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TAG Book Club: How to be an Everyday Philanthropist

We’re in the dog days of summer. But a new beginning is on the horizon. Can you feel the excitement? It won’t be long and it will be time to buy that new Trapper Keeper, monogrammed lunchbag or super heroes backpack. There will be white tennis shoes, glowing on feet. Fresh blue jeans, a size too big so we can grow into them. Maybe even a fresh new haircut. New schedules, routines and activities. But perhaps you’ve been thinking about ways to make life more meaningful for your family as you get into the crazy hubbub of the school year. But how can you fit it all in? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

We’re in the dog days of summer. But a new beginning is on the horizon. Can you feel the excitement? It won’t be long and it will be time to buy that new Trapper Keeper, monogrammed lunchbag or super heroes backpack. There will be white tennis shoes, glowing on feet. Fresh blue jeans, a size too big so we can grow into them. Maybe even a fresh new haircut.

New schedules, routines and activities. But perhaps you’ve been thinking about ways to make life more meaningful for your family as you get into the crazy hubbub of the school year. But how can you fit it all in? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

How to be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference, by Nicole Bouchard Boles is chock-full of everyday ways you and your family can help others and your community. You will be amazed by the things you can do using everything from your trash (you now have a new plan for your dead, post-Christmas tree this Decemember), to your body (legs/lungs, hair, blood), your decisions, your awareness, your talents and more to help others – We don’t want to spoil it for you.

So many ideas; many that you’d never come up with on your own. Some require big commitments and some could be a one-time gig. Regardless, there are countless ways your family can get involved in your community and help others and this book will inspire you to start looking for opportunities.

What we like about it

In addition to the multitude of creative ideas for community service and helping others that in most cases cost nothing, the book is filled with inspirational quotes and case studies telling the stories of real live people and their interesting and impactful ways of giving back. It’s straight forward, easy to read, well organized and also offers a calendar to help you focus your energy, an index full of organizations to support and stickers (yes, stickers for adults. what’s not to love?) to help you keep your favorite ideas straight.

About the Author

Nicole Bouchard Boles is an expert in no- and low-cost philanthropy who consults with companies, families and individuals on the best ways to incorporate giving into their everyday lives. She has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times and heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Disney Kids and CBC Radio. Nicole lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and three children.

Suggested Age

This is a book for adults, but a resource for families. As you begin to research opportunities for giving and volunteering, consider the ages and abilities of those in your family and make decisions accordingly so you can make realistic commitments.

Where you can find it

How to be an Everyday Philanthropist, Amazon