For Children and Families:
• Visit a nursing home
• Help serve food at a homeless shelter or help your local food bank
• Skip a meal or dessert weekly. Save the money and give it to a charity
For Young Adults:
• Be a mentor to a at-risk youth
• Organize a charity benefit and invite friends and co-workers
• Give up a latte a week and donate the money to charity
• Make a philanthropy plan that puts your time, talent and treasure to best use
• Have potlucks with friends. Give the money you would have spent going out to a
• Create an estate plan to protect your family and also include charitable legacy gift
• Use a lifetime of skills to help a local non-profit become more effective
“Lent is a great time for giving and personal reflection. And whether you are religious or not, it’s a time where everyone can do a philanthropy plan and make a difference now and for the future,” says Bray.
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Richard Bray is a strategic philanthropy advisor with Family Values Philanthropy helping non-profits, individuals and businesses further their values and desire for community impact. He has helped to foster generosity in the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound region for the past twenty years. Bray is a member of the Washington Planned Giving Council and Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network.