Okay, we’re officially underway with our planning, and I’m already learning that the biggest challenge will be determining who to give to so our Giving Party can have some focus. There are so many people in need! I’ve found a few great resources while poking around online. Changing the Present let’s you choose from a number of international charities and they offer a simple shopping cart feature so you can easily contribute to the cause of your choice. They really focus on the alternative gift aspect of giving which I’m totally digging right now. Fewer coffee mugs and fruit cake…more feel-good-making-a-difference gift giving. Another great way to give is at Donors Choose, where you can help fund an educational project at a school somewhere in the US. Teachers submit proposals and you can select one that you want to support. I also want to select a local charity to support so that people can see their gift used right here in Chapel Hill if they want.
I’m excited to see this start to come into focus. My group of organizing pals is getting together next week to hammer out the details. If you have ideas, please share them here. I’d love for this to become a movement!