Donating to charity is a noble thing to do, but be sure you do your research before you donate your hard-earned money. Looking into the organization and using good judgment will help give you peace of mind that your donation is going towards a good cause.
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All this talk about nail polish matching our shoes -- meanwhile there are children and adults who don't even have shoes. I know that's an old and tired sentiment, but it's still true. The cliché does not take poverty away.
My mother (known in her hometown of Chattanooga as "The Purple Lady") lives by what she calls her "Purple Rules: Do unto others and for others." Give graciously and generously to help people without expecting anything in return. Her gift to me was the lesson of being a giving person and not a getting one.
For me, it boils down to this: There are plenty of other things I could do with the money I give away to effective charities each year. But can I think of anything better to do with it? No. It feels like the best possible use of my money. I'm a lot happier giving large than living large.
Once upon a time, big philanthropy worked like this: After decades of building a great fortune (because it used to take decades), a titan of industry would create a major foundation late in life and, not long after, would pass from the scene.
The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before. The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004.
I believe in the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Let's work together to be a close-knit village, ensuring all students have the items and materials they need to be successful.