Philanthropy Friday: Resolve to Give Every Single Day

 

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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.

This post was originally written as a guest post for SkinnyScoop last June. I dug it up because I thought it was a nice reminder that we can resolve to give every single day in 2013.

I’m kind of obsessed with philanthropy. It’s been a topic that I’ve explored on this blog quite a bit.

I’m intrigued by the whole concept of philanthropy. What it means. How we define it. How we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.

I guess the obsession goes back to my work in the nonprofit world. I’ve worked in fundraising departments and run marketing communications efforts for behavioral health agencies since 2004. I still do on a consulting basis. In the process, I’ve seen first hand the power of philanthropy.

Let me be clear here. I’m not necessarily talking about donating money. Giving money is good, of course, but there’s more to this philanthropy thing. You know that feeling you get when you help someone?

Have you ever had someone tell you that something you did, though very small to you, actually made a huge positive impact on her life?

Whether it’s planned or not, it feels good to give. In fact, some studies have shown that it’s actually good for our health because it contributes to our overall well-being.

According to Martin Seligman, a positive psychologist, there are three paths to happiness – the pleasant life, the good life and the meaningful life. It turns out that the “meaningful life,” which involves using our strengths to serve something larger than us, brings us the most happiness. And studies have shown that doing good for others actually makes us feel happiest of all.

The problem is that we sometimes forget to give. We get caught up in our busy lives and stop paying attention to those around us. Been there. Done that.

Imagine the impact we could make if we all did just one simple good deed every day. Nothing big. Just a simple good deed that might inspire others to pay it forward with another good deed.

See where I’m going here?

If you need some inspiration, I started a list of some simple ways to incorporate philanthropy into your life. Microphilanthropy, if you will. I hope you will add to it, so we can reference it year round.

December shouldn’t be the only season for giving.

(View the list on SkinnyScoop)

Philanthropy Friday: Simple Ways to Give Every Day

skinnyscoop logoEach 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.

So, we’re changing it up a bit for Philanthropy Friday this week. That’s because I am the guest blogger on SkinnyScoop today.

SkinnyScoop is an online tool to help you curate lists. I love it because you can combine an equal amount of good content with good visuals. People can follow your lists, comment on them and even add to them. It’s pretty fun. I’ve embedded a few of my lists onto my blog and am working on organizing my Philanthropy Friday posts onto one page using SkinnyScoop. (Seriously. My “all about bacon’ list has just about 13,000 views right now.)

Anyway, my post is all about philanthropy and how doing good for others makes us happier. Of course, there’s a list at the end that includes simple ways to give every day. Go on over, read the post and please add to the list. I know I’ve got some really creative, philanthropy-minded people who read this blog. I’m excited to see what good deeds you suggest!

Read: Guest Post: Simple Ways to Give (Every Single Day)

Philanthropy Friday: Start a Snoball and Encourage Microphilanthropy

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 email Jennifer.

I’ve been interested in finding ways to incorporate philanthropy into my life and have explored this concept via this blog. Recently I came across a company called Snoball, via Good, that makes incorporating microphilanthropy into your everyday actions easy.

Snoball is free for everyone – companies, nonprofits and individuals – and the concept is simple. You first start a snoball, which is an automated donation that benefits your favorite charity. Then, you share your snoball with friends via your social networks. As your snoball grows, so does the donation to your charity.

You can start a free account as an individual or business and create a snoball immediately. I set up my account, input my credit card number and started a snoball that would donate $1 to the Brunswick Public Library for every new like I get on my Facebook page. So, if you like my page on Facebook, a donation will automatically be made to my local library!

You can link your snoball to your social media accounts, like I did, or create your own. Businesses can use it to do a little cause marketing in their communities. A restaurant, for example, can donate money to a local soup kitchen for every foursquare check-in a customer makes.

According to the website, “80% of all on-line giving in the United States takes place during three weeks in December. Snoball is changing that. By incorporating micro-donations into everyone’s daily lives we are making giving something that takes place every minute of every day.”

As I mentioned, using Snoball is completely free. Snoball earns money through the donations made – approximately 5% of every donation goes to cover administrative costs and credit card fees. So, 95% of every donation goes directly to the charity.

Check it out and start your own snoball for your business or for yourself. And if you’re a charity, claim your nonprofit and empower your supports to do a little micro-donating for you.

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