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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.

Become a Matching Donor

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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Planting Seeds to Combat Trafficking

  • Project: We are partnering with Anjali Tamang who is building a school in her village in Nepal to prevent trafficking, reduce child marriage, raise awareness and change the mindset of her people, and offer a bright future for the next generation. Fight for human rights and be an activist with your giving funds today. Every gift is wildly celebrated and will be stewarded with great care.

  • Goal: $4,000

  • Country: Nepal

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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 are excited to 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 “Her Future Coalition”.

3 – Want to give a larger donation? GREAT!! Anjali has $90,000 USD to go, so your funds will be a great gift! With all our hearts, we thank you and cannot wait to hear from you! Please contact Sarah Davison-Tracy with your funding questions.

4 – Donations will be made to Anjali’s fiscal sponsor, Her Future Coalition, and 100% of the funds raised through this campaign will be disbursed to Anjali’s organization to build the school. Her Future Coalition is a US 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Since 2005, HFC has provided shelter, education, and employment to survivors of human trafficking and extreme abuse so that they may remain free and independent.

WHY this matters to me:

I love, trust, and greatly respect Sarah Symons, founder of Her Future Coalition. When I read the book she wrote with Anjali about Anjali’s story-called Standing in the Way (check it out!)-I was deeply inspired by and in awe at Anjali’s courage and hope, and knew that I wanted to share her story with our ever-generous and changemaking community of Seeds.

We are honored and overjoyed to partner with Anjali Tamang in her passion project to love and serve her community her village in eastern Nepal. May the floodgates of generosity open wide so that this school’s doors open soon.

WHY THIS IS NEEDED:

The mission is to stop the trafficking of girls, through education, by creating qualified and competitively educated students in a remote village in eastern Nepal. Currently, it is estimated that 75% of girls in this area of Nepal are trafficked or forced into child marriage. Anjali envisions that the youth in her village will be empowered to be professionals who are not only a source of hope, of poverty alleviation, and of decreasing dependence on earnings generated through sexual slavery, but ultimately are a part of the solution for ending human trafficking in this generation.

The name of the school is Hasta Memorial School. Hasta was the name of Anjali’s father. He worked hard to educate himself informally under candlelight and he always passionately wanted to educate others.

For the last 10 years, I have had a dream – to provide education and hope to children in my village in Nepal, so that they will not have to suffer the trauma of human trafficking, as I did.  When I was eleven years old, I was trafficked to India, where I endured several years  in a brothel in Kolkata.

Thankfully, I was rescued and given the help and support I needed to heal and rebuild my life. The love of God, and the love and hard work of many people have gotten me to the point where I am ready to bring my dream to reality,  I plan to offer a different life to children in my community, through the light of education.

I believe in the saying of Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ and in the words of Victor Hugo, ‘He who opens a school door, closes a prison.’

Our village in the Eastern mountain region of Nepal has a huge problem with trafficking.  A high percentage of the girls who grow up here are either trafficked or forced into child marriage.

I’m raising money to build a school in my village, to prevent more girls from being trafficked, to give them a bright future, to raise awareness and change the mindset of my people. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me. -Anjali Tamang

EXPLORE MORE:

Listen to or watch the Seeds Storyteller Series with Anjali Tamang and her mom, co-author, and partner in this project, Sarah Symons – get ready to be inspired, to learn, and to find a bit more of your story. YouTube | Facebook | Instagram

Head to this post to connect with and learn more about Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons.

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