Want to help make your community, your town—your world—a better place, but don’t know where to begin? How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist shows you the way. A handbook, a resource guide, a call to action, and an inspiration, it offers 330 concrete, direct ideas for making a difference—all of which have nothing to do with the size of your checkbook and everything to do with using the hidden assets that are already a part of your life. Whether you’re shopping, working, exercising, or surfing the Web, there are hundreds of ways to slip small but deeply meaningful acts of philanthropy into your life, using 330 of the most innovative and effective charitable organizations around.
About the Author
Nicole Bouchard Boles is an expert in no-cost philanthropy and works with companies and individuals to help incorporate giving into their everyday lives. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada.
Author Boles has written an interesting resource book describing how anyone can make a difference in the world at no cost. She offers 330 ideas detailing how to do this by using your talents, time, computer, family, community, and more. In the introduction, Boles stresses that a philanthropist tries to make a difference with whatever riches he or she possesses. She gives examples of people who have come up with ideas to better their world. An example is Jed Koslow who ran a triathlon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Another way to offer help is through the Internet. A site named “Games for Change” offers a series of digital games that promise awareness of social problems. At Orphan.org, a virtual mentor can connect with a parentless teen to talk and offer advice. Another way to offer help is through volunteerism, which only requires the budding philanthropist’s time. Volunteer opportunities are everywhere. Boles book lists online sites dedicated to volunteer services. Giving backing to your community can also offer endless opportunities. For example, Gretchen Holt of New York City, along with volunteers, baked almost 100,000 cookies to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Their efforts raised $400,000. There is something for everyone in this book, both young and old. It is a much needed resource in a world that needs many “Everyday Philanthropists.” Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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