Posts Tagged ‘charitable giving’

5 Questions to Ask Before Donating to Charity

These days, it has never been easier to financial support a charitable cause or organization. Whether it’s a “text-to-give” campaign or clicking a “Donate Now” button, we can contribute in a variety of ways on our own terms. However, just because it’s easier to make a difference, it’s still important to be diligent about who gets our dollars.

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Turn Your Living Space Into A Giving Space

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Everyday, we stumble into the world to work, play, eat, and everything in between. But, no matter how much fun we have in the streets, there’s really is no place like home (Thank you, Dorothy). On most days, there is no place that I’d rather be than my house. Yesterday, I was sitting around trying to think of little habits that I could introduce in order to make my household a giving household. And, to my great surprise, I created a list of 9 small yet effective ways that you (and I) can “turn our living space into a giving space.”

1. Place a piggy bank in your front hall or on your bedroom dresser and empty your loose change on a daily basis. At the end of the month, donate the funds to your favorite charity. This bank (right) even has a slot for your “charity change.”

Money Savvy Pig, $16.99

Money Savvy Pig, $16.99

2. Give back to the environment. Throw those water/wine bottles and pop cans in a bag, and recycle when it’s full.

3. Whenever you purchase a new item of clothing, automatically select something in your closet to give away. Put the items to the side and donate on a monthly basis or at the start of a new season.

4. Decorate your home with items that benefit a great cause, like the beautiful pillow below found on BuildANest.com. NEST provides micro-loans to female artists in developing countries, sells their crafts in the US, and recycles the money back.

Lotus Blossom EcoArt Pillow, $68

Lotus Blossom EcoArt Pillow, $68

5. The lotion that you never opened? The makeup samples still in the package? Gather those things and give to a local women’s shelter. You’d be surprised how new perfume or lipstick can help lift spirits of women going through difficult times.

6. Next time that you host a get-together, ask your guests to bring a canned good. Then, take the items to a food bank in your area.

7. Give back to yourself by placing motivational quotes around your house. One of my favorites:  “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Kimora Lee Simmons

8. Incorporate awards, “Thank You” letters, and other “gifts” from charities into the decor of your home. Last year, a 5-year old sweetheart made me a card complete with a heart, glitter, and my name. That beautiful piece proudly hangs on my fridge. It always makes me smile and reminds me of our fun time together!

9. Like fresh flowers, fruits, and veggies? Purchase your goods from a community garden or co-op. Your patronage will not only help to support the garden, but also any other programs/services provided.

If you have any ideas to add, drop them in the comments box! I’d love to know what you guys are doing!

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VIDEO: Giving Back To Yourself

In today’s “Fab Gab,” I’m talking to you guys about the importance of giving back to yourselves! It’s honestly just as important as givng to others. You need to make sure that you’re taking the time to enrich and enhance your life. We only have one life… Make the best of it! The idea of today’s topic came to me while reading “Fabulousity” by Kimora Lee Simmons.

Check out my thoughts by watching the video below! Oh, and I think I coined the term “circle of giving.” Unless someone is already using it…

Have a great weekend, everyone! Talk to you all on Monday 🙂

“Will a Man Rob God?” – Giving In Church

Okay, let’s talk about something personal. Every year, I resolve to stay faithful and up-to-date on my tithes and offerings at church…and every year, I stumble and falter along the way. My pastor has been preaching on the topic of finances for the past few months, covering everything from faith-based philanthropy to Sunday’s topic, giving what you owe the Lord.

I’m not going to lie…I should probably definitely give more money in church than I do. Some of you won’t admit it, but I have NO problem being honest about that. So, the sermon was definitely hard for me to swallow. Especially when Reverend brought out the scripture “Will a man rob God?…” The answer? Yes. That makes me sad. I mean, how can you (I) rob God???? 🙁

Anyways, needless to say, this year, I’m going to stick to my guns and sacrifice what is owed and anything additional in church. Period. I give funds and attend special events to raise money for my favorite charities, knowing that I should’ve also put an extra $20 in the offering basket for the scholarship fund!

This year will be the year to get it right! Besides, I’m going to need all the favor that I can get!

Anyone else struggle with this?

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