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Giving the Gift of Giving Up

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November 7, 2011 @ 11:50 am

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The author and her young cousin, Andi Grae.

Exhausted from this unrelenting, confusing senior semester, my fall break goal was to do nothing, which I almost accomplished in the best of ways: I went home, something I’ve barely done in 2011. While in Sumter, I spent a day with my cousin Vicki and her eight-year-old daughter, Andi Grae. Quality time with Vicki, who is more like my big sister, is the best—a now too-rare occurrence involving cookie dough, sharing stories and good advice. I’ve learned a lot from Vicki. As a 22-year-old, good parenting isn’t a skill that I look to pick up from her yet, and she doesn’t usually dole it out to me in the loving, invested nature with which she helps me reach decisions. On this most recent visit, however, I learned an important lesson from Vicki about being a good parent, a giving parent. Her message wasn’t directed at me but instead at Andi Grae.  More


The Modern Piggy Bank

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October 19, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

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Thanks to Abacus Planning Group for sharing this modern piggy bank with TAG!

Thinking back on your own childhood … do you remember your piggy bank? It was probably a round pig, with one hole in the top to plink your coins into. Didn’t you just love the way it sounded when the coin hit the bottom? Or how you felt when you shook out all the coins to count them?

So your old piggy bank taught you two lessons: saving and spending. But what about the other crucial pieces of the financial puzzle: investing and sharing? Why not introduce these four concepts at the same time? More


An Open Letter to She Who Inspired Our “Talk About Giving” Movement, Maria Shriver

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October 12, 2011 @ 10:45 am

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Dear Maria,

It’s funny how one little thing leads to another slightly bigger thing and then another, bigger still.

One night in 2005, I sat alone in my bedroom watching a previously recorded Oprah episode. There you were, being interviewed alongside your mother, Eunice Shriver. Enough years have passed that I can’t remember specific details, but you shared a story about growing up in a home in which there were photos of people you never met in your dining room, where conversation centered on how to help those people, who were in need.  More


Apps that Give to the Planet

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October 10, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

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'This is Green' app for iPhone

Last week we talked about smart apps that create social good and help us teach our kids about the importance of giving. Apps that teach us about and improve the environment are also in the boundless application terrain. Whether you’re driving, shopping or playing a game, these three iPhone apps support you and your family in making a necessary difference for our planet. More


Smart Apps for Social Good

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October 3, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

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How many of you have downloaded apps on your smart phone or iPad for your children? The limits to how we can use smart phones seem endless, especially when we watch our kids with them. We use apps for entertainment, socializing, music, travel and weather. Hours may pass with merely a couple of glances away from the tiny screen that lets us video chat, get directions to the mall and check gas prices.

Philanthropic plans, it turns out, can be put into motion just as seamlessly through apps and smart devices. Here are two mobile applications and an iPad app that make giving and social change as easy as leaving comments on a friend’s Facebook status. More