Day 30 of 30Days/30 Ways to GIVE: Make a Difference, Everyday!

We’ve reached the end of our “30 Days/30 Ways to Give” program.  I thank you all for taking part in this inititiave during National Volunteer Month and I hope you each take something away, that you can do in your daily life, from this blog.

Mother Theresa once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Consider these words as you silence that little voice that says, “But I’m only one person,” and remember that small actions and decisions can add up to great change. There are thousands of people out there who feel the same way you do, who want to leave our world a better place—with everyday philanthropy, perhaps we can.

Stay tuned…

Day 13 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: DRINK FOR CHARITY

As a true wine enthusiast, I definitely love trying new varities. And quenching my tastebuds while satisfying my appetite for social change is always a bonus. With that in mind, there are a few wineries with big hearts that are bringing about a flood of goodwill, by donating proceeds from the sales of their product to charitable causes.



Today’s Give Back Action: Toast to a Good Cause

Ehlers Estate is one such winery that produces beautiful wines for the discriminating wine aficionado.  Held in trust by the non-profit Leducq Foundationy, Ehlers Estate donates one hundred percent of the proceeds to cardiovascular research.


Fledging Wine – Is a Twitter wine project that promotes literacy around the world. For each bottle you buy, $5 will be donated to Room to Read, a transformational non-profit that brings books, libraries and ultimately literacy to people in the poorest areas around the world.


Humanitas WinesHumanitas is a unique winery with a very compelling story. Simply put, they make wine, sell it, and give the profits to local charities! Donating all profits to three specific issues-affordable housing, illiteracy and hunger, this winery reaches out to charities’ regional chapters within communities where they wine is sold.

No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Estates, a winery in Vineland, Ont., in the heart of the world-renowned Niagara region, helps to make the world a better place. A portion of the proceeds of No. 99 wine sales go to Gretzky’s foundation, which helps underprivileged children across Canada play sports. So far, the foundation — which started in 2002 — has raised more than $1 million (close to $50,000 of that from wine sales), which it has distributed to charitable groups, sports teams and sports centres across Canada.


Here’s your chance to raise your glass for a good cause.  Remember: Drink responsibly and live charitably!
 
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

Day 7 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ KNIT FOR A CAUSE

Even the youngest among us can give back with a little pearl and stitch.

Knitting for a cause can be as simple as creating a winter hat for the homeless or it can involve knitting items to donate to people with cancer or to sell in support of a cause you believe in. Whether you have a special skill that you use in your professional life or a hobby you enjoy in your off-hours, your talents make you uniquely suited for a particular kind of giving—it’s just a matter of finding the right fit.

Today’s Action – Knit for a Cause!

Give Warmth in a War Zone

Founded by a knitter, Afghans for Afghans (afghansforafghans.org) provides hand-knit and -crocheted blankets, mittens, hats, socks, vests, and other garments to the people of war-torn Afghanistan. The organization takes its inspiration from the Red Cross’s old tradition of providing knitted items in times of war and crisis. Visit the organization’s website for details, as well as inspirational photos of volunteers, their creations, and the people who receive them.
 
Comfort an Animal

The Cage Comforter Program (pleasebekind.com) tries to make an orphaned animal’s stay in the shelter a little less traumatizing by replacing the shredded newspaper that usually lines the cages with small handmade comforters. The comforters give shelter animals something cozy to nestle in and aid in their transition to a new home once they’ve been adopted. If your local shelter doesn’t have a Cage Comforter Program, the website has instructions on how to start one.

Clothe a Baby

Clothing is a basic human need that goes unmet for far too many families. Newborns in Need (newbornsinneed.org) assists impoverished families of premature and newborn babies in crisis by distributing donated handmade blankets, quilts, and sleepers. Check out their website for patterns, preemie sizing chart, and donating instructions.

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

Top 10 Holiday Shopping Switches that Help Charity

10 Great Gifts that Give Back!

As the holidays approach, Nicole Bouchard Boles, author of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, offers gift ideas that give back. What’s really unique about all these stylish philanthropic finds is that 100% of the purchase price (less taxes and all related expenses) goes directly to benefit various causes. It’s the perfect way to give something special and something back this Christmas!

1. Greeting cards –
Holiday Reindeer Greeting Cards $15 for a box of 25. 100% of proceeds will benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

2. Holiday Treats –
For Giving Souls Hot Chocolate Trio $14.95. The Hunger Site will donate 25 cups of food to the hungry for each trio purchased.

3. Kids toys –
UNICEF Jungle Soft Toys $9 – 100% of sale proceeds benefit the work of UNICEF

4. Gifts for Kids –
J.K. Rowling’s newest book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, (on sale December 4) $12.95. Net proceeds will go to the Children’s High Level Group, which helps children in Eastern Europe.

5. Gifts for Her-
JUICY Couture Canvas Tote. $55.00 100% of profits after all related expenses benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital Research.

6. Gifts for Him –
Tommy Hilfiger Limited Edition Necktie $24.50. 100 % of the proceeds are donated to Dress for Success Worldwide.

7. Secret Santa Gifts –
Noodle and Boo Believe Honey Soap Bar $12. All Proceeds go to the Raise Your Hand Campaign which is building a water purification system in Heeraraa, Ethiopia.

8. Gifts for the Family Pet –
Dog T-Shirt $26.00. 100% of proceeds go to Love Without Boundaries – A charity that helps the orphaned children in China.

9. Employee Gifts –
Gift of Hope: Night Before Christmas Mug Set. $12.99. Every penny of profit from your Gift of Hope purchase goes directly to diabetes research.
10. Wrapping and packaging –
Reusable Holiday Felt Bags Starting at $3. 100% goes to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Bonus gift – Onehopewine ONEHOPE Wine donates proceeds of profits to partner charities, supporting the fight against breast cancer (Chardonnay), HIV/AIDs (Merlot) and autism.

For more great ways to “shop on purpose” throughout the year, check out Nicole’s new book How to be an Everyday Philanthropist (Workman, 2009), with more than 300 ideas for low-cost, everyday ways to make a difference. http://www.nicolebouchardboles.com/