Sunday, June 17, 2012
Giving for Father's Day
This Father's Day, I received a great gift from my son, Ben. It was a gift card from the organization JustGive. If you're unfamiliar with this organization, it's worth going to their website - www.justgive.org. Basically, they're like a clearinghouse for just about any non-profit you can think of. On the site, you can search by cause or by location and read all about literally thousands of different non-profit entities; and you can easily make a contribution to whichever ones you find appropriate. I can "redeem" the gift card I received from Ben by going to the site and designating some or all of my gift card amount to one or more of my chosen charities. And that's exactly what I did this evening.
I chose a Philadelphia-based organization called Back On My Feet. This is an amazing group that "promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem." Started in Philadelphia in 2007 by a remarkable young woman named Anne Mahlum, the organization is now operating in 9 major cities across the U.S. What they're doing is truly inspiring.
What a great way to use Father's Day to spread even more kindness - from Ben to me to the homeless of Philadelphia.