You might expect this first blog to be about donations, but it's actually more about the supermarket checkout line.
As a foundation, our primary job is to raise money and spend it wisely. We gratefully accept donations of any amount—small or large. Certainly, money is important, and money helps.
At the same time, our larger mission is to help create more compassionate, equitable communities through monetary means and also otherwise.
What is the otherwise?
In How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, Nicole Boles says that a philanthropist “tries to make a difference with whatever riches he or she possesses.” I’m struck by her statement: “Almost every daily action can result in a small but deeply meaningful act of giving.”
Wonderful examples of such acts are found in The Good Deed Guide by James and Lisa Grace.
Hmm. Of course these things do take some effort, awareness, and even practice. When I’m running late, I find myself driving closely behind the car in front of me so as to keep from letting others in. (This could be solved quite easily, I realize, if I’d make an attempt to set out a bit earlier.)
Another helpful book with enough ideas for a lifetime is instant karma: 8,879 ways to give yourself and others good fortune right now by Barbara Ann Kipfer. My own copy has stickies and underlines everywhere. A few of the suggestions:
I find myself particularly drawn to the Kipfer’s emphasis on giving to oneself, which so many of us can neglect when trying to do things for others. Some examples:
While obviously all of us at Give a Little seek and value your monetary donations as a way of promoting good, we also wish to emphasize that every one of us can do remarkable good without spending a cent.
As individuals members of our Give a Little community:
Thank you for reading, and please leave comments or ideas below.