you can make on your phone. See the plan.
  • Help senior citizens reduce their exposure with these apps. See the plan.
  • And many more…

See all of our COVID-19 Individual Action Plans

The first 100 people to complete an Individual Action Plan and email a photo of their work to contact@becauseisaidiwould.org will receive access to an exclusive live stream talk with Alex Sheen, five-time TEDxTalk presenter and Founder of because I said I would. BONUS: Alex will be giving away free flights (from his airline miles) during this exclusive live stream. Something for you to celebrate with when this is long over! Entries accepted for only 7 days until 4/2/20, because time is running out in the fight against COVID-19. Every minute matters.

Public Service Announcements

The Acceleration of COVID-19

We created this GIF/video to explain how fast COVID-19 is spreading. 67 days to reach 100,000 cases worldwide. 11 days to reach the next 100,000 cases. Only 4 DAYS to reach the third 100,000 cases. Please share this video on social media to help the ones you love understand the reality we face.

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VIDEO: 497,486 views since last week

“I’m sorry if this is hard for you to hear…”

Our video was seen around the world because of your shares. But many people are still not taking COVID-19 seriously, so we need your help.

We are looking for supporters who are willing to share this video with hospitals and state and local governments. We designed it to help support public health efforts and we are even willing to let them update the video with their most current recommendations and replace our logo with theirs (e.g., Ohio Department of Health). Please contact paul@becauseisaidiwould.org today for more information.

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30-Day Fundraising Campaign

The momentum is building!

In only 8 days, our supporters have donated over $39,631 to our Facebook Fundraiser and $10,404 through our website. This unlocked a matching gift of $20,000 for a total of $70,035 raised! If we can reach our $100,000 goal, because I said I would can continue to help COVID-19 prevention and response. Here are some ways you can help!

  • See if your employer will match your donation. Many do this!
  • Ask a company to make a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit
  • Make a donation to our Facebook Fundraiser and share your support
  • Invite your friends to join our Facebook Fundraiser

Our warehouse of because I said I would merchandise has closed because of COVID-19, so we have temporarily lost that fundraising source as well. Your gift means more now than ever. Thank you so much to all of our donors who answered the call in our greatest hour of need. We have been able to retain all of our staff so far and we are working furiously to make a difference at a time when the world needs it most.

Live Stream with Alex

High School Chapters move to YouTube Live

Because I said I would High School Chapters are moving to a live stream format hosted by our Founder, Alex Sheen. Chapter Members will play an exclusive and interactive role in several ways:

  1. Videos of our Chapter Members and their perspectives
  2. Contests between High School Chapters with prizes
  3. Live chat moderators
  4. Offline volunteering through Individual Action Plans

We will eventually return to in-person meetings, but we are actually excited about this new medium for our chapter experience. We are counting on Chapter Members to light the way for the entire movement around the world. Details:

Who: Open to public, High School Chapter Members have exclusive content
When: Tuesday, March 31st at 4:00-5:00pm
Where: Youtube.com/becauseisaidiwould
Why: COVID-19 isn’t going to stop us from changing the world

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