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October 2014

August 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    What Motivates You to Give?

    August 22, 2014

    There are many reasons a person chooses to be philanthropic. But, it is often surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the personal motivations that drive our decision. Aristotle said “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Knowing the motivations behind our charitable efforts helps us make wise choices when deciding where to give. This knowledge can make the difference between proactive and reactive giving.

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April 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    How Do Nonprofits Touch Your Life?

    April 18, 2014

    Whether we realize it or not, nonprofit organizations touch everyone’s lives. On May 6th, folks in the Midlands will have the chance to give back to the nonprofits that are touching their lives through Midlands Gives. 

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March 2014

December 2013

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: What Would You Change?

    December 26, 2013

    As we bid adieu to 2013, there’s much to reflect on and much to plan. A New Year is upon us — the possibilities are endless! Before you turn the calendar, take the time to review 2013 as a family. What are we thankful for? What milestones occurred? And, perhaps most interestingly of all, if you had the power to change something that happened in the world this year, what would you change? 

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Question of the Week: Family Traditions

    December 11, 2013

    Ask your children to list their favorite tradition and suggest a new one for the New Year. Traditions can add layers of texture to your life which will last not just during the holidays, but throughout the entire year.  

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October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: The Money Tree

    August 9, 2013

    “What do you think? We have a money tree in the backyard?” It’s hard not to wonder if people really do think that money grows on trees, particularly in this day and age. 

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June 2013

May 2013

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: My School

    May 31, 2013

    The school year has come to an end. The kids are running out the door. Teachers are cleaning their rooms for the summer. Parents are busy making summer plans for camp, vacation, sitters and the pool.

    For some children, school is a great source of structure. Meals are consistently provided, the classroom is an appropriate and comfortable temperature. There are adults there that are kind and care for them. They can play at recess and escape the reality of what's going on at school.

    School is a place of learning - something that is critical in today's society. School is a place where our children meet their friends, explore interests and talents and find mentors that will influence who they become and how they live their lives. School provides consistency and routine; fun and play; growth and development; exposure to others.

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: What Can We Do Now?

    May 3, 2013

    We know that there are so many different ways to give. And in many cases our efforts aren't or can’t be spontaneous our impulsive. Getting involved in a movement can involve significant organization and preparation.

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April 2013

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: How Can We Help?

    April 12, 2013

    There are lots of ways we can help others and the beautiful thing about giving is that we get to pick how and to whom. We support causes that are important to us.

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March 2013

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: Basic Costs

    March 22, 2013

    Lunch is not free. Clothing is not free. The roof over our heads, the car that drives us to school, the warmth we experience on cold nights … none of it is free.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: Are We Rich or Poor?

    March 1, 2013

    "To those whom much is given, much is expected." President John F. Kennedy said it. On the other side of the aisle, President George W. Bush said it too.

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February 2013

December 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: Presents of the Past

    December 20, 2012

    By now, everyone has turned in their list. Santa has his orders and he is now working to pull it all together to ensure that our little ones have a very merry day. Regardless of the occasion, whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays or other occasions requiring gifts, there is something magical about providing our children with the objects of their hearts’ desires. (Exemptions include such requests as an R.V., pet penguin or trip to Venus.) And while they’re thrilled when they receive it, in many cases over time, the thrill dissipates and the items that were once the most wonderful, needed items on the earth can now be found at the back of the closet, under the seat in the car, midway through the toy box, or worse, dragged out into the yard by the dog and left in the rain. Or even sometimes, let’s be honest, that wonderful item that they opened 10 minutes ago has been forgotten as soon as they open the next.

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: The Many Ways to Give

    December 7, 2012

     When you hear the word 'give,' what images come to mind? For some, it might be financial giving - writing a check or putting money in the offering plate at church. For others, it might be donating gently used clothing, toys and household items that you no longer need but that others could still use. But there's more we can give than just money and things. How about your time? Everyone is really busy these days, especially those with kids. But spending 30 minutes visiting with a lonely elderly neighbor or delivering a meal to family facing an illness can be more valuable to those in need than money. 

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September 2012

June 2012

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: Family Activities

    June 29, 2012

     While we have the strongest influence, our kids are impacted by others, too. By their teachers, friends, neighbors -- even your friends, other family members and acquaintances on the playground or school bus. Think back on your childhood. Chances are, you admired a friend's family. Do you remember what it was that you appreciated? While we don't want to get into the habit of comparing ourselves to others - or our family to other families, there are opportunities to learn from the habits of others and your kids might have some good ideas of things you can do together as a family that they've learned from their friends.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: How Will We Get There?

    June 15, 2012

    While relaxing; summer can be busy too. There’s driving to the mountains, to the beach to the water park. Kids are in camps, going to the pool, sleeping over at Grandma’s. We go to the lake, visit the Zoo, hit the Museum. You might even travel to another state or country.

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May 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: If You Could Help One

    May 4, 2012

     If you start poking around on the internet looking at the need in your community, it can become a little overwhelming. This week, we were thinking about families that would like to host a Charitable Birthday Party and pulled together a list of Columbia nonprofits that have wish lists of items that party attendees could bring in lieu of a typical party gift. While we at TAG live in the nonprofit world every day, seeing our list of worthy organizations representing urgent needs right here in our backyard caused us to pause. We want to help them ALL!

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March 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: Helping Others

    March 23, 2012

    Recent research studies published indicate that children (as young as 15 months!) are naturally altruistic and generous. What's even better? Environment plays a role in this, so we do have the power to influence our children and their behaviors in terms of how they think of and treat others. Recognizing need is an important lesson that, if handled properly, can teach a lot about empathy and our ability to make a difference in the life of others. And as parents, grandparents or mentors,  sometimes the trick is helping children understand that recognizing need does not mean judging or thinking of themselves as 'better.' 

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: Family Talent

    March 2, 2012

    We work hard to help our children realize their talents. We look for their abilities and help them find ways to use and apply them – socially, in education, in future careers. We sign them up for group activities; push them in their studies and nurture hobbies and activities that will build their self esteem. They should be proud of their talent, so we celebrate it. What about our families?

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February 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: How is our Money Used?

    February 17, 2012

    As you probably know, the Susan G. Komen Foundation recently caused quite a stir. We are certainly not here to debate their decision(s) or the fall-out(s), but in reading responses to articles and social media postings over the past week, it is evident that many of us are not completely aware of how the nonprofits we support use the money we donate or raise on their behalf. It’s important to do your homework before supporting charities to ensure that your money is being used appropriately and in support of initiatives that you intend to be part of. For adults this can obviously involve significant financial investigation and vetting, however there are activities and discussions children can participate in to increase their awareness of what they are supporting and understand the importance of being sure our money is used well.

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December 2011

November 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: That Giving Feeling

    November 18, 2011

    With the holidays sitting right before us, it's the season of giving - and in many ways for our kids, the season of getting. Christmas lists are being prepared and Santa will be available for conversations regarding our wishes very soon. It's exciting - there's so much we NEED:  A new bike. Clothes for our American Girl Dolls. Designer jeans. The latest iPhone, Xbox, tablet. In the midst of all the hubbub, many families make an effort to come together as a group and do something for others during this season and there are so many different opportunities available at this time of year.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Question of the Week: Recognizing Our Strengths

    November 4, 2011

    Alright. We don’t want to completely over-inflate our children and there is some new research that indicates that too much praise is not good for them, but there is a big difference between praise and personally recognizing our strengths and what we can do with them. For kids, sometimes this is not as black and white as it is for adults and we can help our children in exploring just what it is that they’re really good at and help them recognize ways they can use these gifts. Obviously, it feels good to be good at something. It’s healthy for a kid’s self-esteem. And while we know that our children are perfect, the reality is that they're going to have strengths and weaknesses. Understanding our strengths illustrates to us how we are unique and as parents we can help our children take the lesson a step further. How can these gifts be applied for good? 

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October 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: Talking About Hunger

    October 21, 2011

     Sesame Street recently aired its primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger. This one-hour segment aimed to raise awareness of the epidemic issue of hunger in the United States. If you missed it or your child didn't make it through the whole hour, check out the short highlight video below. For those of us who have never gone without, it's difficult to imagine either not knowing where your next meal will come from or how you're going to feed your children. Sesame Street addresses the national statistics, but how about right here in South Carolina?

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