Thursday, September 29, 2005

Compassion Competition

Yahoo News reports that "NBC's and ABC's morning shows are channeling their bitter competition into philanthropy for Hurricane Katrina victims. " Click here to read more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Giving Circles

"A Giving Circle is all about getting together and pooling resources to maximize the effect of your Giving," says Barbara Payne. Click here to read more of Barbara's insights on Giving Circles and Philanthropy.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Personal Philanthropy

When we hear the word Philanthropy we tend to think of Donations by the super wealthy or corporate Giving. The web however has made it possible for everyday people to become Philanthropist in a very personal way. USA Today reports:

"When Amy Krebs wanted to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina, she went to the website of a group called Modest Needs, where people who had taken in displaced friends and relatives were posting requests for money to buy extra groceries, air mattresses and clothing."

To read more click here or vist Modest Needs.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Doing Good

Read Phil Anthropoid post Doing Well by Doing Good.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Are Charities are for Suckers?

Hispanic posts:

"Leave Katrina Relief Efforts to Government. Hurricane Katrina has prompted
Americans to donate more than $700 million to charity, reports the Chronicle of
Philanthropy. So many suckers, so little foresight."

Click here to read the rest of the editorial.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Katrina Aid Comes with Strings

The Baltimore Sun reports: that Donations are soaring to Disaster Relief Charities."
"Katrina: Americans again show their Generosity, but most are specifying that Gifts be used for Hurricane Relief."

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Where Have the Wealthy Gone

The Miami Herald reports:
"The Wealthy are retreating when it comes to Charitable Giving, according to a
survey of 500 affluent households."

Charities Lose Money in Fraudulent Hedge Fund

Connecticut Charity unwittingly invested in Fraudulent Hedge Fund. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Enjoy your Sunday, everyone.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Katrina Aid

CNN/Money reports:

"More than $60 billion in federal government aid and more than half a billion dollars to the Red Cross alone have been earmarked to date for Relief to those from the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina"

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Katrina Scam E-mails

Dangerousdee's Journal warns of more Hurricane Katrina Giving Scams. This time the Scams are in the form of E-mail. See The Giving Blogs other posts on potential hurricane Katrina Fundraising Fraud, Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5

Reality T.V. Philanthropists

A contingent of Reality Television Celebrities are becoming Philanthropist. PRWEB announced:

"The Reality Cares Foundation at The Giving Back Fund, an organization created to inspire a new spirit of Philanthropy among a younger group of television stars and viewers, announced today that they will be hosting a benefit to help raise Donations for Hurricane Katrina victims."

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Gift of Life Insurance

Would you like to donate to the Charitable causes and organizations that you support? Are you a Philanthropist in the making but, do not think you have the resources to really give. Philanthropy is no longer just for the rich and powerful. Everyday people from all walks of life, Give to their favorite Charities by using a number of Deferred Giving or Planned Giving tools

Take for example Elaine and Jack. They purchased a Life Insurance policy for Jack shortly after the birth of their only child over 40 years ago. They then purchased a policy for Elaine when she returned to work. At the time their son was in junior high school. Their original purpose for having life insurance was to provide income replacement for the surviving spouse and ensure that he or she could afford to send their son to college.

Elaine and Jack are now retired and their son finished his graduate studies over 15 years ago. When they decided to make a substantial Gift to their favorite Nonprofit organization they initially overlooked their paid-up Life Insurance policies. The couple soon realized however, that they no longer needed their insurance for its intended purpose and giving it as a gift to charity would provide some potential tax benefits for them as well.

If this is your situation please consider making a Planned Gift by Donating the policy to favorite Charity. You usually may claim a Charitable Deduction for approximately the policy's cash surrender value, and the proceeds are completely removed from your Estate. Every person’s situation is different. Before making this or any other Charitable Contribution please consult your legal or financial advisor.

Copyright Jane King 2003-2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort

In the past week, many of us have opened our hearts and our wallets to the Victims of Hurricane Katrina. At the same time, there have also been several reports in the national press of Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Scams. Most of us want to Give what we can to the Victims of Hurricane Katrina but, none of us want to be Scammed. How do you avoid being cheated while trying to be Charitable? One answer is to give to well established Disaster Relief Charities such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.

If you gave to the American Red Cross to fund their Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts click here to find out how they are spending your money.

Americans Give 500M to Katrina reports:

"Within a week after news and images of the chaos left by Hurricane Katrina were broadcast, Americans Donated over half a billion dollars to Charities aiding victims of the flood."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

America Responds to Hurricane Katrina

America reponds to Hurricane Katrina.

Inside New Orleans

If you are interested in what it is like inside New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina read Notes from Inside New Orleans.

More Ways to Help Katrina Refugees

Are you looking for more ways to Help Hurricane Katrina Survivors? The Equippers Network has some useful links.

Make a Wish

The Chi Omega Sorority sisters from the University of Tennessee at Martin help to Make a Wish possible for four year old Jackson Martin. The Make a Wish Foundation has been the Chi Omega Philanthropy since 2000. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Beware of Fraud with Katrina Relief

The Fraud War Blog reminds us to be careful when Donating Money to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief or any other Charitable Cause.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina Scams reports

"With many Americans opening their hearts and their wallets to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, state and federal regulators warned Donors to be wary of con artists trying to cash in on the disaster."

Blessings and Disaster

There's no disaster that can't become a blessing, and no blessing that can't become a disaster. Richard Bach

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Cyberscams

USA Today urges it's readers not to be Ripped Off by Hurricane Katrina Cyberscams.
"Any time there's a Tragedy, Cybercriminals attempt to cash in," says Stephen Canale, an independent spam analyst.

Katrina Tops 100 Million

Philanthropy Journal posts:
"Giving continues to increase as groups and individuals look for ways to stem the chaos and suffering in Hurricane-ravaged areas."

Friday, September 02, 2005

Hurricane Relief Failure

BBC News reports on the growing chaos and unrest in New Orleans among the Survivors of Hurricane Katrina
"Why is it that the most powerful country on the face of the Earth takes so long to help so many sick and so many elderly people?" George Turner

90 Million in Aid

Reuters reports:

"Aid agencies tallied more than $90 million in private Donations on Thursday as Relief efforts cranked up to cope with the widespread devastation, hunger and despair caused by Hurricane Katrina."

Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief Day Update

Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief Day has been extended to Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief Weekend at last count there were 1,357 Blogs participating. Please give if you can.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Why does the Red Cross discourage donations of collected goods and individual items for disaster relief?

The American Red Cross posts:

"Collections of items require valuable and scarce resources such as time, money, and personnel to sort, clean, and distribute them, which come at the expense of the Emergency activities Relief workers are attempting to perform. The Red Cross has neither the resources, nor the logistical set-up, to properly handle these types of donations, and therefore cannot accept them.

In addition, because the organization has no way of knowing what spontaneous individual Donations or unsolicited collections of items will consist of, and therefore cannot ensure there will be enough of a particular item to distribute it equitably, or if the Donated products will even be appropriate for the relief effort.

Shipping Donated goods is also costly and particularly difficult in the aftermath of a disaster, as roads are often damaged or impassable, and easily clogged with shipments of non-priority items. The Red Cross makes every attempt to procure items locally to save money by minimizing transportation and storage costs. "

Charities Struggle in Wake of Katrina

Yahoo News reports:

"U.S. Charities struggled to bring food, shelter and comfort to the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, in what aid groups called the biggest Relief operation for a Natural Disaster in American history."

Hurricane Katrina Relief

Today I join over 400 Bloggers from at least 8 countries in Blogging for Hurricane Katrina Relief. The idea to Blog for Hurricane Katrina Relief seems to have been started by The Truth Laid Bear Blog. I have chosen the American Red Cross as my suggested charity. You can contact them at 1-800-HELP-NOW. I also have a lot of respect for The Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). You can also click here to find other worthy Disaster Relief organizations.

Please designate your Donation for Hurricane Katrina Relief or Flood Aid.