Day 11 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: DONATE FLYER MILES FOR SICK KIDS

Many sick children require state-of-the-art medical treatment that is not always available where they live. That’s where you—and your unused frequent-flyer miles—come in.

Today’s Give Back Action: Donate Air Miles!

American Airlines’ Miles for Kids in Need Program (aa.com/milesforkids) allows customers to donate their frequent-flyer miles to send kids to the top hospitals and treatment centers in the country. Most of the other major airlines run similar programs and allow you to donate miles to numerous charities. Get in touch with the customer service department of your preferred airline to find out how you can donate your frequent-flyer miles.GIVEAWAY!!!

 
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~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.



A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 8 of 30 Days/30 Ways: END CHILD HUNGER – BAKE A DIFFERENCE

Fact:  Hunger is a reality in America, nearly 17 million American children don’t always get enough food to eat.  Want to know how you can change this?  Easy as pie…
Today’s Action – BAKE A DIFFERENCE

It’s hard to say no to a cookie. Or a slice of cake. It’s especially hard to turn it down when that treat was baked for a good cause.
 
Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale (greatamericanbakesale.org) is a national initiative in which participants hold individual bake sales and and donate proceeds to their local food banks and anti-hunger initiatives.  It’s easy and fun and all of the money you raise goes toward those who need it.  The Great American Bake Sale runs from March to October this year, so get out the cookbook and start planning! Go to gabs.strength.org to register.
 
ConAgra Foods is also encouraging everyday people to turn a bake sale, pancake breakfast, or dinner party into a rally to fight against child hunger in America! The Child Hunger Ends Here website provides toolkits for planning special events and getting neighbors involved. 
 
Have some fun baking with the kids and not only will they be shaping their own idea of what it means to do good, you’ll all be creating awareness and helping educate the community about an issue that is often ignored: childhood hunger in America.

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Stove Top – Spread the Warmth Contest

To help warm up individuals and families this cold and weary winter, the Stove Top Ambassadors are taking their good deeds to select cities nationwide. From there they’ll encourage people to spread goodwill and support to those who need a helping hand.

Stove Top has been Spreading the Warmth with acts of kindness across the country by sponsoring coat drives, delivering food baskets to elderly locals and picking up bus fares for commuters (among many other good deeds). To help inspire others to do good deeds in their own communities, Stove Top is hosting a national Spread the Warmth Contest to reward hometown heroes with funds to spread warmth in their communities.

Help Spread the Warmth!

Now, Stove Top is asking for America’s help in making three grand prize winners’ dreams a reality! From March 21 through April 4, 2010, you can visit SpreadtheWarmth.com to review finalists’ essays and cast a vote for the top charitable idea to win a $10,000 grant to the non-profit charity of their choice to help make their good deed a reality!

Other ways to get involved:  Visit SpreadtheWarmth.com and read the Stove Top Spread the Warmth Ambassador blog to learn about the latest Ambassadors good deeds, where they are headed and what others are doing in their communities to lend a helping hand. People are also invited to follow the Stove Top Spread the Warmth initiative on Twitter at @SpreadtheWarmth to receive Ambassador updates or share additional ideas for helping others by using #STW in a Tweet. Select Tweets using the #STW hashtag will be featured on SpreadtheWarmth.com. Or become a fan of Stove Top Stuffing on Facebook, at Facebook.com/StoveTop, and get the latest news on what our Spread the Warmth Ambassadors are doing.

Welcome Friday Followers!

Welcome to everyone from Follow Friday! This is such a fun event to be part of. If this is your first time to my blog, I hope you enjoy it and find some great goodwill ideas. Please check out my blog, hit the follow button and leave me a comment – and I will return the favor. Happy Friday Follow!

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Vote for your Favorite Cause and your Charity could win $20000!

Want to help your charity but don’t know where to start? Snack Alliance, the maker of

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riceworks® launched “Show Us Your Goodness,” a social campaign

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for the nonprofit organization or charitable cause you find most

inspiring. By doing so, your charity then has a chance to win

$60,000 in shared prize money. Nominations are due by February

28, 2010, at which time a panel of judges will select 33

finalists to be considered for $60,000 in support funds during

the final round of voting. The top three finalists will win

$20,000, and $5,000 each, while the remaining 30 winning

nominations will share $1,000 each as part of a Sponsor’s Choice

Award. Do something good today. Visit http://www.showusyourgoodness.com/ to

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DonorsChoose.org offers unique philanthropic sale for Presidents’ Day

Remember this organization I talked about in How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist – Donorschoose.org?
Public schools are struggling more and more to come up with the money for basic classroom supplies, and teachers often have to purchase essentials using their own money. DonorsChoose.org helps fill this gap in a very simple way. Teachers post requests online (all requests are verified by the site) for items they and their students desperately need. You choose a project and the amount you would like to give. DonorsChoose.org then distributes the supplies and makes sure each donor receives photos and thank-you notes from the students.

Well, it gets even better!

This weekend online education charity DonorsChoose.org and the Pershing Square Foundation are teaming up to offer a Presidents’ Day Sale worth caring about.

Every project request submitted by a public school teacher at DonorsChoose.org that supports American History or Civics will be discounted to within $100 of completion. Everyday citizens will be challenged to complete the funding for discounted projects, which primarily serve high poverty classrooms, before the offer expires. This philanthropic sale starts on Thursday, February 11, and runs through Monday, February 15.


The Presidents’ Day offer is the first in a new series called “Almost Home,” made possible by a $1 million grant from the Pershing Square Foundation. Over the next four months, funding will be implemented as five site-wide “Almost Home” offers, each pegged to a specific theme day. For a limited time each month, “citizen philanthropists” will be challenged to activate matching funds from the Pershing Square Foundation by completing the funding on classroom projects meeting the theme day’s criteria.


Here’s how the “Almost Home” series will work this Presidents’ Day Weekend: each qualifying project will display a specialized logo that is easily identifiable to donors looking to maximize their impact on students at a low personal cost. As with any project request at DonorsChoose.org, donors can contribute any dollar amount to classroom projects during each “Almost Home” campaign. Once a project is completely funded, DonorsChoose.org will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. Donors will hear back from them classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


Classroom project requests that support Civics and American History will come from public and charter schools in all 50 states over Presidents’ Day Weekend and range from a New York City classroom in need of a computer to compete in a nationwide history contest, to a classroom in Los Angeles that needs reading supplies to teach eager first generation Americans about U.S. History.


About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


To date, 118,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through http://www.donorschoose.org/ individuals from all walks of life have helped 2.8 million students from low-income families.




About Pershing Square Foundation
Founded in December 2006 by William Ackman, The Pershing Square Foundation has made donations and pledges of approximately $40 million since its inception. Areas of support include, closing the achievement gap in education, global health care, human rights, poverty alleviation and the arts, with a focus on social enterprise as a vehicle of delivery.


Help St. Jude in Target’s Super Love Sender Promotion

Facebook users can help the kids of St. Jude at no cost, thanks to Target’sSuper Love Sender promotion.
Target is giving away $1 million toSt. Jude and other charity partners, and Facebook users will determine how much each charity will receive.

From now through February 14, visit www.facebook.com/target to send customized, football-inspired, Valentine’s Day video cards to friends and family. You may send up to 10 cards per computer per day. St. Jude will receive one vote for each card sent.

The total number of votes will determine the percentage of the $1 million that St. Jude will receive.

On February 15, Target will announce the final donations to each charity. Funds donated to St. Jude through the Super Love Sender promotion will support the hospital’s groundbreaking research and lifesaving care, including the St. Jude School Program.
Join or log in to Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/target to get started.

We can help Haiti. And it all starts with you.

For Canadians wanting to help Haiti, Have $1 to donate? Go to http://www.sweetspot.ca/ and turn it into $3. Sweetspot.ca has partnered with UNICEF – the lead agency for water, nutrition, child protection and education – to help Haiti through its recovery. They are also reaching out to their readers for extra help so tha…t every dollar donated goes THREE times as far. How does it work? You donate whatever amount you feel comfortable giving, and sweetspot.ca will donate TWICE as much, automatically turning every dollar you donate into three! (And, sweeter yet, the Canadian Federal Government has its own matching program, so your contribution will go even further!)