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How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World - at No Cost! Paperback – November 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076115504X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761155041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

Nicole Bouchard Boles is an expert in no-cost philanthropy and works with companies and individuals to help incorporate giving into their everyday lives. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada.

More About the Author

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

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It is very well organized and easy to read and re-read.
P. Johnson
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...".
D. Buxman
Fantastic ideas for volunteers and volunteer coordinators as well.
Stacie Morrell

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Buxman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Renee Shatanoff on December 18, 2009
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2010
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Walker on March 23, 2012
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I loved this book because I am retired and realized I don't need to move to Africa and cuddle AIDS babies to make a difference in the world. SO many great ideas, very well organized and inspiring. I've already put a couple of them into practice and look forward to creating a lifestyle of philanthropy--right here at home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana Fabing on December 4, 2010
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mama Sunshine on December 27, 2012
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This book is WONDERFUL! I read almost the whole book the first day I received it.....and have been looking through it daily since. Many GREAT IDEAS to put to use to help others.....even if there's lots of money in the bank account.

Seller did a great job in wrapping it well and getting it to us safely.

Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norwell105 on September 28, 2010
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The book is chock-full of very clear ways to be charitable without having to pay a lot of money. Every chapter gives a list of ideas, for example computer use gives a set of sites that just want you to click on their links.

All very easy to read.

Many page fold reminders

Highly recommended
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