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Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Posted on 12/20/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeDo you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

2012 Changes May Hurt Older Americans Who Support Charities

Posted on 12/7/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIf you give to charitable organizations, you definitely want to read this post. There are some important changes being made to how some charitable contributions are treated that can potentially affect you. Two main areas to be aware of relate to IRAs and Charitable Gift Annuities. IRAs It is unclear right now if the IRA charitable rollover law will remain in place in 2012. What this means is that unless Congress intervenes people over the age of 70½ who are …

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Decide Who To Give Money To

Posted on 08/3/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. We get asked all the time to help support all kinds of organizations.  From the canvasser on the street asking you to donate to Planned Parenthood …

Reed Sandridge: Giving During Desperate Times

Posted on 07/13/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital.  The US Department of Labor released the latest unemployment figures on Friday for the United States and sadly the percentage inched up from 9.1% to 9.2%.  …

One Give A Day

Posted on 02/25/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringHere’s an inspiring and fascinating twist on charitable giving: A man who doesn’t have a lot decided to give a little bit to a different charity every day for a year, and he set up a Web site to encourage others to give to his featured charities. Who is he? Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, a Chicago-based actor who decided to launch his mission – Living Philanthropic – after ruminating on what it would take to give to charity every day. He …