Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Bright Idea

Just in time for the holiday season, get in touch with your inner philanthropist and give creatively:

This is "The GOOD Challenge for December: “creative microphilanthropy.” We're asking each member of the GOOD community to give away $30 (total for the month, not every single day) in the most creative and inspiring way you can think of. The GOOD staff is all participating, and we invite you to do the same. Try the label of philanthropist on for size. Make giving more creative and personal. It doesn't have to be $30. It could just be $10. Or even a single dollar. It's the act of giving–and giving creatively—that counts."

Interestingly enough,  "according to a study by the Women's Philanthropy Institute, the Americans who give away the biggest proportion of their own income are women who make $23,509 or less a year, not ridiculously wealthy white dudes named Bill. Philanthropy isn’t just multimillion-dollar checks and large-scale public health interventions. It’s also small acts of care, creativity, and a dollar donation equivalent to forgoing a fancy lunch."

Examples are buying coffee for someone random, paying parking meters (illegal apparently, so don't get caught!), or buying movie tickets for kids behind you.  To see more about it go here or go to http://www.creativephilanthropy.org/.  Very cool.

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