Create a calendar for planning to give on monthly themes.
Sharing and Gratitude are both part of the BE MEASURING framework of happiness habits, so simple actions of thankfulness are included. To make your own planned giving calendar, here’s some things to consider:
- Decide on the amount you wish to give.
- Choose causes that are important to you.
- Look them up at www.charitynavigator.org/. You can register to make it easy to give online and keep track of donations for tax purposes.
- Think of some simple gifts you can give to thank someone each month.
- Start a file for your giving plan, favorite recipes, thank you cards, etc.
Simple gift ideas: a candle, a book, a music CD, wrapped chocolates, flowers, variety pack of tea paired with shortbread or butter cookies, J Skinner cinnamon rolls, muffins, a gift card. Send an e-card from gratefulness.org.
Here’s the plan I’ve come up with.
|Jan||Nature||World Wildlife Fund||Buy a calendar from the National Audubon Society or other charity|
|Feb||Animals||A humane society volunteer||a local animal shelter||Take dog or cat food to a local shelter, walk a dog|
|Mar||Environment||A fireman||Greenpeace||Take a pie to local fire station|
|Apr||Libraries||A librarian||a local library||Take muffins to local library|
|May||Health||A nurse||Ronald McDonald House||Take flowers to local hospital nurses station|
|Jun||Parents||A mom, a dad||Charity for pregnant teens||A Symphony candy bar with relaxing sounds CD, diapers|
|Jul||Children||A big brother or sister||Make-a-wish foundation||Read to children in a local hospital|
|Aug||Seniors||A meals on wheels volunteer||Local senior center||Play cards or a board game with someone at a local nursing home|
|Sep||Education||A teacher||Local arts organization or historical society||Take cinnamon rolls to nearest school|
|Oct||Domestic Violence||A policeman||Domestic violence organization||Take a cookie tray to local police station|
|Nov||Veterans||A veteran||a local food bank||Take a veteran out to dinner, help pack food for Thanksgiving donations|
|Dec||Salvation Army, Angel Tree|
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