"Four cheers for this great book! Anyone looking for a practical, clear, and enjoyable manual for civic service need look no further. If you can't find a way to get involved using this book, you don't want to get involved." --Mark Farr, Points of Light Institute
"The comprehensive guide on taking real action... Now it's possible for everyone to be a minor-league Andrew Carnegie, a close-to-home Bill Gates." --Bill McKibben, Author, Deep Economy, and Founder, 350.org
"This timely manifesto will serve as a wonderful reminder that everyone can and should try to make a difference. It will inspire confidence that we can help make our world a better place." --President Jimmy Carter
"With this book, anyone can learn to bring positive change to their community." --Mary J. Blige, Founder F.F.A.W.N.
"This is the perfect guide for those who want to do the right thing, but can't figure out how." -- Julie Salamon, author of Hospital
"Four cheers for this great book! Anyone looking for a practical, clear, and enjoyable manual for civic service need look no further. If you can't find a way to get involved using this book, you don't want to get involved." -- Mark Farr, Points of Light Institute --This text refers to the
Nicole Bouchard Boles is an expert in no- and low-cost philanthropy who consults with companies, families and individuals on the best ways to incorporate giving into their everyday lives.
She has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times and heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Breakfast TV and CBC Radio. Nicole is the author of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World - At no Cost! (Workman, 2009).
Visit her at http://www.everydayphilanthropistblog.com
I loved this book! With so much going wrong in the world, it's easy to sit back and say "If I only had the money or time to help...". This book contains hundreds of ideas that cost little or nothing, but can really help people. I was truly surprised by things I had never even considered, like being able to donate the extra skin from a tummy-tuck to help burn victims! In addition to the innovative ideas, I appreciated the format and writing style. The author was truly thinking about the reader when she included helpful stickers in the back that allow you to mark important items that you want to remember. For the cost of this book, I think anyone could find at least a dozen practical ideas to make a difference for someone else that could literally be priceless. The book is extensively cross-referenced with contact websites and other info that will put you on track in implementing the ideas you like.
Yes, 'tis the Christmas Season and the traffic is awful, the stores are packed, and folks buy gifts worrying in the back of their minds how they will pay for everyone on the Christmas List come next month's bills. That is only one reason why it is such a pleasure to come across this brief but warmly sharing book HOW TO BE AN EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST by Nicole Bouchard Boles. It is difficult to not change old habits and value systems after reading her wise ideas and helpful maps on how to help the world be a better place. Though the book is not a seasonal book, it is one that belongs as a stocking stuffer for the Holidays - a gift that will provide a sense of satisfaction in the coming years as we follow the author's suggestions on how to 'give back'.
The format of the book is very user friendly. Each section is divided into how to re-think what each of us has as a potential for helping others, a section of writing that is supportive in suggesting how everyone is capable of being a giver or an 'everyday philanthropist'. The author then follows her mind set changes with practical, easy steps that show the depth of research that went into this book, finding ways to give of ourselves in every fashion - and the directory for this new vision is the computer!
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A wonderful surprise awaited me at the car wash. I found this gem staring at me from the shelves of candles, car wax, and cute teddy bears. As I perused through the first couple of pages I came upon the very first chapter. Its title is 'Use Your Body.' Grabbed my attention for sure! From there it may be the best 'feel good' ride you'll experience in a long time. 'How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist' is a fun read, easy to navigate with useful icons, full of great information, personal stories, charitable websites, and creative ideas. Whether your time is limited or you prefer to 'give' through your computer, Nicole offers so many options that an excuse is inexcusable! Disconnect your electronic umbilical cord and have a conversation with 'real people' and 'real world adults'. Leave your second life behind and get involved with your first. Nicole's book leads the way.
I happened to catch a link to this book on a random blog and I am so glad I found it. After reading it myself, I ordered 10 copies to give to friends. It is full of great ideas and ways to help in your everyday life. You don't need to give millions of dollars or sell all of your possessions and leave town. It is very well organized and easy to read and re-read. I gave it to my child's teacher and the next day she showed me her copy, full of sticky notes marking many pages. It will be a go-to resource for my family.
This is a great resource for anyone who is interested in becoming more involved in philanthropy. The author provides short descriptions of each resource as well as a short introduction at the beginning of each chapter. The appendix provided at the back of the book makes it easier to find resources you may be looking for.
Charity is not strictly something for the rich. "How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World - At No Cost" is a guide to contributing to a better world even when you seem to have nothing to offer it. With plenty of simple tips for making a difference in the world, from spreading a positive message to applying one's skills in a progressive way, "How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist" is a choice pick that will empower many a reader.
This was another book for one of my classes but It was an easy read and it help me with something that I did not know about myself and it help to appreciate myself more. Everyone should read this book to help our humanities.