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Day 205: Living Philanthropic Gives Everyday

Living Philanthropic Day 365

When initiating 365give I did some extensive research to see what was going on in the world of daily giving. As much as I thought my 365give idea was unique if 10,000,000 other people were blogging the same concept to give everyday for 365 days I may have struggled with the impact and inspiration I could have made. Obviously since I am now on day 205 of 365 days of giving I did not find 10,000,000 doing the same thing. I did find one person that has stood out to me over the course of my journey – Carlo.

Day 205: Give 205

“An ordinary guy’s guide to giving back everyday. My name is Carlo and my mission is to give to charity every day for a year. This mission is built on a belief that you don’t have to be rich in dollars to make a difference, you only need to be rich in spirit. I may not always be able to give a lot, but I will Give Everyday.” – Living Philanthropic

Carlo and I have never except through our social media outlets but we have a lot in common. We believe that one person can make an impact. One person can give everyday. Even if you aren’t rich you can give.

Today is Carlo’s last day of daily giving – it is his Day 365. I feel like popping a bottle of bubbly and celebrating for him. If I lived a little closer I would be attending his Day 365 closing party in Chicago. It’s free and will be excepting donations to raise funds for Foundation Escalara. If you live in Chicago sign up for some serious dancing and celebrating.

Over the course of the year Carlo has personally donated $4165.81. As he explains on his site he does not have a lot of extra money to give but with a little cutting back here and there makes it possible to give everyday. I like to call it the the “Latte factor” a term coined by author David Bach- Live Rich Finish Rich.

On average a daily latte costs $5.00. Multiply that $5.00 by 365 days and you could contribute at least $1825.00 in a year to your favourite charity. Cut back on your 10th pair of blue jeans, 6th pair of shoes or 8th lipstick and you are well on your way to making a major yearly contribution.

On top of his personally donation, Carlo inspired another $14,384 worth of donations from readers. Fantastic! A huge contribution to not-for-profits across the world. Not only did Carlo raise money but her also raised awareness for all of these organizations he featured, a contribution you cannot put a dollar value on.

Today I am going match Carlo’s donation for his featured charity which is in honour of his Mother.

Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged”

My donation is in honour of Carlo. Read Carlo’s story. It’s simple, it’s possible and he makes giving something we can do everyday. Thank you for inspiring so many through your giving, your writing and your daily commitment. Above and beyond the personal cash donation you made everyday, you shared your research, your knowledge and your own personal time. That is called volunteerism. Those are endless hours of time and energy going towards a greater good. We all look forward to watching year 2 as the new Living Philanthropic grows and teaches us even more.

Time Commitment: 2 minutes

Cost: $25.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
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