Within 100 days, I’m seeking to discover 100 causes worth supporting: To Give to. To Pray for. To Post about. Please join me in this joyful adventure of giving.

Day 100 – Rehabilitating Teen Drug Users

For the last installment of my 100 day exploration of charitable causes to give to, pray for and post about, I will highlight one that has personally impacted me in a dramatic way: Teen Challenge (TC). WIKI: Global Teen Challenge is a network of Christian faith-based corporations intended to help teenagers, adults, and families with … Continue reading Day 100 – Rehabilitating Teen Drug Users

Day 99 – Restoring Eyesight to the Blind

The Life You Can Save, founded by Peter Singer, provides a curated list of several dozen evidence-based charities. The organization hopes to inspire and maximize charitable contributions while recommending where they will make the most difference. You can read more about their admirable mission in our post Day 81 – Amping Up Your Charitable Giving. … Continue reading Day 99 – Restoring Eyesight to the Blind

Day 98 – Doubling Down – My Favorite Charity

On Day 10, I wrote about Combating Human Trafficking. After penning a few paragraphs about the problem and outlining currently available statistics, I reviewed one local organization, Free For Life International, that engages internationally to relieve the horrific issue of human slavery. I briefly quoted their Executive Director and CEO, Gabrielle Joy Thompson, regarding their mission … Continue reading Day 98 – Doubling Down – My Favorite Charity

Day 96 – Nursing the Covid World Back to Health

NursingWorld.org: The human toll of the Coronavirus-19 pandemic is being felt throughout the nation and most acutely by the nation’s largest body of health care professionals – nurses. These nurses will deliver the vast majority of patient care as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Washington Post: What seven ICU nurses want you to know about the … Continue reading Day 96 – Nursing the Covid World Back to Health

Day 95 – Soaking – Restorative Worship Music

One of the most gently powerful, profound experiences I’ve ever had as believer for 40 plus years, was during the year or so while attending the Grace Center in Franklin, TN. An ancillary component to their regularly scheduled church services was a cloistered, intimate gathering of several dozen attendees who gathered for Soaking. Soaking consisted … Continue reading Day 95 – Soaking – Restorative Worship Music

Day 94 – Instilling Needed Financial Literacy

Investopedia: Financial literacy is the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. The lack of financial literacy can lead to a number of pitfalls. Financially illiterate individuals may be more likely to accumulate unsustainable debt burdens, for example, either through poor spending decisions or through a … Continue reading Day 94 – Instilling Needed Financial Literacy

Day 93 – Forestalling the Tsusami of Evictions

Poynter: At the end of this month, the country may be on the cusp of a new phase of the COVID-19 crisis: a wave of evictions. One estimate based on census data says, “8.4 million renter households, which include 20.1 million individual renters, could experience an eviction filing”. Some sources project twice that number, approximately 40 … Continue reading Day 93 – Forestalling the Tsusami of Evictions

Day 92 – Cancers Caused by Smoking and Drinking

My two closest family members, my mother and half-brother, were both victims to cancers that were caused by excessive drinking and smoking. My mother miraculously survived pancreatic cancer in her mid-forties, only to succumb to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) later in life. My half-brother, struggling for many years with chronic pancreatitis (pre-cancerous), finally died … Continue reading Day 92 – Cancers Caused by Smoking and Drinking

Day 89 – Performing Life Changing Surgeries

The Lancet: Remarkable gains have been made in global health in the past 25 years, but progress has not been uniform. Mortality and morbidity from common conditions needing surgery have grown in the world’s poorest regions, both in real terms and relative to other health gains. At the same time, development of safe, essential, life-saving … Continue reading Day 89 – Performing Life Changing Surgeries

Day 87 – Ridding Children of Parasitic Diseases

CDC – Parasitic Infections can occur in children of all ages: Infants, toddlers, and very young children in day care settings are at risk for the parasitic disease called giardiasis that causes diarrhea and is spread through contaminated feces. Pinworm infection (enterobiasis) also occurs among preschool and young school-age children. Children of all ages can develop parasitic diseases … Continue reading Day 87 – Ridding Children of Parasitic Diseases

Day 86 – Lending a Helping (Prosthetic) Hand

Ability Lab – Facts About Limb Loss: Worldwide, access to prosthetic care is limited. The World Health Organization estimates that 30 million people are in need of prosthetic and orthotic devices — yet more than 75 percent of developing countries do not have a prosthetics and orthotics training program in place, often leading to poorer clinical coverage … Continue reading Day 86 – Lending a Helping (Prosthetic) Hand

Day 85 – Developing Africa’s Entrepreneurs

Wiki: As of 2019, approximately 1.3 billion people are living in 54 countries in Africa. It is the world’s poorest inhabited continent. The entire combined GDP is barely a third of the United States. There are a number of reasons for Africa’s poor economy. European colonization and the subsequent challenges created by decolonization and exacerbated … Continue reading Day 85 – Developing Africa’s Entrepreneurs

Day 84 – Supplying Free Medical Services

KFF.org report: For the third year in a row, the number of uninsured increased in 2019. In 2019, 28.9 million nonelderly individuals were uninsured, an increase of more than one million from 2018. Coverage losses were driven by declines in Medicaid and non-group coverage and were particularly large among Hispanic people and for children. Three … Continue reading Day 84 – Supplying Free Medical Services

Day 83 – Serving the Widowed and Orphaned

IPS News: The estimated number of widowed persons worldwide in 2020 is approximately 350 million, with the large majority, approximately 80 percent, being widowed women.  The sadness, anxiety and loneliness over the loss of a spouse or life partner typically have detrimental effects on the psychological, social, physical and economic wellbeing of the surviving spouse, … Continue reading Day 83 – Serving the Widowed and Orphaned

Day 82 – Sending an Angel for Christmas

One of my children’s favorite Christmases occurred during the winter in which we were the poorest. My financial partner had unexpectedly pulled out of our business start-up right before launch. Having put everything I had into the venture, I was left completely depleted financially. As my family struggled to make ends meet, we held several … Continue reading Day 82 – Sending an Angel for Christmas

Day 80 – Coming to Grips w/Climate Change

Wiki: Climate change includes both the global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. That human activity has caused climate change is not disputed by any scientific body of national or international standing. The largest driver has been the emission of greenhouse gases, of which more … Continue reading Day 80 – Coming to Grips w/Climate Change

Day 78 – Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

UN News: Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “key to sustainable peace in the Middle East”, maintaining that the lack of any progress only “furthers radicalization across the region”. The expansion and acceleration of illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, ongoing demolitions, seizures of Palestinian-owned property and evictions are a continuing cause for concern. … Continue reading Day 78 – Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Day 76 – Retooling America’s Workforce

Thirdway.org article: Apprenticeship America: An Idea to Reinvent Postsecondary Skills for the Digital Age. The main shortcoming of U.S. postsecondary education is this: Too few workers are being trained for good-paying, middle-skill jobs. A crisis of human capital today is keeping millions of Americans from the opportunity to earn a good life. Employers’ growing demands for skilled, well-paid … Continue reading Day 76 – Retooling America’s Workforce

Day 75 – Volunteering for Good Cause

NationalService.gov: The 2018 Volunteering in America report found that 77.34 million adults (30%) volunteered through an organization last year. Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 6.9 billion hours, worth an estimated $167 billion in economic value. Millions more are supporting friends and family (43.1 percent) and doing favors for their neighbors (51.4 percent), suggesting that many are … Continue reading Day 75 – Volunteering for Good Cause

Day 73 – Funding and Supporting Non-Profits

Wiki: The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks over 140 countries in the world according to how charitable they are. The most recent edition was published in September 2018, with Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand ranking as the top three. … Continue reading Day 73 – Funding and Supporting Non-Profits

Day 72 – Challenging Juvenile Delinquency

The Crime Report: Juvenile Homicides Rose Amid Overall Crime Decline. Homicide cases in juvenile courts around the U.S. jumped by 35 percent between 2014 and 2018, the Justice Department says in a new report. In a separate report on juvenile arrest data emphasized that in 2018, law enforcement agencies made the fewest arrests of juveniles … Continue reading Day 72 – Challenging Juvenile Delinquency

Day 71 – Protecting Our National Park System

Wiki: The United States has 62 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress. A bill creating the first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President … Continue reading Day 71 – Protecting Our National Park System

Day 70 – Seeking Truth Within Political Trash

I’m relieved that the elections are finally over! Whomever would eventually triumph as victor, my hope and prayer was simply that the political wrangling would finally be over, peace would return to our streets and a solid path would be established for victory over the Covid nightmare. Fake news or facts?  Liberal socialist agenda or … Continue reading Day 70 – Seeking Truth Within Political Trash

Day 68 – Promoting STEM Education for All

Live Science: STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. Despite the … Continue reading Day 68 – Promoting STEM Education for All

Day 64 – Owning Up to Americas Genocide

I am grateful to be an American, and live in this amazing country and enjoy its many abundant blessings. I’m not necessarily a avid world traveler, but I’ve frequented well a couple dozen countries in several continents; seen rich ones and poor ones, with various political regimes, tasting a smattering of cultures. I appreciated them … Continue reading Day 64 – Owning Up to Americas Genocide

Day 62 – Tackling the Crisis in Yemen

UN: Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the result of five years of a brutal conflict, disease, economic collapse and a breakdown of public institutions and services. A staggering 80 per cent of Yemen’s population – over 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, including about 12.2 million children. … Continue reading Day 62 – Tackling the Crisis in Yemen

Day 56 – Immunizing the Worlds Children

WHO: Immunization is one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories. Not only do vaccinations prevent sickness and death associated with infectious diseases such as diarrhoea, measles, pneumonia, polio and whooping cough, they also hold up broader gains in education and economic development. Immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year. Measles vaccinations averted an estimated … Continue reading Day 56 – Immunizing the Worlds Children

Day 55 – Succoring CA Wildfire Victims

As of October 27, 2020, over 8,836 fires have burned 4,350,916 acres, more than 4% of the state’s roughly 100 million acres of land, making 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s modern history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The intensity of the fires has been increased by drying … Continue reading Day 55 – Succoring CA Wildfire Victims

Day 54 – Battling Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Racism is not limited to white and black. And America is certainly not the only country to struggle with systemic bigotry. The “US versus THEY” mentality has existed globally throughout recorded history among all people groups. It has fueled most conflicts – both domestic and international. I grew up during the Cold War. Communist (aka … Continue reading Day 54 – Battling Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Day 53 – Reengaging with Inner City Teens

According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates (2017), there about 44 million youth age 10-19 in the United States, 13% of the total U.S. population.  Of these, approximately 21 million are between the ages of 15 to 19 (2019). Children from ethnic/racial minorities together comprise half of the population under age 18. Twenty-five percent (25%) of all … Continue reading Day 53 – Reengaging with Inner City Teens

Day 51 – Memorializing the 9/11 Tragedy

WIKI: The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11 were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences. It is the single deadliest … Continue reading Day 51 – Memorializing the 9/11 Tragedy

Day 47 – Putting an End to Child Labour

Unicef: Millions of children around the world are trapped in child labour, depriving them of their childhood, their health and education, and condemning them to a life of poverty and want. Current global estimates estimate that 168 million children aged 5 to 17 are trapped in child labour. Child labour spans various sectors, including agriculture, … Continue reading Day 47 – Putting an End to Child Labour

Day 46 – Needing a Local Place of Worship

I’ve pretty much avoided organized religion and church for many years. With few exceptions, the most profound spiritual experiences I’ve had throughout my lifetime have been solitary excursions into nature. That said, I’ve loved gathering for extended, uninterrupted worship and stimulating interactive fellowship with open-minded, open-hearted spiritual seekers. I hate being preached at. I hate … Continue reading Day 46 – Needing a Local Place of Worship

Day 44 – Stopping the Slaughter of the Bees

USDA: Each of us depends on pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat. In the United States, more than one-third of all crop production – 90 crops ranging from nuts to berries to flowering vegetables – requires insect pollination. Check out this interesting USDA infographic. Greenpeace: … Continue reading Day 44 – Stopping the Slaughter of the Bees

Day 42 – Keeping Free Online Education Free

When I was growing up in the 60s, my primary source of all information trivial and important was the World Book Encyclopedia. It was probably the best investment my mother ever made. I spent hours upon hours thumbing through its many alphabetized volumes, first taking in pictures and accompanying captions, before diving into the articles … Continue reading Day 42 – Keeping Free Online Education Free

Day 41 – Curbing Shipping Industry Pollution

While politicians continue to debate the legitimacy of Global Warming /Climate Change along with self-interested multi-nationals arguing for little or no change in defense of their corporate coffers, people suffer and die. While much focus remains concentrated on lowering auto emissions and utilizing alternative forms energy; transferring the financing burden on domestic consumers, the egregious … Continue reading Day 41 – Curbing Shipping Industry Pollution

Day 40 – Encouraging Beleaguered Teachers

Teachers are front-line, essential workers and heroes, most especially so during the ongoing Covid Pandemic. Though caught in the ever-churning quagmire of political positioning and squabbling, they have done their best to provide a safe, effective learning environment for our children. They are worthy of our support and encouragement. Time recently interview teachers across the … Continue reading Day 40 – Encouraging Beleaguered Teachers

Day 39 – Understanding the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and affect daily functioning. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability in functioning … Continue reading Day 39 – Understanding the Autism Spectrum

Day 37 – Remembering the AIDS Epidemic

It’s easy to forget that we continue to face another global pandemic, some say “epidemic” from HIV/AIDS, now going on its 40th year! Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) was first reported on in early 1981. Read a historic synopsis of the disease. After living four decades with the disease, here’s … Continue reading Day 37 – Remembering the AIDS Epidemic

Day 36 – Revolutionizing Financial Services

Blockchain News: Blockchain Technology has high prospects of bringing significant revolution into the banking and finance markets. These markets are cluttered with too many intermediaries. Blockchain advantages include; decentralization, transparency, security (very pertinent), reliability, reduced cost, reduced room for errors, simplicity, traceability, and immutability among others. But it’s not just the Crypto World that is … Continue reading Day 36 – Revolutionizing Financial Services

Day 35 – Localizing & Individuating Your Gift

Giving doesn’t have to focus on the global and the grandiose, such as eliminating world poverty or bringing peace on earth. Your donations don’t have to equate to a pittance added to the big pot philanthropy to a huge organizations like the United Way or the Red Cross, although they are great  charities. Technology utilized … Continue reading Day 35 – Localizing & Individuating Your Gift

Day 34 – Freeing Those That Can’t Afford Bail

From The BailProject.org: On any given night in America, there are nearly half a million people sitting in jail before trial simply because they can’t afford bail. People in pretrial detention now make up more than two-thirds of America’s jail population. They are presumed innocent under the law, yet they will suffer the harms of … Continue reading Day 34 – Freeing Those That Can’t Afford Bail

Day 30 – Healing Through the Power of Art

The American Art Therapy Association characterizes art therapy as an approach to mental health that utilizes the process of creating art to improve mental, physical, and emotional wellness. Psychology Today: Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically. Throughout my own … Continue reading Day 30 – Healing Through the Power of Art

Day 29 – Playing Music as Medicine

There are a number of reputable, scientific studies that affirm the premise of music as medicine. Below are the top 5 results from the Google search “scientific studies on the power of music to heal” Harvard Health Publishing Medical News Today BBC/Science Focus Stat News American Psychological Association The search results also highlighted an NPR interview with … Continue reading Day 29 – Playing Music as Medicine

Day 26 – Empowering Young Women of Color

In searching for a reputable, well-vetted charity whose purpose is to empower young women of color, I encountered the problem that many are newly formed and haven’t yet developed the track record with the nonprofit rating agencies; namely Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and  Guide Star. This forces one to rely on news media, their respective website, and … Continue reading Day 26 – Empowering Young Women of Color

Day 25 – Aiding Victims of Sexual Violence

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. You can donate to RAINN here.  Although reports of sexual violence have fallen by half over the last 20 years, every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 5 out … Continue reading Day 25 – Aiding Victims of Sexual Violence

Day 23 – Buying Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. Fair trade is grounded in three core beliefs; first, producers have the power to express unity with consumers. Secondly, the world trade practices that currently exist promote the unequal distribution of wealth between nations. Lastly, buying products from … Continue reading Day 23 – Buying Fair Trade Products

Day 22 – Eradicating Malaria World-Wide

Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the most affected. The costs of malaria – to individuals, families, communities, nations – are enormous. CDC In 2018, an estimated 405,000 people died of malaria. The … Continue reading Day 22 – Eradicating Malaria World-Wide

Day 21 – Dying with Compassion and Dignity

Dying, along with sex and birth, is one of the most intimate of human experiences. We are uncovered and vulnerable, a time when only our most trusted companions are allowed access. These most sacred of occasions should always be contextualized with compassion and dignity. For the dying, many times it represents a final relief from … Continue reading Day 21 – Dying with Compassion and Dignity

Day 20 – Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Addiction Center. Whether it’s a problem with alcohol, opioids, cocaine, or any other substance, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year and impacts millions more. Every year, worldwide, alcohol is the cause of 5.3% of deaths (or 1 in every 20) About 300 million people throughout the world have an alcohol use disorder About 88,000 … Continue reading Day 20 – Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Day 18 – Fighting for Human Rights Globally

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights, drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world. Crafted in 1948 by the United Nations, it sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected, and it has been translated into … Continue reading Day 18 – Fighting for Human Rights Globally

Day 17 – Rebuilding Police Survivors’ Lives

We face increasing controversy and animosity between those who wish to support needed racial and social justice changes and those who want to support our police and military. I’ve heard it stated, that if Black Lives don’t matter, no lives matter. This is absolutely true. Notwithstanding, those who protect and serve the citizenry merit our … Continue reading Day 17 – Rebuilding Police Survivors’ Lives

Day 16 – Maintaining Our Hiking Trails

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.” Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Extended backwoods adventures, backpacking along trails far from the clamor of civilization, have been inspirational and restorative throughout my … Continue reading Day 16 – Maintaining Our Hiking Trails

Day 15 – Decreasing Prisoner Recidivism

Recidivism is an important issue for the American criminal justice system today. We see offenders cycle in and out of prisons and jails, and this has important implications for public safety and the stability of American communities. Ninety-five percent of inmates in state and federal prisons will be released eventually, and studies have consistently shown … Continue reading Day 15 – Decreasing Prisoner Recidivism

Day 14 – Reducing Homelessness in America

As it has in so many other arenas of American life, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the depth and severity of the nation’s homelessness crisis. According to a recent study, the economic disruption, housing instability, and mass unemployment that Covid-19 has touched off in the U.S. could lead to a 45% spike in overall homelessness … Continue reading Day 14 – Reducing Homelessness in America

Day 13 – Saving the Phytoplankton

As a conservation cause, ensuring the survival of Phytoplankton doesn’t pull on donor heart strings like saving the whales, polar bears, snow leopards, elephants, wolves, or gorillas; but the health of our oceans, and in particular the Phytoplankton, is essential to our survival as human beings upon the planet. Take a breath…and thank the trees. … Continue reading Day 13 – Saving the Phytoplankton

Day 11 – Delivering Food to Seniors

Older folks of all races and ethnicities are marginalized by society at large. They become invisible and forgotten. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, our most vulnerable population – seniors – are facing extreme challenges. It can be dangerous navigating a grocery store to purchase essentials. One outstanding charity that is standing in the … Continue reading Day 11 – Delivering Food to Seniors

Day 10 – Combating Human Trafficking

WIKI: Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world, behind drug dealing and arms trafficking, and is the fastest-growing activity of trans-national criminal organizations. Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour or sexual slavery.  According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), forced labour alone generates an estimated … Continue reading Day 10 – Combating Human Trafficking

Day 7 – Engaging in Micro-lending

Another proven tactic for providing opportunities to disadvantaged people groups throughout the world is through micro-lending.  As a form of peer-to-peer financing, micro-loans are extended to impoverished borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment, or a verifiable credit history. WIKI: “Many recipients are illiterate, and therefore unable to complete paperwork required to get conventional loans. As … Continue reading Day 7 – Engaging in Micro-lending

Day 6 – Alleviating Extreme Poverty

During my philanthropic explorations, I ran across a well known champion for the poor who some have labeled the “world’s most influential living philosopher;”  Peter Singer, the founder of The Life You Can Save.  Listen to his powerful Ted Talk. The concept behind this unique nonprofit is to carefully vet the best, most effective world charities … Continue reading Day 6 – Alleviating Extreme Poverty

Day 4 – Aiding Syrian Refugees

Unfortunately, Mega-Powers consistently wage proxy wars in the homelands of smaller countries around the globe. While these sponsoring powers are flexing their political and military muscles, posturing to gain supremacy, citizens suffer and die. The archetypical story of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse replays itself continuously; Conquest, War, Famine and Disease ravage the landscape. … Continue reading Day 4 – Aiding Syrian Refugees

Day 1 – Helping Victims in Beirut

The recent tragedy in Lebanon ranks as one of the largest, non-nuclear explosions in human  history.  Thousands injured, hundreds killed, and an untold number of victims left homeless.   News sources recommend a handful of reputable venues to those who want to contribute to relief efforts.  The one that seems to reoccur most frequently is the Red Cross.  In … Continue reading Day 1 – Helping Victims in Beirut