(P.S. Before you make any donation make sure you learn more than what I have posted below. I am just trying to inspire you to get up and get helping others.) :)
7/13/2011: This morning I found the website of Dr. David Pigott, a Professor of History at Brigham Young University-Idaho. A couple years ago he started a non-profit called Enough and to Spare, a charity that focuses on humanitarian relief for school children in Uganda. He has involved his university students and they are out actively trying to raise money to help more people in Uganda. Take a look around his site and if the cause is something that peaks your interest consider making a gift.Way to go Dr. Pigott!
7/12/2011: Today I found this post from Lisa @ "For Kicks and Giggles". She is originally from Minot, North Dakota, which has been experiencing some terrible flooding. This has prompted Lisa to start a fundraiser to help those who have lost their homes. She is making bows (go to the site to see them) and selling them. 100% of the proceeds from her sales will go to those in need. Way to Lisa and good luck. I hope you sell a bunch of bows.
7/11/2011: Well it was a busy weekend for those out there being philanthropic. There were a number of folks I want to highlight today. First, I ran into a blog called "Somewhat Simple" run by Stephanie. She has started a series she is calling her "Summer of Service". She has been asking other bloggers to help her share ideas of service. Here are the four she has already posted about. Send birthday cards to Foster Kids, Service Auctions, Hotel Toiletries Idea, Giving Nature a Good Cleaning, and her most recent post on Goodies for the Homeless. Stephanie, way to go! Keep the great ideas coming!
7/11/2011: The next opportunity I found was from Danyelle Ferguson, Author of (dis)Abilities and the Gospel and blogger @ "Queen of the Clan" She is encouraging donations to the Christian Youth Theater in Kansas. I guess this fundraiser is nationwide and a portion of your purchases at Barnes & Noble are going to the effort. You will have to read her blog for all the details but in essence if you use the Book Fair ID# 10512580 a portion of your purchase will go to the Christian Youth Theater. Thanks for bringing this opportunity to my attention Danyelle and good luck with your book signing event. I hope you sell lots of books and reach your $2,000 goal for the folks at Christian Youth Theater.
7/11/2011: I found this great story of service render to help folks that have suffered down in Joplin. It comes from Nadine @ "The Albrecht Squad". They are an army family that also love the scouting movement. Over the weekend Nadine wrote about her husband and sons and their time they volunteered to help out. You don't always have to give money to make a difference you can also give your time and here is a great story of a family doing it together. Way to go Albrecht's!
7/11/2011: Mahonri Stewart over @ "A Motley Vision" posted over the weekend about his dream to establish the "Zion Theatre Company." You can go to there website to learn more about what they are trying to accomplish. The tag line says a lot "Add More Meaning To Your Life." With dreams come the reality of funding those dreams and Mr. Stewart's post faces those realities. He is considering doing some fundraising but doesn't appear to have launched anything official just yet. If you are inclined towards theater or the work Mahonri is trying to accomplish I would encourage you to reach out to him, make a donation, help him get this thing up and off the ground.
7/8/2011: Today I came up empty handed trying to feature a blogger out there promoting philanthropy but I did find a great article from Mashable on getting involved without pulling out your wallet. I wrote a short blog post about it here.
7/7/2011: Tristi Pinkston @ "Tristipinkston.blogspot.com" featured a fundraising idea she is trying to promote. As an author she has been using her book signings as opportunities to encourage others to make a donation to one of her favorite causes. This year she has identified The Ssejinja Children's Foundation a non-profit that serves the needy of Uganda. Her goal is to encourage all those that come to her book signings (see calendar/locations here) to bring a pencil or two. She will collect all these pencils and then give them to the organization, who will in turn provide them to school children in Uganda. Way to make a difference Tristi.
7/6/2011: Today I ran across this post from Natalie @ "thebobbypin" blog. In the post she shares an opportunity to make a donation to the charity of your choice through a company called Plum District. I guess it is similar to Groupon. I guess you have to sign up, then pick a charity. As a result a $3 donation is made. Thanks for the post Natalie.
7/5/2011: Erin @ "Erinannie" blog wrote over the weekend about her increased desire to want to help victims of breast cancer. She has found a site where a simple click of a button generates a gift to cancer research. She also featured a friend Lindsey @ "the r house" who makes necklaces for cancer survivors. Way to go Erin and Lindsay!
7/5/2011: I found this great story in the Deseret News. For an Eagle Scout project Sterling Peterson decided to help the people of Japan. After the disaster he decided to dedicate his Eagle Project to giving the school kids soccer balls. He held a fundraiser in Salem, UT and raised enough money to make the donation of soccer balls plus uniforms, training cones and portable fans for the school. This was especially near to Sterling's heart because his great-grandparents were from Japan. Nice job Sterling! You can't give to this project but I thought I would share it to give you yet another idea for charity.
7/5/2011: Here is a great post by Greg Taggart @ "Mintlife". He gives some sound advice on making charitable donations. As you look through the opportunities on my blog this post might be a good first read. I also have to say that I am glad Greg referenced Arthur C. Brooks work. If you want some good reading on charitable giving and its impact on you and our country it is wealth worth looking at his work. Brooks does tend to be a little harsh if you are of a left leaning persuasion politically.
7/5/2011:Finally, here is a great little post from Alexis @ "Mormonlife" about the many ways we can help support service men and women and their families. Several charities are recommended and several hands on ideas are given. I recommend you go straight to the site and read through all the suggestions. Thanks Alexis for the great post!
7/1/2001: Yesterday LDS.org posted a new section on their site promoting volunteering and donation opportunities in the church. Here is a link. I am partial to LDS Philanthropies but then again I work there. I have also been involved advising the Vineyard project so I would recommend it as well. Happy volunteering/giving.
6/30/2011: The "Mama Nut" over @ "5 Nuts in a Nutshell" posted this opportunity. I guess Gillette is doing a promotion/charity drive for the USO .(a private, non-profit that provides morale and recreational service to military personal.) According to Mama Nut, Gillette will donate $1 for every comment, picture or story posted on the Gillette Facebook Page this year. So head on over to 5 Nuts in a Nutshell or the Gillette Facebook Page and do some clicking!
6/29/2011: I learned today from "Lady of Perpetual Chaos" that you can donate coupons to military families. I had never heard of this. Imagine sending your unused coupons to our military families to help them make their dollar go further. Can't think of a better thing to get involved in during this 4th of July season. Thanks for the idea!
6/29/2011: Here is a great event taking place this Friday night in Spanish Fork, UT. I found it on Candace Salima's "In my opinion..." blog. The Twist and Shout concert will start at 7pm at the American Leadership Academy (1172 Del Monte rd, Spanish Fork, UT) The event is free but you can also make a donation to support the arts.
6/29/2011: This morning I ran across this plea for help online. It comes from Sheyann @ "Andy's Clan" blog. This couple like many others struggle to have children of their own. They are trying to adopt but again like so many couples find it difficult to come up with all the funds necessary to adopt. I can relate personally to this cause because my wife and I have had a very difficult time getting pregnant. We were in the middle of saving for adoption when my wife became pregnant with our first. We are now almost three years into trying for our third. We aren't done yet and adoption may still be in our future.
So, back to the story. This family is frustrated and is considering starting a "grant program". They are looking for help and advice on how to set something up. If you have expertise in fundraising or non-profit management, they could use some help.
6/27/2011: I found this article today in the Deseret News. It features the philanthropic work of Marilyn Hyer of Santa Rosa, California. This sweat 81 year old sister has just completed and donated her 1,100 blanket to LDS Humanitiarian Services. Way to go Marilyn!
6/27/2011: Today I ran across a blog by Cynthia @ "A Dream Adoption...Positively Twins". I was impressed with her post and the general nature of her blog. Many families, mine included have struggled to have children of their own. Cynthia has devoted this blog to her families journey to have children. As you look through the blog you will see that the family is in the process of raising money to adopt. Take a look around and help them out if you can.
6/23/2011: Today I found a story from Christina @ "from one momma to another". She posted on Tuesday about a pair of shoes that she bought. At first glance this doesn't appear to be a very philanthropic story but if you keep reading she has found a company "Toms" that for every pair of shoes that you purchase they will donate another pair to a child in need. That's not a bad match! Thanks for sharing your find Christina, my wife will soon find out about it as well and then she really will want to buy more shoes. :)
Here is a short video I found about Toms.
6/23/2011: Naomi Ellis @ "Seven Cherubs" highlighted yesterday the work of a couple of her friends Samantha and Lisa at "500 Hours". It was a great post about the happiness that comes from giving of yourself, your time and your talents to help others. 500 hours mission is to "do something about the decline in community connectedness. These ladies are focusing their efforts on the Kippa Ring State School where there are a lot of challenges with student performance. They have donated money and their time to the cause. Way to go Samantha and Lisa, and thank you to Naomi for bringing their work to my attention. If you want to get involved or make a gift visit the 500 Hours site.
6/23/2011: I ran into this little post on Alice Wills Gold site @ "I'm so Funny (Sometimes)". She posted yesterday about a friend and song writer Jimmy Hinson. I guess Jimmy has a sister Emily who just donated her kidney to her husband. You may have to re-read that to catch all those relationships. In any case as a song writer Jimmy has created a song which you can download for .99 cents. He is saying that all the money will go to help pay for Emily and her husbands medical bills. Both are still students and have very little resources. So if this story strikes your fancy go to this site and buy the file. Good luck Alice, Jimmy, Emily and Husband!
6/23/2011: Congrats to Lisa @ "A Crazee Chick's View of Life" Blog. She just completed the Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay and reached her fundraising goal. In total $1 million was raised and 852 kids will benefit as a result.
She had such a great time she has already signed up for next year. This is what philanthropy can do for you. It is addictive. Way to go Lisa!
6/21/2011: Here is a fundraiser I found on Eric Stone's website. He is raising money for a friend who is battling cancer. If you can, lets get involved. Here is a widget that highlights the cause.
6/19/2011: Here is another great project underway to help a family create a "Flat Daddy"(Google it)for the kids to enjoy the company of their father while he is serving in the armed forces.
This project is sponsored by Annette Lyon at "The Lyon's Tale" blog. Click the link and Annette will describe how you can get involved.
6/19/2011: Here is another interesting cause I ran into this morning. Some of you may have heard about the Zagg competition for an iPad 2. Each contestant is supposed to come up with a way to publicize the Zagg logo. The best idea will win the iPad. Well Heather L. Lawver at "The Heather Show" blog has come up with a win win win idea. Here it is.In Heather's own words...
"For my entry, I pledged that if chosen as a winner, I would create hundreds of bright, bold, colorful pillowcases for wounded soldiers in Afghanistan!"
Here is the pillow. If you like her idea give her a vote! Let's help Heather win an iPad, Zagg get their brand out there, and wounded soldiers get some colorful comfortable pillows. Voting ends June 24th.
Here are the instructions to vote. " Click here to go to the contest page! To vote for my proposal, go to Page 3 and look for "Sweet Zagg Dreams for Wounded Soldiers". That's mine! Click the big green "VOTE" button! And that's it!"(UPDATE: 6/27/2011---SHE WON!!!)