Support St. Jude on eBay when you buy and sell

You have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Bid on St. Jude items on eBay Giving Works.
Whenever you buy an item on the St. Jude eBay Giving Works page, the seller will donate 10% to 100% of the final sale price to the cause. All money raised through St. Jude auctions will go toward helping doctors and researchers at St. Jude find cures for children all over the world. Items that benefit nonprofits such as St. Jude are marked with a blue and yellow ribbon. Members of eBay with a PayPal account can make an online cash donation or you can donate to St. Jude at the eBay checkout.

As an eBay seller you can also contribute to this great cause by designating between 10 and 100 percent of your listing’s final sale price to benefit St. Jude. Sellers that create a listing with eBay Giving Works will receive the eBay Giving Works Fee Credit which will credit the Insertion and final Value Fees back to the seller, equal to the percentage of the final sale price!  Learn how to create an eBay Giving Works listing for St. Jude.

Remember St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as you shop or sell on eBay and help ensure the dream of hospital founder Danny Thomas that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” 

Make an impact whenever you shop!

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Children are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance do not pay. St. Jude freely shares research findings with doctors and scientists around the world.



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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Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Get inspired with Nicole Bouchard Boles’ book How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist—and help us spread the word! Forward this message to your friends, family, and business associates, or cut and paste a favorite suggestion and include it in your email signature.

Here is a week’s worth of simple things you can do:

Monday – USE YOUR COMPUTER: Click to Donate

Log on to www.care2.com/click-to-donate. Choose any cause, click, and an advertiser or sponsor will make a charitable contribution on your behalf!

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 37)

Tuesday – USE YOUR TRASH: Sort Your Mail

Go to the Direct Marketing Association at http://www.the-dma.org/ and request that your name be removed from marketing lists and help save 150 million trees a year!

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 105)

Wednesday – USE YOUR BODY: Be Someone’s Eyes

Provide a free reading service for blind and low-vision people through Read This To Me, at http://www.readthistome.org/. All you need is a working phone and a fax.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 9)

Thursday – USE YOUR TALENTS: Give Warmth in a War Zone

Like to knit? Afghans for Afghans provides hand-knit and -crocheted blankets and garments to the people of war-torn Afghanistan. Visit http://www.afghansforafghans.org/ for details.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 63)

Friday – USE YOUR COMMUNITY: Buy Green Electricity

Over 50% of Americans have the option of purchasing green power directly from their utility company. To find out how, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website at eere.energy.gov/greenpower.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 136)

Saturday – USE YOUR TIME: Give a Vacation Day . . .

Volunteering just one day while on vacation is a unique way to experience part of a new city or country that most tourists never see. Cheap Tickets has a handy search tool (volunteer.cheaptickets.com) to help you find a volunteer gig that coincides with your travel plans.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 122)

Sunday – USE YOUR FAMILY: Nurture Nature

Connect your kids to their environment through activities and games on http://www.kidsface.org/.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 27)

For 223 more ways to make a difference (without breaking your wallet)—buy the book at a bookseller near you!

HOW TO BE AN EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST By Nicole Bouchard Boles

Workman Publishing

ISBN 978-0-7611-5504-1 / Price: $10.95 U.S.

www.workman.com/products/9780761155041/

Visit http://www.nicolebouchardboles.com/

Pine-Sol’s Make a Powerful Difference Contest

The Makers of Pine-Sol® Launched the Make a Powerful Difference Contest, which will award grants online to women who are helping improve their communities and are making extraordinary change.

One grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to make a powerful difference for their community or cause and an additional nine finalists will receive $1,000 to help support their initiatives.

Since 2007, when the Pine-Sol Powerful Difference program first started, the company has awarded dozens of grants to over 80 difference makers.

To enter this year’s contest, submissions can be made online at http://www.powerfuldifference.com/ until March 22. All entries must include an essay of 200 words or less on how you are making a powerful difference in your community. A panel of judges will then select the 10 Powerful Difference Maker finalists based on originality, creativity and relevance to theme, but ultimately it will be up to the general public to help vote for the lucky grand prize winner. People can vote daily for their favorite essay from April 7-21, 2010. The grand prize winner will be announced by May 5, 2010. Visit PowerfulDifference.com for official contest rules on how to enter for the $10,000 prize.

About PowerfulDifference.com

PowerfulDifference.com provides the latest tools and resources to everyday women to help them make a difference in and for their communities. The site also honors women from across the country and shares their inspiring stories. Among the site’s content is a downloadable Make a Powerful Difference Action Kit that takes visitors through an easy process of identifying their passion and taking steps to put that passion into action to affect change. Visitors can follow the Powerful Difference campaign on Twitter via @PowerfulDiff for the latest tips, content and resources to make a powerful difference this year.

Organizations Helping Haiti

How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: Major humanitarian effort. An International Red Cross Spokesperson warns that up to 3 million people may have been affected by the Hatian earthquake. How you can help: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/

CNN Impact your World details and links a number of non-profit organizations specifically helping Haiti.

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones, and I hope the survivors can find the strength to make it through this terrible tragedy. Let’s do all we can to support the people of Haiti and their families. If planning to donate in 2010 – Now, would be a great time.

Be well!
Nicole

Don’t forget to join my Facebook Fan Page! The First Annual “Four-Week Philanthropy Experiment” begins on March 1st. Each day, you’ll find tips for giving to charity – that cost you nothing! Tell your friends and let’s make 2010, The Year of Giving!

Baking to change a life

Gretchen Holt and her husband were shattered to learn that their two-year-old son, Liam, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an often-deadly form of pediatric cancer with a 30% survival rate. Gretchen wanted to know why the prognosis was so grim and learned that, compared to other cancers, very little money had been spent on neuroblastoma research. With pediatric cancer the number one cause of death by disease for children, Gretchen knew something had to change. She came up with an idea for a massive community bake sale to raise funds and awareness for under-funded pediatric cancer research—with the help of 250 community volunteers, she baked and sold 96,000 cookies. And raised nearly half a million dollars in the process.

Eventually the media got wind of this incredible feat fundraising and people began requesting information on how they could stage similar sales in their own towns. Gretchen realized this event was bigger than a single community event and she started Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to help communities set up similar fundraisers at local schools, churches, and other venues.

Make holiday fun time a lot more meaningful this year. 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 (cookiesforkidscancer.org). During the months of November and December, the Glad Company will match all money raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (up to $100,000)!

Clip Coupons for Charity?

This is so great! There is a new coupon site called Common Kindness, that allows you to clip coupons to save money on everything from groceries to magazine subscriptions, all while giving something back to non-profits in need. Common Kindness shares up to 60% of its profits with charities and social causes you select.
You save big money by clipping free coupons, and various advertisers pay an ad fee to Common Kindness that results in a share of profits with charity.
Common Kindness is completely free of charge to join to both non-profits and the public.
Do yourself (and your favorite charity a favor) and check out this site. And be sure to tell your friends, family and colleagues about Common Kindness.

Goodreads Review of Nicole’s book

GoodReads.com book Review of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community and World – At No Cost, by Nicole Bouchard Boles

Jennifer‘s review
rating: 5 Stars
status: Read in November, 2009
It is the annual season of giving and there is no shortage of requests for donations to charitable causes both in our local areas and nationwide. While someone, somewhere is in dire need of help, it seems as though the demand is higher than ever before. People, families, and children less fortunate than us desperately need a helping hand. The sheer numbers are overwhelming to be sure, but there is a lot we can do that does not always entail writing a check.
A new book, How to be an Everyday Philanthropist, has hit book stores just in the nick of time for the giving season. With brilliant strategies and thorough research, Nicole Boles lists a plethora of charities in which you can donate your time and talents and that will make a measurable difference in the lives of those in need. Reading through How to be an Everyday Philanthropist I was shocked, but delighted, by the types of charities you can volunteer your time to at home like reading documents to the blind over the phone or becoming an e-mentor to a young girl.
As a busy mom, these are the types of charities that piqued my interest first and may pique your interest as well. Giving to charitable causes does not always mean giving money, especially as the economy continues to do scary things to our savings accounts and discretionary income. But there are always ways of giving that utilize our skills and talents that really make a difference in the lives of others and that you can even do at home. Learn more about charities that can benefit from your skills and devotion in How to be an Everyday Philanthropist by Nicole Boles.”

Free Book Giveaway Contest

How are you making a difference? Are you volunteering in your community or online? Do you knit, sew or crochet for charity? Are you using your voice to raise awareness for your favorite cause?

What are YOU doing to make life better for others?

Enter your comments at FrugalNYC and enter to win a free copy of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist!

Sandwich Swap with Billy Ray Cyrus.

In this photo from Feature Photos Service: Zachary Plastina, left with his mother Carolyn McKelvy – the winners of the eBay charity auction presented by Hellmann’s® at the Mullet Festival in Niceville, Florida share a sandwich with singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus. The eBay charity auction, supporting Feeding America®, was part of Hellmann’s® virtual Sandwich Swap ‘n’ Share program (Facebook.com/hellmanns), during which Hellmann’s® donated 700,000 lunches to Feeding America®.

“Love your Veggies” School Grant

Tweet to win a “Love your Veggies” grant from Hidden Valley!

As part of its continuing efforts to help schools instill a life-long love of vegetables in children, the makers of Hidden Valley Salad Dressings have announced that as part of its fourth annual Love Your Veggies™ grant program the company will also award one $10,000 grant to an elementary school through a special Twitter contest Sept. 21-Oct. 2 at @HVRanch.

Elementary schools will be asked to tweet their 140 character application—which can include a link to a Web site or photo—to @HVRanch and then launch a re-tweet campaign for their chance to win. Full rules and regulations on the Twitter contest will be available at LoveYourVeggies.com starting today.

Please follow Hidden Valley on Face book at http://www.facebook.com/hiddenvalley and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/HVranch

Help Kelly Ripa TEXT FOR A CAUSE!

With the onset of new technology – it’s easier than ever before to support your favorite causes! Take texting for example. During the month of September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are holding a text-a-thon to help raise funds and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!
So, how does it work? Easy…
Americans can help the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by texting “Kelly” to 85944 on their cell phone. A one-time donation of $5 is charged to your wireless bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance.
OR
You can log on to http://www.kelly-confidential.com/ and input your mobile number and hit “Donate $5”. You will also be entered for a chance to win a luxury front-load washer and dryer from Electrolux in Turquoise Sky, the color inspired by the teal ribbon of ovarian cancer awareness.
Want more ways to support this great cause? Visitors to Kelly Confidential, during the month of September, can spread awareness by sending a virtual T-shirt to a friend for free. For every “T-mail” sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF. Visitors can also purchase a limited edition T-shirt designed by Ripa; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to OCRF. And, for every Turquoise Sky laundry pair purchased, Electrolux donates $200 to OCRF, as part of their $500,000 commitment to fight ovarian cancer.
Check out Kelly’s PSA for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month here.
Thank you Tara for the great tip!

About the Book…

Almost every daily action can result in a small but deeply meaningful act of giving. Here are 330 unexpected ideas for making a difference – ideas that have nothing to do with the size of your bank account and everything to do with using assets you already have. As Julie Salamon, author of Hospital, says, “This book is the perfect guide for those who want to do the right thing, but can’t figure out how.”

• Donate Your Belongings: You’re not just giving away stuff: You’re keeping an abandoned animal warm, helping a woman land a job, making a sick child’s dream come true.

• Use Your Family: Give new meaning to quality time: Adopt a puppy; become a frog watcher; be a host family for the Fresh Air Fund; deposit change into a Giving Jar; sign up for Obama’s National Family Volunteer Day.

• Volunteer Your Talents: Match your skills with a cause: Are you a whiz at Web design; accounting; writing? Help a school in Guatemala design a brochure;organize the books at your community center; write a grant proposal for a local homeless shelter.

• Use Your Computer: Give back without leaving your desk: Use a search engine that donates money to charities each time you click; be a virtual mentor to an orphaned teen; sign online petitions about vital issues.

In tough times it’s more important than ever that people and communities pull together— How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist makes it easier than ever before.