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Tis the Season: Gift and Do Good

Do you want to give gifts and give back at the same time? This season, there are many ways in which you can do this. From businesses that donate a portion of sales to a charity to nonprofits that sell products made by those in need, your giving can impact more than the person who is the beneficiary of your gift.

This season, “gift and do good” during the holidays by doing the following:

      1. Give the gift of time. If you haven’t visited your grandparents or parents lately, plan to spend a day with them. In addition to your own family, there are many who would benefit from your presence. Volunteer at a local hospital, retirement community, or homeless shelter. Visit an elderly neighbor.
      2. Give a gift to charity. Choose a cause that matches closely to the interests of the person to whom you are gifting (or select one that matters most to you) and give what you can in your recipient’s honor.
      3. Piece by Piece

        Buy gifts made by individuals in need and sold by organizations that support them. Year round, Piece by Piece has a selection of mosaic crafts for sale that are created by artisans who live in Skid Row and South Los Angeles. The Downtown Women’s Center sells artisan home goods — candles, soaps, and more — that are handmade by women overcoming poverty and homelessness.

        Hear the World Foundation

      4. Buy gifts for which a portion of the purchase price is donated to a worthy organization. When you buy Vibes high-fidelity earplugs, proceeds from each pair purchased support Hear the World Foundation, which helps hearing aids, surgeries and programs for the hard of hearing around the world.

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FREE: National Drawing Contest for Kids, ages 4-15

Across the nation, youth, ages 4-15, are invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of their “Dream Car” now through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Full contest details, along with the required entry form and official rules, are available online at www.TFSintheCommunity.com/DreamCar.

In the spring of 2017, nine U.S. winners will be selected. Once accepted and awarded, their artwork will be submitted, along with entries from approximately 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians will receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2017 during which four additional awards will be announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist. In previous years, U.S. Winners were selected to receive a trip to Japan to compete in the World Contest; among them was Lauren Park for her “Toyota Camera Car.”

Young people across the country are encouraged to participate. Last year, over 660,000 youth, ages 4-15 from nearly 80 countries submitted artwork to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest worldwide. Of these, 630 entries were submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. This is the 6th year that the U.S. has held its National Contest.

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TALK: Rethinking Charity by Dan Pallotta

TED-logoThis past spring, TED Talks featured activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta who shed light on the “double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities.” Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, in this talk, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In short, he says: “Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”

What do you think about his ideas as shared in this talk?

 

Creativity, Community and Connectivity at CauseConnect

CauseConnect-logo-stacked-125At CauseConnect, creativity, community, and connectivity are at the core of everything we do, and are aimed at supporting the firm’s focus areas of art, education, and environment.

Creativity: Regardless of the type of project or client — science, finance, automotive, utilities — you can be assured that art is meaningfully woven into every single thing we do. Somewhere along the way, an artist has been involved. For example, CauseConnect hires artists to create original artwork, conduct art demonstrations, perform live, teach a workshop, produce marketing materials, design icons for a website, develop illustrations for an article or a youth drawing page, and more.

Community: It would not be possible to do what we do today without building and nurturing “community” within our work. CauseConnect does not have full-time employees; rather, we are a community of freelance professionals and small businesses who partner on a variety of projects. My firm is hired often to work with a company or a nonprofit for specific projects, events, or campaigns, resulting in a team of folks — both inside and outside of that organization – who collaborate on achieving the desired end. Of course, much of our work focuses on building “community,” which is defined differently depending on the specific client or project.

Connectivity: Definitions of “connectivity” include “the quality or condition of being connected or connective” and “the ability to make and maintain a connection …”; both of which apply to how I work and what we do at CauseConnect. My work — both as an individual and as part of a collaborative team — involves my ability to get connected to the right people as well as an ability to maintain those connections. My firm’s tagline of doing business by doing good© also keeps us on point by ensuring that we are connected AND aligned with those individuals, companies, nonprofits, agencies and other entities who ARE doing good.

 

Support Education & Join in the Fun! 2013 Design Challenge

identityMON 6/24 @ 6:30 PM: Support education and have fun! The 2013 Design Challenge at LOT 613 in the Arts District honors David Abel and Peggy Funkhouser, co-founders of Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), a recognized school reform nonprofit and the evening’s beneficiary. Some of the event’s luminaries are locals like Kim Abelesartist and 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and Brigham Yenrealtor & DTLA Rising bloggerMention “Downtown Muse” when ordering your ticket and save $25 off your tax-deductible ticket (normally $125). Produced by local Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect.

 

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