Donating to Charity
How else might we purge, or prune, for the oncoming Spring? Clutter is common after the excesses of the festive period - so
Damned if they do, damned if they don't. For the last seven years I have worked with celebrities, their agents, publicists (and in some cases their mums) to coordinate their support of charitable projects. And while no-one invites condemnation like a wealthy celebrity who does nothing for charity, those who do contribute open themselves up to a whole other raft of criticism. The big difference is once you're famous, you'll be judged. Every move a celebrity makes is up for scrutiny, including the issues that concern them; their politics; their faith; and the charities they choose to support.
Is it time to think differently about how we support charities? 2012 was something of a rude awakening for many charities
My decision to donate my marathon funds to Amnesty International was based on their excellent reputation, measurable progress and realistic goals. I believe they work to resolve human rights abuses effectively through campaigning for changes to legislation, administration and education.
The Psychology of Christmas Presents - What Does Your Gift Say About You - What Does Theirs Say About Them?
During this season charity fund raisers actively appeal for the disadvantaged. They almost universally don't ask for presents - much preferring you donate cash - because this is pragmatically the most useful contribution you could make. If it's obviously more helpful than other gifts in the domain of charity, so economists remain perplexed as to the irrational paradox of continuing to buy each other 'suboptimal' presents?
Maybe it's the global economy. Maybe it's a newly discovered sense of pragmatism. Whatever it is, this is without a doubt the first Christmas in recent memory that doesn't have me excited about shopping. And I know I'm not the only one! My friends and family seem to have been struck by the same anti-shopping - and even anti-gift getting spirit. So, while I've received the cookie-cutter answer "nothing" every time I pose the question "what do you want for Christmas?", I still do have my own ideas about the gifts I'd most like to give. I've decided this year to give meaningful gifts - in other words, gifts that keep on giving.
Although I was only in Bosnia and Herzegovina a short time it became very apparent, very quickly, just how important these loans are, with one of the entrepreneurs telling me she literally sees this as the only option for women in Bosnia to make a living.
Giving to a good cause may sound simple but with over 160,000 charities registered in the UK alone it can be hard to know where best to send your money and to be confident of its impact.
Whilst many people think they will give out of their surplus once they are content, I believe that giving is a key to reaching that elusive state of contentment.
A young bride who claimed to be stricken with cervical cancer, prompting donors to raise thousands of pounds for her dream