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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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Share your commitment to be a changemaker with the world.

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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Crisis Care for Sex Trafficking Survivors

  • Project: Provide one year of salary and expenses for one female national crisis care worker in India to work with The Exodus Road’s teams. The social worker will meet the immediate needs of the sex trafficking survivors, help them as they give their testimony to police, and give them comfort during the process. The actual rescue missions are often very traumatic for the girls. This is a vital and tangible way to say, “We are with you … You are not alone”, and to compassionately companion our sisters who have been bought, sold, abused, and enslaved. 

  • Goal: $4,000

  • Country: India

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Donation Details:

1 – Funds can be donated from anywhere in the world with a credit card via Facebook or GoFundMe by 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.) We have a $2,000 matching fund, so your donation will be doubled. Let us know if you have trouble donating. We’re here to help.

2 – Want to write a check? Email Sarah Davison-Tracy for the mailing address and kindly make your check payable to “The Exodus Road”.

3 – Want to give a larger donation? Great! (And thank YOU!) There are two needs we’d like to share with you for your consideration:
– $10,000 would help The Exodus Road purchase a vehicle in India for their “Search + Rescue” operatives – a greatly needed item right now.
– On average $1000 covers the cost of one operation which can rescue anywhere from one survivor to many, depending on the situation and location. All donations made to this fund will be used for their “Search + Rescue” program.

Bigger gifts empower more operations which lead to more rescued survivors and more arrested traffickers. Email Sarah Davison-Tracy if you’re interested in making a donation of $1,000 or more.

4 – The Exodus Road will designate 100% of the funds given to this project.

Why This Matters to Me

The lives of many people I love have been greatly impacted by human trafficking. This is a dark, dangerous, and desperate reality. It leaves no corner of our world untouched. I want to standTALL with and for them, for justice and freedom for all of our sisters and brothers around the world. I want to invite you to join us, because when you do, I believe that the lights of your life turn on in a mysterious – and deeply tangible way. It feels good to love and care for others. We don’t always know what to do amidst the great pain and needs in our world … but THIS is one thing that we CAN do, together.

Human trafficking is a significant global issue today. Many people don’t realize that there are more modern day slaves today than at any other point in human history – some estimates are at 40 million people affected. These are some of the most forgotten and oftentimes abused people in our world today. To date, The Exodus Road has gathered evidence, provided investigative data and technology to directly support local police in the arrests of nearly 600 traffickers and helped rescue nearly 1500 survivors.

The Mission of The Exodus Road

The Exodus Road (TER) is an organization specializing in human trafficking rescue.

TER is a nonprofit which helps find and free slaves through strategic action and ordinary people.

TER empowers rescue for current victims of human trafficking, equips nationals to fight slavery in their own communities, and encourages effective collaboration among practitioners.

“Setting people free is more than a job; it’s a mission. Right now, somewhere in this world, a person is being sold in slavery for another person’s gain. Our mission is to bring them home. Join us to empower more stories of rescue; one story at a time, one life at a time.” -The Exodus Road

On May 3 at 9 am MST (or catch a replay anytime after May 3), join us for a live video premiere of The Seeds Storyteller Series with Laura Parker, co-founder of The Exodus Road. Have a listen to our intimate conversation about her passionate fight against human trafficking and for justice and freedom for all. Take us with you and JOIN the conversation on your next commute, walk, or as you do your household chores! YouTube | Facebook

Learn More & Take a Step (or LEAP) of Inspired ACTion

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