I’m a huge fan of giving back to my community. I believe it’s important to find causes that speak to me and get involved. My community is filled with generous individuals who use their skills and talents to make the world a better place, so there’s never a lack of ways to get involved.
Recently, several big-hearted, fabulous friends of mine launched a philanthropic organization in the Phoenix area – 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun. The organization gives busy women who care an opportunity to come together and make an impact in their local community. The goal of the group is to support the work of local charities through funding, exposure and awareness in a minimal amount of time.
The 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun Chapter is comprised of two sister groups, one in Ahwatukee and one in Scottsdale. The goal is to have 100+ women in each group who meet for one hour, once a quarter. At each quarterly group meeting, three charities are picked “from the hat.” The women who nominated these organizations share the mission and need of the charities with the group. The members vote and the non-profit with the most votes is the recipient of the group’s donation. Each member writes a $100 tax-deductible check directly to the selected charity that same evening. In one hour, $10,000 is donated to that charity! Such a simple concept that makes a big impact in the community. Check them out on Facebook or visit their website if you would like to learn more and get involved!
I was fortunate to get involved as a sponsor. My task was to design and create the thank you gifts for all the sponsors. I decided to use the color palette of their logo and create individual, unique canvases with bronze edges to serve the dual purpose of holding a thank you card and business cards. I used a beautiful gallery wrapped canvas which was 8 x 8 x 1.5 inches, so it could be displayed on a desk or counter or reception area, or it could be hung on a wall.
Here’s what I created:
How could you use your skills, talents and resources to share with an organization that could benefit from them? What do you want to share with your community? What is your legacy? I can tell you from experience that it will be as rewarding for you as it is for the organization. Get involved and stop back and share your experience.