Guest Reflection on the Meaning of Charity
Charity is not meant to imply a more esteemed life bending down from the back of a horse to offer petty favors to one laying down in misery. It’s a sad thing that some have taken to that image. True charity is not seeing someone as lesser, but rather seeing others as completely equal. Charity is being vividly aware that we all share the same human value, could all in the blink of an eye need a hand from our brothers and sisters, and simply reacting to another’s need in the way we would want someone to do for us.
Tanushree’s Daily Reflection: Everything that happens in life is complimentary
I believe that in a person 2 out of 10 traits are genetic. The other 8 traits are built by that person. Every action/karma leads to the next action. If you feel that while you are doing good to others you are getting nothing in return, then you are mistaken. You have a quiet bank account accumulating the karma you create. For each good deed you add points while for every evil deed you get a deduction. There is no point in playing the blame game. YOU are the owner of your karma. Your current actions decide the path of your future life. Take responsibility and stay alert while you are doing something. This way you will master the so-called fate and destiny of your life. Everything happens for a reason and something always comes complimentary with it, such as grace.
Fairfield County Funding Opportunities
People’s: Grants for community development, affordable housing and youth; between $2,500 and $10,000; deadline 12/1/12.
Fairfield County Community Foundation: you name it, they have a fund for it! Deadline 3/1/13.
National Endowment for the Arts invites Creative Placemaking proposals for Our Town Grant Program. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Deadline 1/14/13.
Fairfield County Charity & Donor News
Stop & Shop begins its Annual New England Turkey Express Program by donating 1,000 turkeys to Connecticut’s Foodshare.
Bette Midler’s Hulaween Francias, the annual masquerade “A Season in Hell” ball chaired by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, benefiting the New York Restoration Project, featuring Blonide, Al Gore, and 1,000+ costumed guests. Signature events in NYC like this are capturing your donors and they are something to bring here.
Authenticity: It doesn’t work when your fundraising is too pretty.
What NOT to do when pitching your stories to the media.
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