5 Fashion Brands That Give Back

Buy what you love and know that your dollars are going to fight homelessness and more. -PJ Gach Items from Active Kindness...more

Feeling Charitable?

Feeling Charitable?In our family, we try to be thankful year ’round, but traditionally, November is the time that we focus on giving thanks. Part of  that process (for us anyway) is recognizing that no matter how hard we have it sometimes, there is always someone in a worse place, and knowing that maybe WE can so something to change that.Fostering the feeling of being charitable is a big part of our holiday season....more
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Green Gifts For Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast on October 29th – right before the holidays, when many of us seek non-commercial, non-materialistic ways to show our love for family and friends. Meanwhile, hundreds in New Jersey and New York lost their homes and, in some cases, all their belongings due to wind, fire and floods - and they struggle still....more

Give More This Holiday Season

It is that time of year when we begin thinking about Holiday Giving, the real meaning those holidays have for us and how we can truly celebrate our spirituality, connectedness and genuine desire to aid our fellow-man. Giving almost always blesses the giver more than the recipient. So with that thought in mind, I have  some suggestions to offer: ...more
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Make Sure You Know Who Your Charity Really Is

It is once again that time of year when philanthropy and shopping occur at a fever pitch. Securing deductions for the end of the tax year and holiday shopping help charities fund their programs for the year to come. Outright donations, shopping at our marketplaces, or simply making a donation in someone's name all help your spcaLA. It is also important to research and donate wisely. Nothing upsets all of us more than hearing a person say "I gave to your national office" when, in fact, there is no such thing....more

Giving Is Down, but What Does That Mean?

It doesn't need sugar-coating. The economy has made life difficult and different for families all over the country in all kinds of ways. We've seen blog posts about budgeting, cutting out unnecessary spending and going without extras. But the recent news that charitable giving has dropped 100 billion is a big indicator that we're all cutting back. Everywhere on everything. ...more

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Advent for the Family -- Involving Children in the Christmas Story

The church season of Advent begins this Sunday. "Advent" -- the time of coming -- the season where the Christian community looks in happy expectation to the arrival of the Christ Child. There are many ways that families can incorporate elements of Advent as ways to help teach children the story of Christmas that is not told in the holiday TV ads and department stores. Advent is a lovely and meaning-filled way to balance the family of faith during a season often colored by excess. ...more

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Is Obama's Proposed Reduction in Charitable Contibutions a Good Idea?

My grandmother often repeated the aphorism that charity begins at home. But those living in the White House and Congress just love to tweak tax policy to make charitable giving to causes beyond our doorsteps more complicated. This week President Obama's 2010 budget plan proposes that allowable charitable tax deductions for those earning more than $250,000 per year be reduced by about 20%. ...more

This Season, Don't Have a Cow - Give One

The family received a challenge this year from my stepmother, 'Squirrelly Shirley': Spend just $10 per Christmas gift and donate the rest. "I believe our money could help others and that is the real spirit of Christmas," she wrote in her email. She had other ideas, such as sending gifts to soldiers abroad, but her simple plea was this: "Let’s get creative with Christmas this year and give our hearts." And so, Shirley and a few lucky others will be getting baby chicks and bees for Xmas. ...more

I love this idea! The gift that keeps on giving ad infinitum. Similarly, my son's teacher gave ...more