Valentine’s Day and giving

On Valentine’s Day I flew back from a few days in Florida with my sister Beth. Although the weather there was a little chilly – in the 60’s and even 50’s at night – it was nothing compared to what I left behind and returned to in Connecticut. There is more snow than I recall seeing in many years, and hope I don’t see again for many more.

I found UNICEF’s appeal for their 2014 annual fund in my mail. The letter starts, “Today is the first day of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s 2014 Annual Fund, and today could also be the day that you could choose to save a child’s life.” Pretty powerful – their letters are always excellent examples of fundraising appeals. They go on to list what my gift of $25 or $35 could do. I will renew my support.

And how does this relate to the children in your life? If you have a child’s birthday coming up, consider asking him or her if they’d like to honor their special day with a gift to help another child. Take them to UNICEF’s website and invite them to look with you and choose a gift to make. You might give them cash of $15 or $20 dollars and ask them to make the gift. You can match their amount and use your credit card.

You will be showing them how to have an impact with a small amount of money and some thoughtfulness!



Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on February 16, 2014, in Birthdays, Family, Giving, Grandchildren, Health, international, matching gifts, UNICEF and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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