We Rise by Lifting Others

This quote by Robert Ingersoll personifies the purpose of the new charitable giving branch of Gaslamp District Media: GDM - We Rise. There is sometimes a negative connotation attached to the nightlife industry. As an organization, Gaslamp District Media [GDM] works with many different venues, companies and individuals within the industry and seeks to demonstrate the positive influence the industry can have on the community.

One of the great privileges of operating a small business is having the power to make a difference in the community through involvement and by standing against poverty, social injustices and more. Small businesses can make the world a better place – not just by selling great products or offering great services, but by actively collaborating with organizations to create opportunities for the next generation, to help people in need and to strengthen our community. The purpose of nonprofits and charities is to meet one or more needs in a community, often by filling the gap between the public and privet sectors. But these organizations also need funding and volunteers to help accomplish their goals, especially small, local nonprofits.

The purpose of the We Rise program is for GDM to bring awareness to local non profits through advocacy, fundraising and volunteering. Each month We Rise will choose a new nonprofit to support either through volunteer or fundraising efforts. Please stay tuned each month as we highlight a local San Diego nonprofit organization.

As GDM partner Kevin McLaughlin succinctly put it, "It's easy to give money. It's not so easy to give your time. That's what we're offering: time. Because everything we do day in and day out means nothing if we’re not making a positive difference and influence in our city”. We hope you Rise with us, San Diego.