Giving Tuesday 2014 Knowing that today is Giving Tuesday is a Silver Lining start to the day! Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had plenty of days focused on shopping with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” but now it’s time for the feel good day…”Giving Tuesday”. I believe that it’s incredibly important to teach children about philanthropy early in life. By… Continue reading Giving Tuesday 2014
On Thursday, the three of us (the HOTY, Excitedly Eight and I) are going to serve Thanksgiving Dinner at a homeless shelter in Santa Barbara. Now that Excitedly Eight is old enough, it is a tradition that we are going to begin not only annually, but monthly. I’m a huge believer in cultivating a philanthropic heart,… Continue reading What Food Banks Need
Giving Tuesday 2013 Knowing that today is Giving Tuesday is a Silver Lining start to the day! Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had plenty of days focused on shopping with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” but now it’s time for the feel good day…”Giving Tuesday”. I believe that it’s incredibly important to teach children about philanthropy early in life.… Continue reading Giving Tuesday 2013
Recently, I had the great, Silver Lined opportunity to meet Jonny Imerman. Oh my goodness. He is literally an angel in this (cancer) world. At 26 years old, Jonny Imerman was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Throughout his treatment experience, Jonny was fortunate to have loving support from his family and friends but he never had the… Continue reading Giving: Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support Connecting Cancer Fighters, Survivors & Caregivers
Today, I am honored and excited to be the Keynote Speaker for the 28th Annual One Hundred Committee Luncheon of Girls Inc. Santa Barbara. I have some ginormous footsteps to follow because just a few years ago, Oprah was the speaker. Yes, Oprah. Oh and I’m the first local person to be the Keynote speaker.… Continue reading Giving: Girls Inc.
Is there a better way to start the week than by giving back? It’s my favorite way to start any day, much less week. Granted, there has been a lot of hubalaboo surrounding Lance Armstrong. While I’m not going to weigh in on those activities, what I would like to tell you about is a great Silver… Continue reading Giving: LiveStrong Community Impact Project
This weekend, the HOTY (a/k/a Husband of the Year for new readers) and I attended the MusiCares Person of the Year event in Los Angeles. Holy Moly. It was a major Silver Lining of the week. The annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute dinner and silent auction take place during Grammy Week two nights before the actual Grammy… Continue reading Giving: MusiCares
A Silver Lining of my weekend filled with the omnipresent sadness from the Sandy Hook tragedy was learning about Dalton Dingus. Dalton is a 9-year-old little boy dying of cystic fibrosis. His last wish is to receive a record (as in a Guinness World Record) number of Christmas cards before dying. As of this weekend, he… Continue reading The Ultimate Gift
Every year, I look so forward to The Silver Pen Gift Guide. Giving gifts is so much fun! Part of the joy comes from seeking and finding the extra special Silver Linings of the season. My first recommendation is the amazing t-shirt that J.Crew created for Teach For America. According to J.Crew, this tee was selected as… Continue reading Gift Guide: J.Crew + Teach For America
Ever since I started writing the “Giving” category, people have asked me “How do I know where my money goes?” or “How do I know if this is a legitimate organization?” For example, say you want to give $100 toward cancer research. You may be under the impression (or have high hopes) that your donation… Continue reading Giving: Where Does Your Money Go?