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Top Three Things I Like This Week

1. The International Justice Mission’s iPhone app. because it is super informative and not just a link to their website.

2.  Living Philanthropic’s blog because a guy named Carlo is showing us all up by, sustainably, giving his own money away every single day.

3. Adele because how is someone this good at singing?

Who will be #3,500?

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Do you LIKE Living Philanthropic? Then, you should check out Living Philanthropic on Facebook! 

Currently, sitting at 3,499 Likes, who will be number 3,500? 

Living Philanthropic celebrates 2 years on April 1st, join LP  in celebrating by sharing the facebook page and help get Living Philanthropic to 5K likes.  

Vote for Living Philanthropic TV

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Vote for Living Philanthropic to receive a $2,500 grant to produce a web series about giving back.

The Idea

The Living Philanthropic Project: a new web series highlighting the joys of giving back through volunteerism. The goal is to produce 12 episodes highlighting a different non-profit organization each week as the host interacts with the organization and tells their story.

The Specifics

The funds would go directly to renting the equipment and paying the crew to help film and produce 12 episodes of The Living Philanthropic Project. The videos would then be hosted on Vimeo & Youtube and provided for free usage to the organizations to help promote their cause.

Creating content can be challenging for some non-profits working on a limited budget. The Living Philanthropic Project hopes to provide high quality videos that help tell the story and inspire action through action. Please share a vote and a tweet or like if you believe in the power of volunteerism.

Vote for The Living Philanthropic Project here:

Help Living Philanthropic obtain $50K for Charity

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I am trying to win $50K to give to charity and you can help! I created the Living Philanthropic foundation account with GiveBack, please sign up for your own foundation via this link below and you will give Living Philanthropic referral points, Living Philanthropic currently in second place for $50K and needs a big push to move into the lead:

Thanks for the support! Prize money must be given to charity and I think that is an awesome prize!

The Give Back Foundation was established to allow any person to join GiveBack and set up their personal foundation account. The funds that accumulate in that account are part of the Give Back Foundation. Each member has the ability to direct the funds from their account to any charity in good standing with the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Together, all of the members’ accounts are gathered under one Give Back Foundation account awaiting the direction of each member. The members can give their money away whenever they choose, either as a single donation or as part of a group of people coming together to support a cause. 100% of the money that is directed to a charity is sent to the charity. The Give Back Foundation doesn’t charge you or the charity anything for the transaction.

Any money that a member adds directly into their GiveBack account is immediately tax deductible to the full extent allowed. Any additional money that may be added, either by our corporate sponsors or other individuals, is not deductible by the member. At year end the Give Back Foundation will issue every member a consolidated giving statement that may be used as an IRS tax receipt.

Sign up for an account here.

Year 2 of Living Philanthropic comes to a close, thank you for all the support and generosity. We made another impact this year, our running reported total has hit a grand total of $54,314!! Amazing! Let’s keep it going for Year 3!

For Year 3, I am working on a few goals:

  1. Create the Living Philanthropic Foundation - with a mission to help raise awareness for non-profits through a series of programs
  2. A top secret project - more details soon
  3. Monthly Featured Charities - Moving projects to GiveBack so 100% of all funds raised go directly to the organizations. 100%!
  4. Pledge $1 a day to Charity. Will you join me?

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April 2012 Living Philanthropic Featured Charity

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.With this in mind, they provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, field trips, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.All of their programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice. For more information, please visit:

Take the Living Philanthropic Challenge Options:

Pledge $1 a day for the month of April ($30)

Give once. Give Everyday.

Make your contribution to the Team Page:

Want to be a guest blogger on Living Philanthropic?

Join the team and donate on this page & submit your blog post about why you made a contribution here:

Living Philanthropic was founded in April 2010 as one man’s mission to give to charity everyday for a year. This mission is built on a belief that you don’t have to be rich in dollars to make a difference; you only need to be rich in spirit. After completing his 365 day mission, the spirit of giving everyday carries on through his friends and in his mission to continue his micro-philanthropy for a third year.

Day 365 Party at Collaboraction - Tonight!

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Come celebrate 365 days of Living Philanthropic!

After 365 days of charitable giving, I think a little fun celebration is in order! Join me in toasting Living Philanthropic and dance our way into YEAR TWO!

Thanks to my friends at Collaboraction for sharing their home with me. 

Drinks * Dancing * Music * Fun * FREE!


Collaboraction (at Flat Iron Arts Center)

1575 N. Milwaukee Ave, Ste 336, Chicago, IL



There will be some FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS and special guests from Foundation Escalera in the house!!


Space is limited, fun is not. :)

*Donations will be collected at the door for Foundation Escalera

For more information about Foundation Escalera or to make a donation, please visit:

WANT TO LAUGH as well as DANCE? 

Check out 200 Funny Things at 10PM for only $8!

For more information, please visit:

Thank you for all the kind words and support!

Did you Check-In today?

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Did you check in your healthy habit today? If not, go wash your hands with warm water for 15 seconds to help curb the spread of germs and go “check-in” at or tweet the hashtag #checkinforcheckups and Clorox will donate 10 cents for each check-in, up to one million check-ins, to CHF as part of its goal of providing half a million checkups for children in need across the country. There is no limit for how many times you can check-in per day – every single check-in helps keep kids healthy.

My check-ins so far have accounted for $143.60 donated to Children’s Health Fund for a grand total of over $10K donated by Clorox to CHF! Let’s keep going!

I have been acting as a social media activist to promote the program. I am adopting a few healthy habits for the summer and each time I complete a habit, I will be checking-in and .10 cents for each check in with be donated by Clorox to the Children’s Heath Fund!

Want to be a guest blogger on Living Philanthropic?

Join the team and donate to Children’s Health Fund at  & submit your blog post about why you made a contribution here:

Day 363: Children's Health Fund

I’m in the process of moving to a new apartment and lots of things are ending this week, which means I am completing goals and freeing myself up for new adventures. April 22nd is the last day of Living Philanthropic: Year One and April 24th is the last performance of El Nogalar at the Goodman. I look forward to what the future holds for me. Day 363’s charity is dedicated to improving health care for children most in need to help them live long and healthy lives to pursue their dreams.

Children’s Health Fund, co-founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD, is committed to providing health care to the nation’s most medically underserved children through:

  • the development and support of innovative, comprehensive primary care programs,
  • reducing the impact of public health crises on vulnerable children, and
  • promoting the health and well-being of all children

The Fund works specifically to:

  • Support a national network of pediatric programs in some of the nation’s most disadvantaged rural and urban communities;
  • Ensure support of its flagship pediatric programs for homeless and other medically underserved children in New York City;
  • Advocate for policies and programs which will ensure access to medical homes that provide comprehensive and continuous health care for all children; and
  • Educate the general public about the needs and barriers to health care experienced by disadvantaged children.

Amount Donated: $5

To support Children’s Health Fund, please visit: