2012–Almost Over? Really?

by Giver Girl on December 15, 2012

Hard to believe we’ve got just over two weeks until 2012 comes to a close.  It’s been an interesting year in terms of our giving.  We ended up taking on a larger giving project that basically claimed the $52 times 52 weeks for the entirety of the year.  We’ve given larger amounts in smaller intervals and have found that devoting so much of our resources to one organization brings with it its own challenges; for example, we’ve noticed ourselves becoming more critical of that one particular organization, and have paid much closer attention in a much more painstaking manner to the way they spend their money.  We’ve had some uncomfortable conversations about the way we want our donation allocated.  And perhaps that’s not a bad thing.  Yes, things seemed simpler last year–we put our trust in the Charity Navigator ratings and fired of those fifty-twos with a nice, warm feeling–but what goes on day in and day out in each of those organizations was and is undoubtedly much more complex than a simple four-star rating can indicate.

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March Giving Update–And Help Us Catch Up!

by Giver Girl on March 22, 2012

Well, as was forecast, we haven’t been around much lately.  But we have been giving.  We’ve had fun recently just letting a few weeks’ worth of $52s pile up and then handing the cash out all at once.  We’ve made two gifts since we last wrote: one to a close friend of ours, who along with his wife are missionaries and who expressed a dire need for support to get them through the end of winter (we weren’t alone in helping them out–they now have more than they need!); and another to a cause in support of my mother, who is raising funds for the American Heart Associaton’s Heart Walk.

These gifts were pretty much the opposite of anonymous–we obviously know, love, and communicated with the recipients–but I still say they honor the tradition we’ve started.

All that said, we’re about $75 shy of where we should be right now, according to the math of the $52 per week formula.  While we’re not following our old ways to the letter, we do want to make sure the amount stays at the same level, or higher.

I’d love to give $100 today to a charitable effort in need–any ideas?

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So…Change of Plans…

February 27, 2012

As you’ve surely noticed if you’re anything of a regular reader (or one of our fellow givers), we’ve been incredibly delinquent in coming up with our regular weekly posts for the past month or so.  It is with some (but not much) regret that I’m here to tell you: Giver Boy and I have decided [...]

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Catch-Up Coming Soon

February 13, 2012

Egad, are we ever delinquent.  We sincerely apologize for the weeks of silence, but rest assured we have not given up on our little project here.  Busy-ness has indeed gotten the better of us, but stay tuned for a major “catch-up gift” coming this Friday. Pass It On:

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Friday, January 20: Sight and Sound

January 23, 2012

So, this one was sort of indirectly guided by the children.  We might have to consider moving our “gift day” to the weekend, because it’s nearly impossible to get a thoughtful word in edgewise with the kids on Friday.  They’re in school all day, of course, and then Friday is the one day per week [...]

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Friday, January 13: How to Navigate Your Giving

January 13, 2012

It’s good to be back! Giver Girl and I are excited to start up another year of giving. I truly appreciate all the love and support of those who joined with us last year…without you, and without the grace of God, 2011 would not have been as successful as it was. In fact, support came [...]

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Friday, January 6: Charity Begins at Home

January 11, 2012

“Charity begins at home.”  It’s a popular phrase, isn’t it?  I never gave it too much thought before (and, to be honest, sometimes looked at it as being an excuse to avoid giving), but this week changed all that.  I did a little web research before writing this, just to see where the idiom came [...]

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Hello 2012!

January 6, 2012

Hardly feels like we’ve had any time to catch our breath and process the amazing first year of 52 times 52–but alas, time marches on.  Can it be the first Friday of 2012 already?!  Stay tuned for our first gift of 2012, and more details about our plans for the new year. Pass It On:

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Friday, December 30: FINAL GIFT OF THE YEAR!

December 31, 2011

Sorry for the ALL CAPS, folks.  But we’re excited.  We really are.  As I sit here typing on New Year’s Eve (yes, we’re a day late with our post, what else is new), Giver Boy at my side and helping us collect our thoughts, we can’t quite believe that, by God’s grace, we’ve made it [...]

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End of the Year Post…Coming Soon!

December 29, 2011

We haven’t forgotten our project, and we haven’t stopped giving, either.  We are, however, doing a lot of traveling and visiting during these holiday weeks.  Stay tuned for our last post of the season–a “triple” gift with plenty of Christmas spirit. Pass It On:

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