5 Minute Philanthropy

Who among us doesn’t want to give something back to the world?  And in today’s super-speed world, most of us don’t have the extra time to volunteer or dedicate to the causes we care about.  We would like to help, but finding a way to give back usually becomes overwhelming and we push it off until another day.

But today can be different…

In just 5 minutes you could:
  • Donate your old cell phone to 911CellPhoneBank.org, they distribute to provide emergency communications to people.

  • Schedule a pickup of your used clothes or household items with Goodwill

Even five to ten minutes is enough time to start shaping your ideas of what it means to do good.  Every little bit counts!

CoverGirl contest Clean Makeup for Clean Water

Always dreamed of being a CoverGirl?  Well, here’s your chance to share your beauty AND make the world a more beautiful place.

Go to CoverGirl.com to enter the “clean water” contest by submitting a video on the subject of what you are doing to make the world a better place. Every entry will spark the donation of a week’s worth of clean water to a child. The contest’s winner will be invited on a humanitarian mission to Africa and get the chance to take part in a CoverGirl photo shoot!

Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW), which works to bring safe drinking water to people around the world, will receive $500,000 from CoverGirl to use Pur(TM) packet technology to purify more than 50 million gallons of drinking water for people in need. That much water can safely slake the thirst of 3.5 million children for a week or almost 70,000 for a year.  Sounds pretty beautiful to us!

Day 27 of 30Days/30 Ways to Give Back: DONATE FUR

Lynne Slater, a wildlife rehabilitator, was caring for a week-old bobcat whose mother had been killed by a car. Slater tried several times to feed the starving infant, but the kitten simply would not suckle a baby bottle. Then she cut a hole in a piece of fur that was donated and stuck the baby-bottle nipple through the hole, and the kitten drank hungrily. This surrogate mothering technique continued to work until the kitten was old enough to be weaned. Said Slater: “Without the Coats for Cubs fur donation, we wouldn’t have been able to help this bobcat kitten survive.”

Today’s Give Back Action: DONATE FUR

More than a decade ago, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) started Coats for Cubs (hsus.org/furdonation) as a way for reluctant fur-owners to help distressed animals. The program distributes donated furs to licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, where they’re used in bedding and nesting materials to soothe orphaned and injured wildlife.

For the past four years, HSUS has partnered with the national retail chain Buffalo Exchange (buffaloexchange.com) to collect furs at their thirty-six locations nationwide between November 1 and April 22. Visit their website for store locations.

Day 15 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: BLOCK PARENTING

Serving your community—the place where you live and work and where you’ve planted roots—is everyday philanthropy at its most relevant. Because when you serve your community, you serve yourself.

Today’s Give Back Action – Become a Block Parent

Join a Block Parent program in your community and provide a safe haven for children. A child in trouble (whether they’re lost or frightened for any reason) can turn to a Block Parent house (distinguishable by the Block Parent sign placed in your front window). For more information, visit LoveOurChildrenUSA.org. Canadians can find more information at BlockParent.ca.
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

Friday Follow on Everyday Philanthropist Blog!

Welcome all Friday Followers! This is such a great blog hopping event.  Thank you to all my Everyday Philanthropist Blog followers and WELCOME to my new followers!

Friday Follow

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!


Workman Publishing

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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.