Memorial Day: A Time to Celebrate Those Who Have Fallen and Support Our Veterans and Soldiers

On a holiday often celebrated by being with family at a picnic or taking advantage of store sales – we often lose sight of the very reason we are able to enjoy these special things in life. Memorial Day is a time of year to celebrate and remember those who have fallen, those who have fought, and those who strive to protect our everyday freedoms.

So while you are watching your local parade or firing up the grill, please take a moment to think about the true, deep meaning of the holiday and consider donating time or money to one of these great causes:

Adopt A US Soldier: A nonprofit organization that seeks volunteers to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. [Read more…]

Philanthropy Across Our Nation

When looking at the philanthropic nature of residents of certain states, it’s clear that some of our own 50 are finding ways to make their home state shine.

I recently learned that some states in our country have found ways to go above and beyond for their fellow neighbors. WalletHub, a personal finance site measured states “charitability” against eight main categories including volunteer rate, percentage of taxpayers in each state who donated to charity, the number of public charities per capita, and the growth in charitable giving.

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Starting Your Own Campaign with the Help of Online Tools

So much of our free time these days is spent online. U.S. adults spend almost 43 minutes a day on Facebook alone. We share pictures, thoughts, and messages over these platforms, so why shouldn’t we share a cause over social media, too?

But what does this have to do with being philanthropic? It can be hard devoting time each week to a charity or volunteer organization. It might not be possible to make large donations on a regular basis.  However, it doesn’t mean you can’t help to make a meaningful change in someone’s life just by being an active internet and social media user.

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Small Acts of Open Support

Word of mouth. A Facebook post. These small acts of openly supporting causes you care about create public validation of credibility for the group. This helps establish trust amongst both recipients and future volunteers and donors. You never know – your vote of confidence in a charity may give someone the motivation to sign-up or donate, too. You can also discuss with others where the charity you support falls according to Charity Navigator, a third-party site which helps set the standard for evaluation for charities you can trust.

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