Since today is one of my sons’s birthdays (all 3 have birthdays this month) it seemed only fitting, that rather than receiving something that he doesn’t need, I explore some charitable ideas. Thats when I found Good Card.
The Good Card is a gift card with stored value ( from $10 and up) that can be redeemed as a donation to any of more than 1.2 million charities. You can send it via email or print it at home. Super easy and meaningful.
Sasha Dichter of Causes.Com is starting a movement.
He actually began last year and this is year two of rebooting Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day: one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.” The goal is to make the day about love, action and human connection – because he believes we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly.
I love Valentines Day but think there is nothing wrong with a little Generosity Day either. At the end of the day, whichever one you celebrate tomorrow, its all about the same thing…love.
These past few weeks I have been looking at new and different ways for my children to give. In my research, I came across another great resource for parents to help show their children the power of giving. That resource is a great site called ThreeJars.Com
Three jars is an online tool that basically takes the philosophy of a jar for saving, a jar for spending and a jar for giving to others. It makes allowance a powerful tool for planting the seeds of compassion in our children.
So while technology isn’t always my friend. I really believe that it can be a powerful way for us to teach our children valuable lessons on compassion and finance. Both are keys to making Charity Matter!
Since this week was Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday I thought it only fitting to share with you my “I have dream” post.
I have always been labeled a big dreamer and as the years roll by, it is a label that I am increasingly proud of. My dream is to continue to share with you inspiring stories of people that have taken their tragedy and turned into something much bigger. In many cases, it is the story of the small non-profit that began from someone’s pain.
I am familiar with this story and this journey because it it also my own. When life hands you a tragedy you are given a choice, to let it destroy you or to define you. I hope my life is used doing the latter. In these moments you realize just how little time it is that you have on this planet to really make a difference. As Dr. King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Silent is not my strong suit. There is much that matters. There is much to do. The non-profit that sprouted from my tragedy (created with an incredible group of people) is called The Spiritual Care Guild at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Being a part of building a non-profit and being able to provide chaplains to children and families at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been a defining moment and a dream that has become a reality.
Like all big dreamers, somehow the dreams become bigger. That big dream is to help to give a voice to these stories with Charity Matters. There are 1.7 million non-profits in the United States and many of them started from a tragedy, as mine did. These stories need to be told.
Dr. King used his voice to spread a message of hope. It is my dream to use my voice to continue to spread the message of these non-profits and the bigger message that Charity Matters. I think its a dream that Dr. King would approve.
In the past few months since the launch of Charity Matters I have been asked by a number of people for resources to get involved. So many people want to help but just don’t know where to start.
There is a great resource called All For Good that is about a year old. All for Good’s mission is to bring together volunteerism and community service. In order to do that they developed a custom volunteer opportunity oriented search engine that is powered by the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet.
Translation: you can just plug in a date or a zip code and they can connect you with non-profits looking for help.
I think its All for Good and Charity that Matters!