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Hurricane Harvey: Where You Can Donate

“If you’re watching the reports of unprecedented rain and historic flooding unfolding in Texas from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, you might be wondering what you can do to help.

If you live in the Houston area, the sheriff’s office is asking for people with boats and vehicles that can handle high water to help with rescues.

For everyone else, one easy way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of the many charities involved with the response and recovery. Here are some suggestions and a little guidance if you’re not sure where to start.

This ProPublica article about giving after a disaster is worth reading in its entirety, but it makes a couple of key points to keep in mind:

Do your own research before giving to any group.
Groups with strong local ties to their community can sometimes be the best option.
You have a right to demand accountability of the groups you give to.”

Read the full post here.

Giving Back During the Holidays

giving during holidays

Some people find opportunities all year long to give back to their community. Others, and most people fit in their category, rely on traditions and appointed days of the year when they make an effort to give back. No matter which category you belong to, the holiday season is great time to be generous.

I believe that we need to broaden the definition of generosity and charity. These two words are often associated with monetary contributions but what we fail to realize is that people around us and around the world are in need of warmth and love just as much as they are of financial help. It may be hard to digest but the number of attempted suicides surge during the Christmas season. Those dealing with mental health issues and the pain of loneliness feel the pressures of life even more acutely during these few weeks to supposed festivity.

Here are five ways you can give in kind.

1. Start with your family.
You know why they say that charity begins at home? It’s because if everyone takes care of their own families, then one will be left in need and unloved. If you neglect the needs of those who depend on you and worry about giving to strangers, you need to rethink your priorities.

2. Accept people as they are.
Too many people face uninvited comments and judgement for what they believe in, how they express themselves, who they identify as and what their political beliefs are. Do them a favor: accept them as they are. Everyone is on a different place in their life with different challenges and experiences. We should not try to mould those around us but give people the love and respect they so need.

3. Give in the form of service.
If you’re crunched on cash, don’t fret! You can partake in one of the many soup kitchens in your city to give back to those in need. Remember to add an extra pinch of love in the soup you make!

4. Visit a senior’s home.
All you’ll need is a crossword puzzle or a board game like scrabble and you’re set! Seniors love nothing more than kind stranger (albeit young person) that visits with their favorite pastime toys and gives them company on cold winter evening.

5. Donate your blood.
You can save a life by doing this simple act of kindness. If you want to go one step further, pledge to donate your organs upon your death. Make sure you let your loved ones know about your decision so it’s not a surprise.

6. Smile often.
Oftentimes we don’t know the states people us are in and our attitude and treatment of them can make or break their day. Remember that even a smile is charity and you can warm the hearts of those around you with very little effort.

25 Quick Fundraiser Ideas for Beginners


Why Quick Fundraising Ideas?

Oftentimes, individuals and organizations alike need some quick fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling on a longer-term campaign, get through a mid-campaign hump, or for an emergency situation. The ideas also need to be engaging enough to get people involved, and quickly. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 25 quick fundraising ideas that are sure to rally people to raise money for charity, and have fun while doing it!

1. Channel Your Inner Master Chef
A nod to cooking reality TV, try rounding up supporters and foodies around a friendly culinary competition. Contestants create their best dishes with a specific ingredient, or other criteria, and people pay to taste and cast their votes.

2. Nearly New Sale
Collect your team’s gently worn, barely used clothes or artifacts and host a weekend sale or auction. Take pictures of the items beforehand, post them on social networks and generate buzz around your event.

3. Breakfast in Bed
Solicit local businesses to donate breakfast foods, have supporters and their networks place orders, and deliver the goods!

Read the full post here.

The Subtle Problems of Charity


Probably there is no relation in life which our democracy is changing more rapidly than the charitable relation,—that relation which obtains between benefactor and beneficiary; at the same time, there is to point of contact in our modern experience which reveals more clearly the lack of that equality which democracy implies. We have reached the moment when democracy has made such inroads upon this relationship that the complacency of the old-fashioned charitable man is gone forever; while the very need and existence of charity deny us the consolation and freedom which democracy will at last give.

We find in ourselves the longing for a wider union than that of family or class, and we say that we have come to include all men in our hopes; but we fail to realize that all men are hoping, and are part of the same movement of which we are a part. Many of the difficulties in philanthropy come from an unconscious division of the world into the philanthropists and those to be helped. It is all assumption of two classes, and against this class assumption our democratic training revolts as soon as we begin to act upon it.

The trouble is that the ethics of none of us are clearly defined, and we are continually obliged to act in circles of habit based upon convictions which we no longer hold. Thus, our estimate of the effect of environment and social conditions has doubtless shifted faster than our methods of administering charity have changed. Formerly when it was believed that poverty was synonymous with vice and laziness, and that the prosperous man was the righteous man, charity was administered harshly with a good conscience; for the charitable agent really blamed the individual for his poverty, and the very fact of his own superior prosperity gave him a certain consciousness of superior morality.

Read the full post here.