Americans are a generous people, though most don’t have the resources to make large philanthropic gifts. While our gifts may be modest, we want the satisfaction of knowing that they count.
Charitable giving can mean much more than simply responding to requests for donations. You can get your ideas heard, express your values, be creative, and have fun!
If you’d like more guidance for your giving, A POCKETFUL OF CHANGE is for you. With hundreds of examples of how even small gifts can address a problem, change a life, or support an institution, A POCKETFUL OF CHANGE encourages you to give pro-actively, not re-actively, by helping you:
• Define your giving goals,
• Identify giving opportunities in line with those goals,
• Understand how small gifts can – and do – make a big difference,
• Evaluate a nonprofit’s accountability and reliability, and
• Learn how to use these tools to make your best giving choices, ensuring that your gifts do the most good for others and for you.
Providing the vital link between checkbook and concern, between pocketbook and passion, A POCKETFUL OF CHANGE offers a new vision of giving for “micro-philanthropists,” and shows you that you don’t have to be wealthy to be a philanthropist!
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Table of Contents
Introduction: You Can Be a Philanthropist – At Any Income Level
Part One: Creating Your Charitable Giving Plan
Chapter One: What Do You Want Your Gifts to Do for You?
Chapter Two: What Do You Want Your Gifts to Do for Others?
Chapter Three: Who Will Be Involved in Creating Your Plan?
Chapter Four: What and How Much Will You Give?
Chapter Five: How Will You Select Recipients of Your Gifts?
Chapter Six: What Vehicles for Giving Will You Use?
Part Two: Your Giving in Action
Chapter Seven: Evaluating Charitable Organizations
Chapter Eight: Volunteering – Your Energy Is a Resource Too!
Chapter Nine: Giving When You Own a Small Business
Chapter Ten: Encouraging Micro-Philanthropy