June is CHARITY WALKS month! #3 Luekemia & Lymphoma Light the Night Walk

Light The Night Walk:
Taking Steps To Cure CancerTM

Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) Light The Night Walk events and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in over two hundred communities each fall across North America.

Anyone can take part – children, adults and seniors are all welcome. This is a casual fundraising walk with no fitness requirements. There are many ways you can help. You can register to walk individually or as part of a team; just make a donation online; or become a volunteer or sponsor/partner. See local walk sites for time and date information.

Every walker is encouraged to become a Champion For Cures by raising $100 or more to help support the work of hundreds of the world’s best and brightest researchers in their search for better therapies and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Learn more about Light The Night Walk.

June is CHARITY WALKS month! #2 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® ~ Dates vary throughout the year.  Check location dates.

One of the best ways to impact the global movement to end breast cancer forever is to fundraise for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® as part of your participation in the Komen Global Race.

By participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, the most successful charity event ever created, you will experience an event that has changed the way the world views breast cancer. You can make a difference as you celebrate survivorship, honor those who have lost their battle, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease. Join the fight where you live, work and play.

Register for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® and be a part of the promise to end breast cancer forever. You can run or walk the 5K or the one-mile route, or if you can’t make it to a event, register to Sleep In for the Cure®. Kids ages 5 to 12 can register as Kids for the Cure® and participate in their own special race and activities. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, you can be one of the all-star volunteers.

June is CHARITY WALKS month! #1 Walk 4 Water

If you’ve been looking for a challenge, looking for a 5k to inspire you, wanting to help a good cause, or want to make a difference in your health and your life – this could be just what you need to inspire you and get you going!


Water 4 Kids International www.hope4kidsinternational.org/w4ki is a charity that raises money to build wells in Africa. The village that the SparkTeam is sponsoring is Kirewa “B” in Uganda. Villagers must travel 2.5km each way to access their current source of water, which is not even clean. A well will give over 8500 villagers a clean, safe, local water source for year-round use.  Over one billion people in this world are living without access to safe drinkable water among other basic necessities. Water 4 Kids International is responding to this need by drilling wells in remote areas especially close to schools.


This is a virtual race. Participants of this challenge will do their walks/runs between Sept 18th and 24th – plenty of time to train!

Soles4Souls, The International Shoe Charity, Kicks Off National Barefoot Week

The shoe charity rolls out event plans celebrity support to encourage the public to go barefoot

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Soles4Souls announced its schedule for Barefoot Week 2011 today, which includes media events and shoe distributions in seven cities. As it does each year during the first week of June, the non-profit organization will be distributing thousands of pairs of new shoes in the United States while it also collects much needed donations through shoe drives at schools, churches and community centers. The charity is asking Americans to choose one day during the week to go barefoot–at the office, at school or in public– to raise awareness for the millions of people worldwide who live in extreme poverty and can’t afford shoes.

Barefoot week will begin on June 1st with “National Barefoot Day.” The first shoe distribution will be held in Detroit, with events in Boston, St. Louis, L.A., Atlanta, and Newark to follow. StubHub and Ebay are also hosting a Take Off Your Boots event in San Francisco on June 5th, and individuals who bring a pair of shoes to the Hard Rock Cafe will receive a free pair of U2 tickets (quantities are limited, first come, first serve basis) for the show the following evening.
“Barefoot Sunday” (June 5th) offers unique opportunities for congregations to remove their shoes and walk out of worship services barefoot. The efforts of participating congregations will help put shoes on the feet of the 300 million children around the world don’t own a single pair of shoes. Northstar Church in Atlanta will host Soles4Souls Founder and CEO Wayne Elsey that morning to go barefoot on stage and talk about the importance of shoes in developing nations.

“We want to invite people to join hundreds of thousands of Soles4Souls supporters around the world to participate in Barefoot Week,” said Mr. Elsey. “Anyone can make a difference to someone in need by starting their own shoe drive, cleaning out their closet, sending us a new pair of shoes or making a simple monetary donation. Our charity thrives on the active involvement of everyday people making the decision to step up and help less fortunate people, both here in the United States and around the world,” he added.

Celebrities are also lending their support of Barefoot Week by donating their shoes for a celebrity shoe auction starting June 1st on the auction site CharityBuzz.com. Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John, the Kardashian sisters, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, TODAY show cast, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, and others donated their shoes to be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the charity.

“You know you’re NEVER gonna wear those shoes that are sitting in your closet. The ones you don’t even consider anymore; they’re just there to make it look like you’ve got a lot of shoes… It’s time for them to go. Let someone else walk in your shoes. Donate your shoes to Soles4Souls and help some of the millions of children around the world in need. It takes 2 seconds and you’ll feel good all day. I promise.” Zach Braff

“300 million kids go barefoot every day because they don’t have shoes. Let’s do all we can to fix this. Souls4Souls is an amazing organization and I encourage everyone to help out as much as they can, whether it’s donating your time, your shoes, or just going barefoot for a day to promote awareness of this grave problem.” – Joshua Radin

“It is easy to support charities like Soles4Souls that help children of all cultures. Monies raised pay for expensive shipping and even a small donation of $5 for new shoes will help those children who are battling life’s problems and need a positive step up.” –Donald Faison

“It’s an honor to donate shoes to help Soles4Souls as they do incredible things for the less fortunate people in this world. I encourage everyone to lend support.” Jessica Simpson

“I’ve got sole but I’m not a soldier. However, with Soles 4 Souls I am helping to fight the war against poverty in my own small way by giving to those in need.” Perez Hilton

“Hosting a small shoe drive during Barefoot Week is a great way for everyone to participate in giving back. Many of us are fortunate to have what we need but many families are in need during this tough economic time. The gift of shoes is a simple way to help erase the stigma of poverty.”
Sean Avery, New York Rangers

Get more information about how you can get involved, visit www.barefootweek.com.
Religious organizations can learn more about Barefoot Sunday at www.barefootsunday.com.

About Soles4Souls®, Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4Souls™
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities. Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org, www.clothes4souls.org, or www.hope4souls.org for more information.

SOURCE Soles4Souls

The Big Spring Giveaway!

April is National Volunteer Month and Everyday Philanthropist wants to make it easier for families to participate. We know you’re busy, but it is possible to make this month count even if you’re short on time and short on cash.

Though the average person may not be aware, there are a myriad of charitable organizations around the world that are finding new and innovative ways to make a difference – in no time at all!

Whether you’re surfing the web, playing a game or taking a walk in the park, families can get enjoyment – and a dose of social awareness – from everyday activities that double as a charitable boost.

Computer time
Surf for the earth!  Powered by Google,
Ecosearch.org returns the same search results but with an environmental kick: The site donates 100 percent of search revenues to nonprofits, such as Rainforest Alliance. Make it your computer’s default search-engine.

 Craft time
Encourage children to help organizations like
Make a Child Smile and Hugs and Hope by crafting cheery notes, drawings and cards that bring joy to hospitalized kids.

 Kitchen time
Bake cookies for a local fundraiser to support a chosen cause or host a charitable bake sale of your own to benefit
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

 Game time
Play online games for good, such as the vocabulary test game at
freerice.org that donates rice to the hungry for every answer you get right. It’s entertaining and you’re helping a great cause.

 Any time
Be Someone’s Eyes. Provide a free reading service for the blind and visually impaired through
Read This to Me. All you need is a working phone and a fax.

 Summer time
Go the website,
Alexslemonade.org to find out how the kids can organize a charitable lemonade stand to help raise money for cancer research.

 One day at a time
Offer your services as a family just one day a year for communal events like
International Coastal Cleanup day or Family Volunteer Day.

Happy Giving!

Click “Like” on Facebook to Donate Free Juice to Children In Need

Got Facebook?  Here’s a quick and wonderfully easy way to give to a child in need, using your Facebook “Like” button.
Now through March 31, YOU can make a difference in the lives of hungry children and families by becoming a Sun Shower fan.
For every new Facebook fan, Sun Shower is donating one bottle of juice to Second Harvest-supported food banks across the country. 
Do it now. Do it for a kid.
Haven’t set up your own Facebook account yet?  It’s easy and free!  Look for the green Sign Up button in the upper left corner of the screen to get started.  Welcome to the Sun Shower Facebook Community!
Double the difference made and become a fan of Drenchers, too!

Spread the Love: 5 Ideas for National Random Acts of Kindness Week

Finally here, is National Random Acts of Kindness week! The week of February 14-18 is celebrated as the time to get out there and do an act of goodness. This is your opportunity to share love and kindness with the environment, your friends, neighbours, family, colleagues, charities and complete strangers.

The Everyday Philanthropist invites you to do an unexpected Extreme Act of Kindness to an unsuspecting recipient each day! Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

Monday: Donate blood and potentially save up to 3 lives.

Tuesday: Drop off a plant or home-made baked goods to your local police or fire department.

Wednesday: Donate used books to your local library or school.

Thursday:  Volunteer an hour or two at a local shelter, school, soup kitchen or charity event.

Friday: Donate clothes, toys, blankets and other daily items to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.

 No matter how big or small, your acts of kindness can change lives and create a chain reaction to spread even more generosity throughout your community and the world. Share your acts of kindness and comments with our community on the Everyday Philanthropist Facebook page.
“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Women’s Bean Project Giveaway WINNER!!!

Thank you all that entered our Women’s Bean Project Tasty Giveaway!  What fun it was to get to know our visitors more!  Its time to announce our lucky winner:
#57 Belinda Nicholson Cage Skuta

Thank you all who entered!  Please stay tuned for our next giveaway! (ps. It starts tomorrow)

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK ~ Women’s Bean Project Giveaway

You know I love Companies that Give Back! I recently received a wonderful gift pack pictured below from the Women’s Bean Project and you have a chance to win it! The Women’s Bean Project is a great organization that helps women to find employment and gain work skills.
Since 1989 Women’s Bean Project has been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. They are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in their gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.

The Holidays are right around the corner and Women’s Bean Project has a huge variety of gifts that are perfect for the upcoming holiday season! (Click HERE to order Women’s Bean Project Gourmet Foods, Gifts and Jewelry online.) Most of the products I received came with a label that had the signature of the woman who packaged them which I thought was a beautiful touch. Its great knowing you can really help someone out, especially near the holidays. And this makes for a very meaningful (not to mention, wildly delicious!) gift for others. Think teachers, hostess gifts, corporate gifts, etc.!
Golden Cornbread Mix
Cindy's Sinfully Chocolate Brownie MixFirehouse #10 Hot ChiliGreen Chili Salsa Mix (medium)

The products I received included Firehouse Hot Chili Mix complimented with Golden Cornbread Mix, Green Chili Salsa Mix and Cindy’s Sinfully Chocolate Brownie Mix! The aroma from these beautifully packaged goodies filled my house so quickly; the kids came running in my office to see what I had. And, thanks to the wonderful people over at The Women’s Bean Project YOU have the chance to win this beautiful gift package, just in time for your holiday entertaining! Here’s how:


Eligible Entries:
1. Follow my blog and tell me (or tell me if you already are). (1 entry)
2. Like Everyday Philanthropist on Facebook (1 entry)
3. Follow ME on Twitter (1 entry)
4. Follow WomensBean on Twitter (1 entry)
5. ReTweet this blogpost on Twitter (1 entry) you can do this Daily
6. Like Women’s Bean Project on Facebook (1 entry)
7. Subscribe to the Women’s Bean Project Newsletter (2 separate entries)
8. Add Everyday Philanthropist Blog to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)
9. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you’ve blogged about this.
10. FOR 10 EXTRA ENTRIES – Purchase the book “How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community and World – At No Cost!” on Amazon.com and enter your receipt number in your entry. (Be sure to post TEN separate comments.) Receipt numbers will be validated.

Easy as pie right! Giveaway will end on December 21, 2010. 1 Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway open to U.S. and Canadian entries only. Winners are contacted by email and posted HERE when confirmed. Winners have 48 hours to confirm before a new Winner is chosen. Many thanks to Women’s Bean Project for this Review and Giveaway Opportunity!

Good luck!!!
Nicole Bouchard Boles

Disclosure: I received a gift pack from Women’s Bean Project for review purposes. No compensation was received for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.

TurboTax Giving $100,000 To Charities via Facebook

TurboTax, the tax filing-software company, is getting into the holiday spirit by giving away $100,000 to charities of consumers’ choosing on Facebook. TurboTax promotes charitable giving at the end of each year to help people secure last minute tax savings. This year, they are taking things one step further by launching Giving Gives Back on Facebook and donating $5 in consumers’ names to causes ranging from emergency preparedness to lending a helping hand to America’s youth.

You can donate to your favorites by “Liking” TurboTax on Facebook and selecting your charity here.

Included below is the release explaining the charity giveaway.

SAN DIEGO – December 7, 2010 – Tis’ the season for spreading holiday cheer. Not only will charitable contributions help those in need, in many cases, it can boost your tax refund as well.

“There are a number of ways to save money and give back. Charitable donations made before Dec. 31 can be an easy way to lower your tax bill and give back to the community,” said Bob Meighan, CPA and vice president of TurboTax.

Tips for Making Giving Give Back:

· Think about it: Consider the types of charities you want to give to. What really moves you and makes you want to give?

· Make it count: Before you open your wallet, open your browser. A quick search will help you pick an organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions so that your contributions count.

· Act fast: Dec. 31, 2010 is the deadline for making charitable contributions count on this year’s tax return.

· Don’t forget the little stuff: Some out-of-pocket expenses like parking, supplies and mileage driven to and from volunteering at a qualifying charity are deductible.

· Keep documentation: Make sure to keep receipts for both cash and in-kind charitable donations. Every receipt should include the charity name, date, amount of your donation and the resale value of any items you may have received for your contribution.

Let TurboTax Donate for You

Through Dec. 31, 2010, TurboTax will donate up to $100,000 to a selection of charities on behalf of consumers. Causes range from emergency preparedness to lending a helping hand to America’s youth. Simply visit the TurboTax Facebook Page or givinggivesback.com to find out how you can have TurboTax donate $5 to the charity you select. For tax tips and tricks all season, visit the TurboTax Blog.

About TurboTax

TurboTax is the nation’s No. 1 rated, best-selling, do-it-yourself tax preparation software. Available on desktop, online and mobile, TurboTax helps more than 20 million people a year easily and accurately claim every deduction and credit they’re entitled to, so they get the biggest tax refund possible. For more information, visit the TurboTax press room.

About Intuit
Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax®, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit’s leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.
Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.5 billion in its fiscal year 2010. The company has approximately 7,700 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

Intuit, the Intuit logo and TurboTax, among others, are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries.



Contest Winner – Determined by Public Vote – Will Receive $100,000 to
Advance Project that Improves the Lives of Others

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (December 13, 2010) – IKEA, The Life Improvement Store, announced today the five (5) finalists of the Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest who are in the running to win a year-long sabbatical* (worth $100,000) to improve the lives of others. Understanding that people have a desire to be a positive force within their community, IKEA offered this unique contest to give one deserving winner the opportunity to pursue their passion, and share their experience with the world. From December 13, 2010 – January 17, 2011, the public can vote for their favorite project online at http://www.thelifeimprovementproject.com/ to determine the winner, who will be announced on January 31. IKEA will donate $1.00 to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs for every vote received (up to $50,000).

“We have been touched by the thoughtful, passionate ideas that were in the nearly 2,000 contest submissions; we want to commend everyone for their heartfelt commitment to improve the lives of others,” says Leontyne Green, Marketing Manager, IKEA North America. “IKEA believes in creating a better everyday life for the many people and we are excited to support the winner in advancing his or her passion project that will impact the lives of many.”

The five (5) finalists (in no particular order) are as follows:

· LaJuana Moser (California City, CA): As a foster mom, LaJuana created bags4kids after years of seeing foster children moved from home to home with only the clothes on their backs. She has since delivered over 8,000 bags filled with personal care products, toys and other necessities for these children. With funding, LaJuana would expand bags4kids to reach more children in need in California and across the country.

· Ralph Johnson (Hempstead, NY): Ralph has been bringing the wonders of science to at-risk students for nearly two decades, exposing them to programs in agricultural science, medical investigation, forensics, and science research. His educational and mentoring efforts have changed more than 800 teens’ lives. With funding, Ralph will expand the program to reach nearly three times the amount of students in New York communities.

· Kyria Henry (Round Hill, VA): At just 12 years old, Kyria Henry founded paws4people, and later paws4vets, training and pairing service dogs with children, seniors, seriously ill and disabled people, and war veterans needing assistance. A year-long sabbatical will allow Kyria to devote her full attention to the paws4vets program, providing service dogs to assist retired and active-duty military veterans as a tool to ease emotional, physical and psychological traumas and help them return to normal life.

· Philip Filner (Lutherville, MD): When retired scientist Philip Filner learned about an unused greenhouse at Baltimore’s Northwestern High School, he knew it was an opportunity to give hands-on courses in biology and environmental science and set students on a path of discovering future career paths. With funding, Philip could create a teaching laboratory, using the greenhouse as a facility for experiments, skilled crafts, and a tool to encourage students to ask questions and learn about nature.

· Elizabeth Woods (Waxhaw, NC): After losing her son and her Special Forces husband, Elizabeth created Soul Widows, a support group and online community of resources, forums and retreats for others experiencing loss. With funding, Elizabeth hopes to provide regular meeting spaces, fund therapists and allow continued support to widows through her organization.

In addition the year-long sabbatical* (worth $100,000), the winner will also receive a 3-day/2-night trip to a spa resort in Phoenix, AZ, (date TBD) to participate in a one hour life coaching session with O, The Oprah Magazine’s life coach Dr. Martha Beck, and will be featured in advertorials in issues of O, The Oprah Magazine. The public can also continue to follow the winner throughout the year as his/her project is chronicled on http://www.thelifeimprovementproject.com/.

IKEA launched the Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest as part of the company’s Life Improvement Project, an initiative designed to educate, inspire and empower people to improve their lives at home, as well as the lives of others in their community. In addition to the contest, the national program consists of a series of free Life Improvement Store Seminars for consumers, hosted in IKEA stores across the U.S. and a Life Improvement Co-Worker Challenge to provide $10,000 each to support five winning community projects suggested by teams of IKEA employees (co-workers) across the country. This challenge gave IKEA co-workers the opportunity to win additional funding and support for a local charitable organization/cause of their choice. The winning community projects will be announced in late-December.

For more information on The Life Improvement Project, including the Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest, Life Improvement Store Seminars and Life Improvement Store Challenge, visit http://www.thelifeimprovementproject.com/.

* The grand prize winner is not required to take a leave of absence from work. If the grand prize winner chooses to take leave from employment to work on their project, they can utilize a portion of the prize toward living expenses.


There are currently more than 300 IKEA stores in 38 countries, including 37 in the U.S. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, has offered home furnishings and accessories of good design and quality at prices so low that the majority of people can afford them. TIME Magazine listed IKEA as one of the top 8 most global eco-conscious companies. IKEA incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and continuously supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.

Give Back with a Charity Drive with FREE Glad ForceFlex Bags

The holidays are just around the corner and there is no better time to be an everyday hero and give back than during this time of year when the most help is needed! One way to give back is through GLAD ForceFlex’s new Bag Bank program, where they’re encouraging consumers to host coat drives and other items from their closets to help someone in need. Clothing can then be donated to organizations that distribute gently used clothes to those in need, like One Warm Coat, an organization that provides coats to anyone in need, free of charge, Making Memories, a breast cancer support and advocacy group, which sells donated wedding dresses and uses the proceeds to fulfill the wishes of women with terminal breast cancer, and SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) an organization which collects gently used toys to be redistributed to emergency personnel and organizations to help kids cope in difficult situations.

Whether you’re collecting coats, dresses or stuffed animals, you can help address the toughest challenges in your community with the help of the GLAD Bag Bank. You provide the idea, volunteers and inspiration, GLAD will provide ForceFlex trash bags.  For more information, please visit CLMClient.com/GladForceFlexIPK to set up a drive in your community.

Your donations are a gift, you should treat them as such by preparing them with care. Charities often have to throw away donations if they are dirty, broken, unsafe, or otherwise unusable. In general, donations of used clothing and other household goods must be in good to excellent condition.

• Keep it Clean ~ Wash clothes and linens, separate clothing (for men, women, or children), and pack them with some thought—i.e., don’t shove a clean white dress shirt into a bag with shoes. You wouldn’t pack your own stuff this way, would you?

• Air out any heavier ~ bedding like blankets or sleeping bags. Wipe down toys or small appliances to
get rid of any grime.

• Keep it Safe ~ Don’t give away an item that’s been the target of a safety recall (especially toys). If in doubt, check the Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s website (cpsc.gov), which lists product recalls.

• Keep it Fresh ~ Don’t give away books with missing pages or babies’ board books that have been chewed or stained beyond repair. You can deodorize musty books by placing them in a bag with a dish of baking soda for about ten days. Try to separate books by category, and you’ll save a volunteer a lot of work on the other end.

National Philanthropy Day 2010

Today is National Philanthropy Day and for everyone who gives back, THANK YOU!

National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

In 2010, the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day, more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate in NPD events and celebrations. These events include award ceremonies, galas, luncheons, seminars and other special events. Outstanding donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, small businesses, youth in philanthropy and others will be honored on NPD in recognition of their work in improving their communities and their world every day.

You are invited to join in the celebration. Use the links on this page to find a local National Philanthropy Day® event in your community and learn more about the importance of giving and volunteerism.

Your giving, compassion and goodwill really do make a difference!