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

riceworks® Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps, is here to help. Recently

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

that invites consumers to nominate and vote online for the

charitable program they believe has gone the extra mile to “serve

the greater good.” As a way to help promote “goodness”,

riceworks® invites you (and your friends) to nominate and vote

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

nominate and vote for your charity, and tell your friends about

this great cause too.

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/