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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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!

How to give back to the community the things that are missing in the lives of those less fortunate than us? Nicole Bouchard Boles offers the following sections: Use Your Body (from organ donation to being someone's eyes in reading to the blind, to using the legs to run marathons for charity, etc); Use Your Family (volunteering as family to be Big Brother or Big Sister, caring for other people's pets, etc); Use Your Computer (she gives a large number of reliable computer addresses that direct us to ideal charitable organizations); Use Your Talents (such as Pro Bono work, Habitat for Humanity, provide grant proposals for those in need of assistance in that field); Use Your Belongings (care packages to soldiers, books for prisoners, donate clothes, cars, food, timeshares); Use your Time (volunteer in times of disaster, on election day, ring a Christmas Kettle Bell); Use your Community, Your Decisions, Your Awareness.

This book is not only a pleasure to read as a means of discovering how much we all have that we could share to make the world a friendlier and better place, it also is one of the best resources published on how to find reliable internet sources to help the reader mark the path toward changing the idea of gifting. Just reading this book makes for an eye-opening experience on how very easy it is to feel the joy of being a significant citizen. Grady Harp, December 09
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
I'm the Kiwanis Advisor to a local Builder's Club, a community service organization for middle school students. This is a great resource for them to develop projects on a tight budget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2015
I am a person who truly believes in the power of giving, and in charitable actions/gestures large and small.

How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, is brimming with suggestions on how to expand your range of charitable opportunities and at no cost (beyond the purchase of this book). ;-)

At times it can seem challenging and sometimes impossible to find any more time in a day, to do something for someone in need, to volunteer for anything else, to get involved in a cause that matters...

But in this book, there are page after page of charitable (and many green) ideas, how to do a lot more than you might have thought possible to give back; even with limited time to spare.

Some of the many suggestions include:

-hold your own charity auction

-re-use your shoes, carpet...and numerous items you might not have considered for charitable giving

-give someone a vacation day

-recycle your rags

-join an online prayer group...

and many, many more.

I also appreciated that the author included links to charitable organizations throughout the book. That was so helpful.

There are some really unique and positive ideas and organizations included in this book.

Presented in an easy to read and reference book.Would make an ideal and memorable gift too.

Highly recommended!

Geraldine Helen Hartman, author
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