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philanthropy givingCreating ongoing, consistent philanthropy in your daily life takes only a little bit of planning and a lot of love. Last week we talked about Three Rules for Consistent Philanthropy.

Here are a few more "rules" to incorporate giving into your daily life: 

Rule #4 for consistent philanthropy: Micro-giving

We did a math equation last week to figure out how to give roughly 7% of your dispensable income to philanthropy. If you’re not comfortable with a recurring weekly or monthly amount, but you do like the idea of giving in small doses and to one consistent charity, perhaps a website like Kiva.org or Accion.org is for you. This is coordinated by the same charity, but allows you to support different causes (like female entrepreneurs in one part of the world and children’s school expenses in another) for any amount that you can give at that time. The money goes to fund a small loan for the individual recipient and the best part is that it’s then paid back, making it possible to continue giving over and over again with the same initial capital. Talk about making your $25 go a long way!

why donateIn our recent series “Philanthropy in your Daily Life” we have talked about mindfulness models for choosing your cause, how to know where to give, and various ways to give.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, this month we’ll move into a series that talks about the idea of consistent philanthropy. This means creating ongoing philanthropy in all aspects of your (daily) life, including micro giving and choosing to purchase from social enterprises. The world is changing and more companies are beginning to align themselves with non-profit objectives in order to make real change in the world.

Last week we talked about a new mindfulness model for personal giving. One that is designed to help anyone find their specific philanthropic passion. The next step is narrowing down the organizations to support - based around your passion. give

Today we’re here to talk about how to know what to give. It can be a truly helpless feeling, especially if you’ve seen first hand the issues you are wanting to help with. If you’ve seen starving dogs dying on the streets of India, or poverty and domestic violence that is going unnoticed in a country whose government doesn’t stand up for the most vulnerable, it can be excruciating. 

But the only advice I can give at this point, is to just start. Remember that it doesn't matter how much you give, just that you have made the first step of caring - and that you have passion for change. There's unfortunately never been any magic dollar number or hours of volunteer work that has been proven to make more of a difference than others. So the most important thing is to just START.

IMG 1168[This blog talks about digging deep to find our personal cause, choosing a charity, and reminds us that where we shop matters too.]

Last week we talked about the fact that one person can make a big difference in this wild world of ours. Today we are here to talk about how one can do so.

As a person who has various passions and a lot of heart and soul, I know how challenging it can be to just choose one charity. One charity! Out of all the amazing work that’s being done out there?! Seems impossible.

It’s not. But it requires some work, self-awareness, and mindfulness.

Here is my brand new, broken down mindfulness model of how to choose a charity.

starfishThe world today can be overwhelming at times, especially to one with a so-called "bleeding heart". There are wars and famines, droughts and oppression. But there's also kindness and love, courage and wisdom.

All over the world there are people working to make a difference. At FineLine, we see it in our daily lives. And we know there are a lot of donors out there who would like to know how to support these people to achieve their missions.

So today starts a three part series on how to incorporate philanthropy in your daily life.

solicitor training 300x200What makes a good non-profit organization solicitor? What are the roles of a solicitor? NOTE: When we say solicitor here, we  mean an employee of the organization who advocates for and takes in donations. 

One of the most important roles of a solicitor is being the authenticator. This encompasses a passion for the cause and a comprehensive knowledge of the organization.

sscyAs you may know, pulling the trigger to finally make a charitable donation, especially when it is a large sum of money, can be scary and exhilarating all at once. After spending months or years saving up, you are proud with your decision to give to those less fortunate. You have taken the time to do your due diligence and have researched charities that align with your interests and values. You are sharing your wealth with a cause near and dear to your heart - and that is cause for celebration.

All too often, donors feel as though charities/non-profit organizations fail to properly acknowledge them or that they pester them too often. It is always a delightful surprise when you hear about a donor that has had an exceptionally positive experience and we want to highlight that here. 

We interviewed Kim Enright, the owner of multiple Boston Pizza locations in Canada, about a recent donor experience to the SSCY Centre that she enjoyed.

giveWhen you finally make the decision to donate to charity, you want to give effectively. No person wants to give away their hard earned money, only to be hoodwinked by a fake organization, feel as though your organization isn’t the most effective, or end up donating to a program/project you regret.

So in order to make sure your money ends up where you want it, here are four steps to help you become a more effective donor:

1. Know your rights.

“Know my rights? What does that mean?”

Specifically, I am referring to the Donor Bill of Rights. There are certain things that donors are entitled to from non-profits. For example, you have every right to information about where their money is going. Familiarize yourself with the Donor Bill of Rights so that when it comes time to look at charities, you are a more educated donor.

summerThe magical summer months are fast approaching. Eight weeks of pure bliss. Children are out of school, the weather is warm, and the days are wonderfully long. Families celebrate this fun time by going to the beach, taking road trips throughout the country, hanging out in the park, spending weekends at the family cottage, hosting BBQs, and more!

But, while you soak up the sun and enjoy this summer, how can you give back to great causes?

Here are a few ideas!

happy group of friends making 13618094You always hear people say, “Giving is good!” People talk about how great giving is, not just for the recipients, but the donors themselves. Why is this? What actually makes giving good for the giver?

I’m here to share with you a few concrete ways in which giving benefits us, the donors!

1. It makes us feel happy.

If you’ve given money to charity before - donated old clothes to a shelter, or volunteered with an organization - you’ve probably felt warm and fuzzy. Why is this?

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