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Everyday Philanthropy

As part of our call to all to be an everyday philanthropist, each month we spotlight a project or program in the world. 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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Forever free & surviving human trafficking

  • Project: Through our partnership with Her Future Coalition, your donation will provide a safe space and high quality after-school tutoring for one year to 60 children of women in forced prostitution in India, a crucial step in breaking the cycle of slavery and poverty. (There is a $1,000 matching donor each month, so your donation will be doubled!) | January & February, 2020

  • Goal: $4,000

  • Country: India

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WHY this matters to me …

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.

PROGRAM details …

We are honored to be a part of a very urgent and critical need for 60 children.

After-school tutoring will be provided to 60 children for 1 year in one of HFC’s Red Light Area Resource Centers in Kolkata in India.
Rather than being on the streets, at risk to those that would prey on their vulnerability, these kids will be provided with a safe place and be productively occupied while their mothers are engaged in forced prostitution.
For one whole year, these 60 kids will be in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing community AND have a far greater opportunities to stay and succeed in school.

FINANCIAL details …

  1. Funds can be donated from anywhere in the world with a credit card via facebook or GoFundMe. US donors and others ‘round the world (depending on where you live). Donations are 100% tax-deductible for US donors. (Both platforms are connected and tied to the same goal.) Let us know if you have trouble donating and we’ll see how we can help.
  2. Want to write a check? Kindly mail a check to Seeds of Exchange, 4326 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO – 80207, and make your check payable to “Her Future Coalition”.
  3. Want to give a larger donation as a matching donor or hear about some of the larger funding needs of this visionary and difference-making organization? With all our hearts, we thank you and cannot wait to hear from you! Please contact Sarah.

ABOUT Her Future Coalition …

Her Future Coalition works with survivors of trafficking and human rights abuses providing them with the skills and resources to be free forever. They have been providing shelter, education and high-quality employment to survivors of human trafficking and abuse for fifteen years. They have helped over 4,000 survivors and their families heal and thrive – becoming forever free – in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand. (How amazing is that?) More about their impact and vision on their website and in the video below.

Her Future Coalition

India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand

WHY this is so impactFULL and important …

I am passionate about giving survivors – and girls at the highest risk for gender based violence – the tools they need to rebuild their lives and create their own bright futures. It is out of this passion that Her Future Coalition (HFC) was born. Through HFC, we provide shelter, education, employment, therapeutic arts, and counseling in an environment of dignity and LOVE, and it works! It is my greatest joy to see girls go from a place of such hopelessness and despair (immediately following rescue) to a place of independence, joy and giving back. -Sarah Symons, HFC Founder

She shared with me that what drove her to start Her Future Coalition (and what she cannot bear) is this:
… 13 year-old girls forced to service 15 or 20 men each night in a brothel
… Girls so deeply in their trauma, they can’t feel their own arms or legs
… Elementary-aged children who cannot attend school, but spend much of each night hiding from predators in red light areas
… Little girls living on the streets, always sleeping face down and covering their heads with blankets, so passersby won’t know they are girls and sexually assault them
… Survivors who don’t know how, or don’t dare to express what they want to do in any given moment, simple choices like what to wear or what to eat, and more important decisions, like whether they want to go back to school or do vocational training. They veer wildly between passivity and rage. They trust no one because everyone in their life who was supposed to love and protect them has let them down.

Fifteen years ago, we launched Her Future because I – and my husband a few committed friends – decided to do something about situations like these. Together we fight the continuous violence and dehumanization against the most vulnerable girls in the world, and get the see the future transformed for thousands.” -Sarah Symons

CREATIVE ways to support this project …

  1. COLLABORATE! FORM A TEAM on GoFundMe and help us raise funds for a special occasion or celebration … or just because you want to! (Contact Sarah for info or to set your team up.)
  2. ASK FOR A DONATION to be made as a gift for your next birthday … GIVE a gift in honor of someone you love for an upcoming holiday or celebration.
  3. CONNECT WITH, follow, and friend our team:
    www.herfuturecoalition.org | Facebook & Instagram | 6 ways to be a part of HFC
    www.seedsofexchange.org | Facebook & Instagram: @seedsofexchange | 7 ways to join the fun so you can be inspired & ignited to make a difference locally & globally, together
  4. SHARE! Send this link to 5 PEOPLE passionate about human trafficking, making a difference, education, our global community, and/or human rights. Let’s see how we can EXPAND this organization’s community connections!
  5. WATCH: 1 – “It Takes a Girl”, about HFC’s work around the world bringing freedom and a fresh start to survivors of human trafficking, 2 – Sarah Symons’ Ted Talk on Living Heroically.
  6. LEARN MORE with these resources suggested by Sarah Symons: Movie: “The Day my God Died” | Book: “Sold” by Patricia McCormick or “Sex Slaves” by Louise Brown

xo, Sarah Davison-Tracy, Seeds of Exchange & the team of Her Future Coalition

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