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When Looking for Ways to Give, Be Creative!

Part of investing is give of our resources to help others. This is an investment into our community and our future. When considering ways to give, you don’t always have to pull out the check book. For example, let’s look at how Alan Johnson turned giving into a win/win proposition.

About a week ago, Alan posted a contest on his blog,, hoping to gain readers and subscribers. Readers earn entry points into the contest by subscribing, posting comments, and blogging about the contest. But today Alan posted about an additional way to earn points; blog about a list of charities. The idea is to get bloggers to post about these charities AND to get readers to visit the charities on the list. Alan, benefits from the links from those posts back to his blog and the contest. It’s a great way to promote his site while doing some good for others at the same time.

So, here’s the list of charities on Alan’s list and how your click will help:

Giving HandsThe Animal Rescue Site – buys .6 bowls of food for rescued animals.
The Breast Cancer Site – helps a woman in need get a free mammogram.
The Child Health Site – helps a child in need get health care.
The Hunger Site – buys food for the hungry.
The Literacy Site – helps a child in need attain literacy.
The Rainforest Site – protects 11.4 square feet of rainforest.

So, click on a charity that interests you and learn more about their work. Then consider some creative ways that you can give of your time or money to help others. It only took Alan a short time to write his blog post, but that small investment of time will have hundred, maybe thousands, reading about these charities.

[Photo Credit:Kris Litman]

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