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Charity of the Month


In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Georgia Gives Day

Georgia Gives Day is an opportunity to consider the important role that nonprofits play in our lives and communities.  It’s like a “flash mob of giving” focused on one 24-hour period to see how much we can raise for Georgia’s nonprofits.  Several of the charities I’m supporting in A Year of Centuries are taking part in Georgia Gives Day: Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Face to Face program), Bicycles for Humanity, Southeastern Greyhound Adoption, and the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

Each day during November, I am consciously giving thanks for at least one good thing in my life.  It’s such a powerful way to stay positive and energized.  Today I am thankful for the numerous nonprofit organizations that serve people and animals in need.  If you’d like to join me in this celebration, please make a donation through the website of any of my charities (click on the links to the left), or visit

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