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Everyday Philanthropy

As part of our call to all to be an everyday philanthropist, we spotlight projects or programs in the world that are making a powerful difference … we invite YOU to join us. Our partner’s focus is in at least one of these five categories: human rights, education, health, community emergencies, and art-activism. I am blessed with a huge pool of changemakers in my community – so there is never a lack of trusted organizations with whom to partner.

This sort of “everyday philanthropy” is about an unrestrained generosity rooted in the reality of your everyday life. Generosity feels good. It is part of your purpose on the planet. It finds ways to share with others the treasure trove of whatever you have and whatever you love. It makes a difference with your small and large acts alike … living with a commitment and connection to your sisters and brothers near and far.

I get it: These stories and the very invitation to give and to BE philanthropists isn’t always comfortable. Or easy. Sometimes it’s the world’s pain pricking our hearts that wakes us up to see – and say yes! – to our destiny.

With all my heart, I believe that the lights of our lives turn ON when we find ways to love, care, and serve each other … especially those on the margins, the outsiders, the hungry, the sick, the vulnerable. So, pay attention to what makes your heart thrum, brings tears to your eyes, a knot in your stomach … I believe those are the things that are often clues to our next steps and leaps … to our purpose on the planet … and is what makes our lives glow.

So, today and together, let’s dispute the suggestion that philanthropy is an exclusive club only for those deemed wealthy. Today and together, let’s dispute that the only thing that matters and makes a difference is giving in “big” ways. The movement that will be unleashed when we live as generously unrestrained philanthropists WILL light up the world.

You are loved. We belong to each other. Let’s standTALL together and light up the world! xo, -Sarah DT

Explore and discover your unique – right here and now – calling to be a philanthropist today.

Craft a bag of love to share with the homeless in your community. Connect with our current and previous fundraising partners below. If you feel nudged to do so, give in ways that feel good to you. Whether you donate $1 or $1,000, it all matters. Every gift is celebrated and stewarded with great care. Read more and take a PoP (Place of Pause) about being an “Everyday Philanthropist” in this excerpt of Live Ablaze and Soulfully Ablaze.

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Make a meaningful difference as a matching donor (individual or business). Our research shows that people are inspired and ignited to give more when their dollars are doubled. Let’s have a conversation and discuss which of our local and global partners is meant for you.

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Afghan Evacuee Assistance

  • Project: Care for the needs of a newly arriving Afghan refugee family who was evacuated as part of Operation Allies Refuge.

  • Goal: $10,000

  • Country: Afghanistan & USA

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Have the happenings in Afghanistan been heartbreaking, and at times, overwhelming for you? (Oof! Us, too.) For several weeks, we’ve been exploring ways we might come together as a community of many – even amidst political and ideological differences – and act with big hearts and open arms of love. We’re so excited to have been connected with a nonprofit organization who is scaling up to welcome more families than they can serve alone.

What we LOVE about this is that we have the opportunity to personally connect with the family for whom we’re raising funds. This means that no matter where you live in the world, you can connect with one family of the many thousands who have been impacted by the happenings in Afghanistan. What an honor and privilege!

Let’s CARE, together, for one family from Afghanistan, who have not only lived in and escaped a war zone, but they now need to start over, find jobs, get their kids settled in a new school, and rebuild their community in the United States.

Let’s EXTEND, together, hospitality of spirit and tangibly care for the needs of our sisters and brothers.

Let’s BRIDGE, together, whatever clamors to separate and isolate us with tangible acts and words of love.

2 Ways to Donate:

JOIN our giving community and set up an automated/monthly donation which will be initially applied to this fundraiser AND make your impact effortless and significant throughout the year HERE

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Make a one-time donation HERE


Fundraising Partnership

We are collaborating with Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) and all funds raised will go directly to one family through LFSRM.

A bit about LFSRM: In 1975, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) contacted LFSRM to begin resettlement of refugees. Since that time, the LFSRM Refugee and Asylee Programs have helped people who have been uprooted by persecution and violence work towards self-sufficiency through essential resettlement services, including: housing, employment, English language, and cultural orientation.

Our local Colorado Seeds team will also help the family in their resettlement process. For more information or to join our team, head here.

Nudges for further inspired ACTion HERE

Bags of Love

This is a celebratory community service opportunity.

We all have or will need to be pulled up by another, encouraged. It is an invitation to stop, see, smile, connect, love … to embrace that we belong to each other. Let’s serve those on the streets of our cities, see with fresh eyes, and celebrate community.

Over the past decade, I’ve had the joy of creating Bags of Love with my own children and their friends. Sometimes we’ve hosted gatherings with oodles of kids in our home, created them with classmates at school, or as a family around our dining table. When friends in other cities around the United States heard about what we were doing, they began asking for help to create their own Bags of Love gatherings. What fun it has been to share our ideas with them and to hear about their beautiful and innovative gatherings.

And now, YOU are a part of the Bags of Love community. Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here.

DOWNLOAD THE BAGS OF LOVE TOOLKIT (PDF)

Listen to (or watch) this song that is part of the Bags of Love toolkit.

As you watch, be thinking about your art, your gifts … that bring hope and joy to the world. This song is about an artist using his gift of music to share some love with homeless folks in California. In the video, he gives them makeovers, haircuts, new clothes. He holds a mirror up to their beauty … and they love what they see!

This beautyFULL song is also part of the PoP (Place of Pause) in Soulfully Ablaze. Read this excerpt from Live Ablaze and take a PoP today to experience surrender and inspiration so you can uncover more of your part to make a difference locally and globally, together.

DOWNLOAD THE EXCERPT & PoP