12 Ways to Give

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:

  1. Decide on the amount you wish to give.
  2. Choose causes that are important to you.
  3. 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.
  4. Think of some simple gifts you can give to thank someone each month.
  5. 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.

Month Cause: Thank: Donate to: Give:
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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