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Everyday Philanthropy

Let’s create a movement of philanthropists in which everyone is welcome and all gifts are celebrated.

This is what we call “everyday philanthropy” – that everyone has something of value to contribute, whether a little or a lot. Generosity feels good. It is part of your purpose on the planet. 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.

We invite you to try on the hat of philanthropist. Yes, you. This sort of philanthropy is about an unrestrained generosity rooted in the reality of your everyday life. It finds ways to share with others the treasure trove of whatever you have and whatever you love. It elevates the way you spend your time and what you talk about with friends. It finds opportunities to travel to places and volunteer with people who captivate your heart. It makes a difference with something as ordinary as shopping, declaring that how and where you shop will be done with a commitment and connection to your sisters and brothers near and far.

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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Education for Children Living in Poverty | Building a Science Center, Together = Creating Opportunity & Hope

  • Project: In the desert of Rajasthan, construction is underway for a world-class science center that will welcome children living in poverty to dream big, learn, and be a part of the extraordinary community of Vatsalya. How often do WE get to be a part of offering a fresh start to kiddos in the rural and impoverished communities of Rajasthan, India? (Lucky you … me … us!) Many of the kiddos in the surrounding rural communities are impoverished and without exposure and education through this science center and the community of Vatsalya, their futures are, honestly, bleak. But, together, we can change that!

  • Goal: $2,000

  • Country: India

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WHY this matters to me …

This greatly matters to me because I have had the joy of spending time in India with this community. Vatsalya ‘s co-founder, Jaimala Gupta, has been a DEAR FRIEND and SOUL SISTER for well over a decade. I TRUST AND LOVE HER GREATLY.

Over many steaming cups of chai tea and I’ve heard firsthand stories of struggles and strength, and witnessed her fierce vision and dogged determination to make life better for these children and the surrounding community. Her inspired action and commitment makes life better for kids who – without her organization – would be vulnerable targets for human trafficking and enslavement … with very few options for a future with hope and security. She has created a refuge plentyFULL with peace and possibility for the next generation of kids in India. She is someone with whom we are blessed and privileged to collaborate, to be sure.

FINANCIAL details …

  1. Having received a $1,000 matching pledge, your dollars will be doubled! =Only $1,000 to go! :)
  2. Funds can be donated from anywhere in the world with a credit card.
  3. NICF (Namaste India Children’s Fund) is the US-based non-profit partner for Vatsalya, allowing for US donors to receive a tax-deduction. Want to write a check? Great! Mail a check to Seeds of Exchange (4326 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO – 80207) and make your check payable to “NICF”.
  4. The overall project fundraising goal is $60,000, of which over half has been raised. We know that there are people who are passionate about science, education, children, and human rights – all of which this project impacts! If you or someone you know would like to make a big dent in this project’s remaining funds to be raised of $28,000, please contact Sarah.

Vatsalya, India

TIME-TESTED & comprehensive …

Vatsalya ’s focus has been on creating hopeFULL futures for children, women, and communities in India who are most marginalized, at risk, and underprivileged. Their initiatives are time-tested and comprehensive, working in Jaipur, India and in the surrounding communities in the arenas of micro-enterprise, public health, human trafficking, education, and ecology. 

Highlights to date:

  • Created a carbon neutral campus (“Udayan”), home to nearly 1,000 children to date
  • Supported livelihoods of over 1,200 underprivileged women including commercial sex workers
  • Saved more than 15,000 children from death due to malnutrition
  • Spread HIV/AIDS awareness and conducted health checkups of thousands

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. Share this page with 5 people passionate about science, education, and/or human rights. Let’s see how we can EXPAND this organization’s community connections!
  3. Join for the Seeds Storyteller Series with Kartikey Gupta, “Passion Director” of Vatsalya on when we talk about Igniting global connections through science & happiness (INFO HERE). See the Seeds of Exchange  event page (bit.ly/UpcomingSeedsEvents) for a list of upcoming dates and times or check out our replays on YouTube (bit.ly/YT-SeedsStoryteller).
  4. Ask for a donation to be made on behalf of your birthday or special event in celebration of YOU and your commitment to make a difference locally and globally.
  5. Connect with, follow, and friend Vatsalya: website, facebook.

Dhanyavaad (“thank you” in Hindi), Sarah Davison-Tracy, Seeds of Exchange  & the team of Vatsalya, India

Just to give you a taste of the FUN and people, pictures from my trip in 2009 …

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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