Philanthropy Friday: Top 10 Most Engaging Philanthropy Posts of 2013

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

Since this is the last Philanthropy Friday of the year, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the top philanthropy-related posts on this blog in 2013. When I searched for the posts with the most comments, it wasn’t surprising that some of my good friends and most favorite nonprofits came up. If you missed a few of these, I hope you will go back and read. They are some of my favorite posts as well!

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Following are the top 10 most engaging philanthropy posts on in 2013 (with #1 being the most engaging of all):

  1. Flush for Good: Celebrating World Toilet Day with Awareness and a Giveaway! Clean water for drinking and bathing is a very limited resource that we need to protect. I partnered with American Standard to celebrate World Toilet Day and gave away a $200 Lowe’s giftcard while American Standard donated 20 sanitary toilet pans to a community in need via BRAC USA and WaterAid.
  2. Saying Goodbye Saying goodbye to my first dog, Kona, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My October Giving Pledge donation was to the shelter from which we adopted him.
  3. Philanthropy Friday: Fresh Air: Open Your Heart and Your Home As my guest blogger for the day, Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life noted, “In the end, Fresh Air is so much more than a summer experience. If our Fresh Air child is ‘lucky’ for having this opportunity, then we are ‘lucky’ too.”
  4. Philanthropy Friday: Hello…Goodbye: Fostering Shelter Dogs Ilene from The Fierce Diva Guide to Life gives back through fostering dogs. “We are the bridge between the shelter and the permanent home for a dog, most of them narrowly escaping being euthanized at high kill facilities.”
  5. Philanthropy Friday: Harnessing the Power of Social Good Moms Founded by the amazing Jennifer James, Mom Bloggers for Social Good and the Global Team of 200 is an all volunteer effort, and its voices are being heard all around the world. (And I’m proud to be a member of both.)
  6. Wordless Wednesday: A Child’s Perspective Sometimes a photo is all you need to tell the story. This one is from View Finder, an organization created to help disadvantaged children discover self-expression, self-confidence and self-worth through photography. (You can read my post about View Finder on
  7. Philanthropy Friday: World Moms Blog World Moms Blog is a collaborative website that writes from over 20 countries on 6 continents about motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Plus Jen Burden is pretty awesome.
  8. Philanthropy Friday: Empowered By You Empowered By You is a new luxury lingerie brand created by the Seven Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower women throughout the globe via microfinance. This is also the first Philanthropy Friday post that made me blush.
  9. The Power of Dance I’d hate to live in a world where music, dance, art and creativity isn’t a regular part of my life. For my Giving Pledge in June, I tried to give a little back to this community.
  10. Philanthropy Friday: Feeding Our Kids 7 Day a Week Feeding America’s BackPack Program helps children get nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to keep them fed on the weekends. G and I have a great time volunteering for our local backpack program.

As a bonus, I wanted to share two of my best pieces from 2013 not on this website:

Thanks for being along for the ride in 2013!

Old School Blogging, Another Jennifer Style

You may have noticed some “old school blogging” happening around the blogosphere lately. It’s where bloggers are “tagged” and then answer questions about themselves. The questions are in an A – Z theme (see below).

Well, I was tagged by Chris over at TheMomCafe. It’s been fun to read everyone’s answers, so I jumped on in. Maybe you’ll learn a bit more about me.

Oh, and there’s a bit of a challenge when you hit U. I’m interested in seeing if anyone else can do what I can do.


A.  Attached or Single? Married to my best friend

B.  Best Friend? See above

C.  Cake or Pie? Bacon

D.  Day of Choice? Friday. There always seems to be so much promise on a Friday. April 16th is a pretty awesome day in our house as well.

E.  Essential item? My iPhone. I wouldn’t know what to do without it. Unless I have G with me. He can usually tell me what I need to be doing.

F.  Favorite Color? Purple

G.  Gummy Bears or Worms? No thanks. Though I may have fun freaking my kids out with the worms.

H.  Hometown? Hopedale, Massachusetts

I.  Favorite Indulgence? Bacon-dusted French fries from Nosh Kitchen Bar

J.  January or July? My birthday is in January, but I live in Maine. I’ll take July over January any day of the week.

K.  Kids: G (almost 8) and Biz (4 1/2)

L.  Life isn’t complete without: My parents meeting in a Cape Cod bar

M.  Marriage Date: 8.12.00 in Syracuse, NY (Getting married in 2000 makes it really easy to remember how many years you’ve been married!)

N.  Number of brothers or sisters: 1 younger sister

O.  Oranges or Apples? I’m a proud Syracuse alum. Oranges.

P.  Phobias: Heights. I have some serious depth issues.

Q.  Quotes: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi or “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” ~ Howard Aiken

R.  Reasons to smile? There’s always a reason to smile.

S.  Season of choice? All of them. That’s why I live in Maine.

T.  Tag! No way! I was totally on base.

U.  Unknown fact about me? My go-to answer for this is usually the fact that I drove the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, but since I’ve recently blogged about that, I’ll go with the fact that I can make this face:


Can you do it? I think I’ve only met one other person that can make this face, and I’m related to her. Maybe it’s genetic.

V.  Vegetable? Fresh, raw spinach. We add it to everything here.

W.  Worst Habit? Swearing and drinking too much coffee.

X.  X-ray or Ultra Sound? No thanks.

Y.  Your favorite foods? Steak, bacon, bacon-wrapped steak, French fries, bacon-dusted French fries, any form of pasta

Z.  Zodiac Sign?  Capricorn through and through

Have you written an Old School Blogging post? Leave a link in the comments so I can read it!

Wearing Your Logo

There’s something about wearing your logo on a piece of clothing that makes you feel more legit.

Business cards and stickers are great, but a t-shirt or jacket makes a statement. Am I right?

You’re saying, “Hey you! I’m bold enough to advertise my business across my chest.”

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Modeling my new custom shirt from

Or something to that effect.

I always thought that people who had t-shirts made with their logos on them had lots of money to spend on printing.

Well, I was apparently wrong. It’s totally easy to get a shirt with your business or blog logo on the front (or back) of it.

I recently made my very own another jennifer long-sleeved t-shirt on

I went with a long-sleeved shirt because I live in Maine, and you can pretty much wear a long-sleeved shirt year round. (Also, how comfy are long-sleeved t-shirts?)

There were several colors and styles of shirts to choose from on the website. I ended up with a white shirt for something different. I always seem to have dark shirts on. Plus, I figure it’ll match pretty much anything. I suspect I’ll be throwing it over short-sleeved shirts on summer nights.

Since I’m not one for overly decorated shirts, I kept it simple with my logo and my tagline, be bold. be heard. give back. eat bacon.

Let’s hope my kids stay away from the white shirt with their dirty paws.

The cool thing is that you can order one shirt at a time.  Now that I’ve tried out the long-sleeved t-shirt, and the quality is good, I’m eying a hoody.  (Hoodies are arguably more comfy than long-sleeved shirts.)

What do you think? Is the shirt a good conversation starter? Or at you just staring at my chest?

What would your t-shirt look like if you designed one on

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate to in exchange for this post. All words and opinions expressed are my own. 

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