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About Us

5 Bucks Is Change

It starts with you and   a few friends…


Not so long ago a friend was hosting a New Years Day brunch. I had just read the book Give a Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World –  by Wendy Smith. We got to talking about how we could make a difference and the Goat Party was born. 

At this party we requested that guests refrain from bringing hostess gifts. Instead, we asked them to donate 5 Bucks to the Heifer Project. At the end of the party we had raised enough to buy two goats and a hive a bees! Thus, 5 Bucks Is Change was born.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Never say one person can’t make a difference.

Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem.                                All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals. ~ Margaret Mead


Just what does 5 bucks mean to most Americans? A hamburger, a fancy coffee, or a couple of gallons of gas? To most of us, $5.00 is just change. But in other parts of the world or in our own neighborhoods, 5 bucks can have an impact, especially when combined with other $5.00 donations. 

Very few of us are millionaires but almost all of us have a desire and the capability to be generous. We also have friends who have similar inclinations. So, let’s put good intentions together with good friends and have a party! 5 Bucks Is Change is an initiative to combine the idea of having a good time to raise a little money and support micro-charities.

Ignite Raleigh 2013

The birth of 5 Bucks is Change. 

Ignite Raleigh – 20 slides, 5 minutes and a chance to make an impact on 300 people. What a better time and place to declare a life’s mission.


Our Champion

Janet Kennedy is a 25-year marketing and social media consultant for healthcare supporting healthcare practices.  Janet is the Host of the Get Social Health podcast sharing social media and digital health content and interviews with healthcare thought leaders. She is also a podcast host and the Sr. Digital Brand Manager for Spencer Health Solutions, a medical device company in Morrisville, NC.
Janet is the co-founder of the Healthcare Marketing Network, a vibrant global community of freelance healthcare writers, authors, and communications creatives and is a member of the External Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network.