Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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ValI want to pick a favorite charity and support it fully

I don’t mind donating money to worthwhile charities, but I get so many requests that it just gets annoying. I feel guilty when I say no, yet there is no way I can donate to everything even if I want to.

I’d like to spend some time looking at various charities and really support one or two that I feel passionate about. I don’t mean money only, worthwhile charities that I could actually volunteer to help out. My company matches most donations in money as well as time so it’ll make it even more impactful 5 years ago

epp_dogToys for Tots

Yesterday was a community service day for me. It was really fun working at the Toys-for-tots. This was still the sorting phase. Presents will be given to the parents on Saturday.

The thing that was most interesting to me was the skew in the giving. Toys for 3-6 yr old boys were staggering! The 3-6 yr old girls and toddlers were close behind. However, the 7-9 and 10-13 yr old boys and girls were really very light.

All donations are wonderful and appreciated but here were my learnings from the day:
1) older kids are often forgotten in the donation process
2) stuffed animals are the most often donated item so consider donating something in addition to a stuffed animal
3) educational toys for boys were common – not so much for girls :(
4) be aware of how your donation could potentially get damaged before it gets given away. Donations in flimsy packaging were often falling apart on the sorting table. These don’t end up as Christmas gifts but do get donated to shelters and such.
5) be aware of potential health hazards with your donation – avoid things that could be potentially harmful (especially “grow” toys that expand when placed in water).

These toys will certainly make a difference for many children. It was so nice to see people who may be having some tough economic times themselves being so generous.

Thank you to everyone who donated and the marines who have been running this for 61 years! 6 years ago

epp_dog labrador retriever rescue

I was at a local “art/craft” night and this group was there. I decided that they could use some leases I had for sale at a veterinary office several years ago. I left them with 3 braided leather leashes (3’, 4’ & 6’) 6 years ago


I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year for a certain percentage of my salary, and I’m nearly there. Should be there by the end of the year. :) 6 years ago

GlambabieTrying to Help

We aren’t in the best financial state as of late but we are doing ok. So I figure if I am lucky enough to have food on the table & a roof over my head I am more than able to help others. I donated some clothing to the Samaritan House a few weeks ago.
I recently donated 10 inches of my hair to Locks of Love.
Me and the Hubby are sending $20 to the Union Mission to help feed people on Thanksgiving.
I have always felt compelled to help the Make a Wish foundation and am going to look into it soon.
I can’t say enough good things about &
The special olympics is holding its fall championships in VB on Nov. 1-2 and I plan on donating some of my time to cheer the athletes on! If your in the area here is the link to the website with more info: 6 years ago


I just found out about a really cool website designed for teachers in need of classroom materials. The way the site works is a teacher will post a proposal on the site, and “donors” searching the site can give tax-deductible donations as little as $1 to the proposals of their choice. Proposals can really be anything, from pencils to a classroom computer. The main requirement is that the items requested directly benefit the students.

I have posted two proposals:

Personally, I am so excited a site like this exists for teachers. As it gets closer to September and I am shopping back to school supply sales I am reminded again of how quickly the small things add up and how unattainable some of the big things seem.

So, why am I posting this here for all of you to see? Well, maybe you were, are, know, or will be a teacher and could benefit from this site yourself. Or, maybe maybe you feel like helping out someone with a lot of good ideas, but not a lot of funds. 6 years ago

eightofeightI'd like to donate more

to my favorite charities this year than i have in the past. I only have a few months left, so about now is the time.

Next year I’d like to continue with my favorite charities, but if I can afford it, give to another good cause. 6 years ago

sabrinaDonate more than last year

Last year’s donations to charity worked out to about 2.3% of my after-tax income (in combined value of in-kind and cash donations). So this year I think I’ll set my goal for 3%. Also, I have been looking for a charity where I can volunteer, as I haven’t volunteered anywhere for several years.

So far this year, I have achieved about 1.2%. I wish I had more cash on hand at the moment since I heard the Red Cross’ disaster fund actually ran out of money because of the tornadoes and flooding in the midwest, but I already sent them enough to blow this month’s budget pretty thoroughly. I used to donate to them via automatic monthly donation; I might turn that back on again. Other than that, I will probably hold off on more cash donations (as appropriate) until the end of the year, as my company does gift matching around the holidays, so my charities will get more bang for the buck, then. I will just save up the money to donate, until then. 6 years ago

epp_dogMIL estate

We are slowly working thorough her estate. Today 7 bags of clothing went to Salvation Army. I am trying to find someone at work in need of her wheelchair/walker… 6 years ago

shdwdoggTreats for Troops

Through Postsecrets I found a website called Treat for Troops.
So far I have sent two packages to soldiers over seas. 6 years ago

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