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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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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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Heal & T H R I V E | Trauma therapy and business training for single moms and widows

  • Project: Our December 2019 Seeds of Exchange fundraiser is benefiting the sistahs of Beauty for Ashes Uganda. Every $20 donated will fund one mama heal and thrive through trauma therapy and extensive business training. This is no small thing. It is exponential and game-changing for 1,230 single mamas and widows (our sisters!) in Northern Uganda and their 7,500 children. Yup: that’s nearly 9,000 women and their families in Uganda.

  • Goal: $2,000

  • Country: Uganda

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WHY this matters to me …

Because my life’s WHY is fueled first and foremost by LOVE – and my soul sistah Brandi Lea, founder of BFAU radiates LOVE in who she IS and what she DOES. What this organization is doing among a community of vulnerable, brave, and never-givin’ up women in Northern Uganda is fueling and sustaining unshakable worth and jaw-dropping opportunities to these amazing mamas and their children.

It matters.
It matters a lot.
It matters a lot today.

PROGRAM DETAILS …

TWO amazing ways to empower mamas with more TOOLS for both healing and thriving in this world!

1) Partnership with Tutapona (www.facebook.com/Tutapona and www.tutapona.com/) to bring a team to Northern Uganda for 6 months to walk every single one of our mamas through trauma therapy. REAL group therapy where they will learn and grow and HEAL! In fact, with past participants in these programs, Tutapona has seen a 60% decrease in PTSD symptoms. 60%!

2) Partnership with the ever-amazing Sarah Ray and her brand-new curriculum to bring 4-6 months of business training. She went in 2014 to teach two mamas from every group and they are STILL talking about it and her! This program will be training our literacy coaches and our staff in a 16-module curriculum to walk our mamas to even greater levels of thriving in their businesses will rock their worlds.

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 via facebook or GoFundMe. US donors and others ‘round the world (depending on where you live), can also donate on facebook. Donations are 100% tax-deductible for US donors. Both platforms are connected and tied to the same $2,000 goal! :) Let us know if you have trouble donating and we’ll see how we can help.
  3. 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 “BFAU”.
  4. Beauty for Ashes Uganda’s (BFAU’s) need this month is $29,500, so they can provide for all of the mamas in their community. Yes, their dream is audacious. But we have a hunch that this is gonna happen as we each give what we can. If you or someone you know is interested in giving a large chunk of the larger funding need, please contact Sarah.

WHY THIS IS SO IMPACTFUL & IMPORTANT …

You might be wondering why these mamas have trauma and why is there a community of single moms and widows? (The answer to that requires a bit of a history lesson.) These sisters live in a unique part of Uganda that has made their trauma stories complicated. They are far enough north that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) came violently through their villages, far enough south that they were deeply impacted by the Bush War (civil war with Idi Amin) and far enough east that the Karamojong Raiders have greatly impacted them. Thus, in the last forty years, they’ve been impacted by three different sets of war or rebel movements. Brandi and her organization have heard over and over how these sisters are gripped with fear, flashbacks, and PTSD. The impact of this trauma in their day to day lives is real and palpable.

We believe in healing and beauty – always and for all – even in the midst of the worst of the worst.

I want to see our mamas heal. They’re worth it. Their kids are worth it. I can hardly imagine without tears what it will be like for them to experience healing and more training. I can’t wait to watch them SOAR! Over the years of working with these mamas, we’ve heard their hopes for both trauma therapy and business training, and believe they are right about the impact both will have on their families. This is what they’ve said to us:

“When we heal, our minds will have peace.
When our minds have peace our businesses will thrive.
When our businesses thrive, our children will flourish.”

So, it is to their requests, their wisdom, their hope for the future that we are launching this program in 2020. Thank YOU for joining us, -Brandi & the BFAU mamas

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 trauma therapy, business training, global community, human rights. Let’s see how we can EXPAND this organization’s community connections!
  3. Join for the Seeds Storyteller Series with Brandi Lea, founder of BFAU – link coming soon! See the Facebook Seeds of Exchange event page for a list of upcoming dates and times or check out our replays on YouTube.
  4. Ask for a donation to be made on as a gift to YOU this holiday season!!! OR GIVE a gift in honor of someone you love this holiday season!
  5. Call, text, or email and say THANKS to someone who has been a part of helping YOU heal and thrive!
  6. Connect with, follow, and friend Beauty for Ashes Uganda: website, Facebook, instagram, YouTube.

xo, Sarah Davison-Tracy, Seeds of Exchange  & the team of Beauty for Ashes, Uganda

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