January 30, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
Every day we spend a little time perusing Twitter. We follow a bunch of people and organizations ranging from parenting experts to philanthropic gurus to news outlets and journalists to finance geniuses and more. It’s really pretty fascinating – and in addition to sometimes being the first to know random news and information (you know, everything from Michael Jackson’s doctor’s trial to the latest and greatest on the GOP nominees), more importantly we have access to a mountain of great resources, research and insight on the topic of giving, family and child development.
Today we came across these little words of inspiration from Michael Chatman (@michaelchatman). He’s a well-respected and well-known leader in the world of philanthropy and fundraising and just yesterday, he Tweeted:
January 27, 2012 @ 8:45 am
TAG Question of the Week
When we think about philanthropy, three ‘gifts’ come to mind that can be shared: 1) Time, 2) Talent, and 3) Treasure. All are important. If you don’t have money, you can give your time. If you don’t have time, you can give your money. If you have a special talent or profession, you can use it to help someone in need.
But today, let’s focus on money. Why is it important to give financially? Without financial support, organizations and services will cease to exist. Since the economic downturn, we’ve seen nonprofits struggle and even close due to decreased funding. Money is needed to house rescued dogs and cats. Money is needed to pay the bills for the offices at The Cooperative Ministry. Without donations, Souper Bowl of Caring would not be able to support groups throughout the country in raising millions of dollars for hunger organizations. More
January 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm
New Year, new traditions. We’ve been talking about ways we can enrich our children’s giving experiences and introduce them to the world of helping others. Charitable birthdays have been a favorite, but what about other children in our lives that we love and care about? Your son’s bff since preschool, your best friend’s daughter, your godchild, niece/nephew, grandchild, neighbor, college roommate’s kid, etc. While it might not be our responsibility to rear these children, we might play a significant role in their lives – and in their families. It takes a village, right? And we do have a responsibility to positively influence children that are part of our lives. Think about the adults that you looked up to when you were a child. Who were they and what did you learn from them? Think about the children in your life that look up to you. More
January 18, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
So you’re thinking about planning a Charitable Birthday for your kiddo(s) this year but not sure what nonprofit would be appropriate to support?
To help, we’ve pulled together a list* of Midlands, SC-area** nonprofits for your consideration that provide wish lists on their websites. Items requested range from art supplies to snacks to cleaning products to linens to baby food. There are so many options! More
January 16, 2012 @ 11:22 am
“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dreams are like roadmaps. Like plans that will lead us where we wish to go, change we desire to see and shape whom we become. As parents, we can help our children contemplate their dreams, what they wish for in life and what they care for most. Naturally, these dreams will be modified in time. What your five-year-old dreams of today might be different when she is eight. But providing our children with an environment where they can flourish and dream – and dream big – will increase their chances of dreaming big when it really counts. More