Thrifty philanthropy: 5 simple ways to give back

Do you have a desire to give back to causes close to your heart but maybe you’re strapped for cash? Here are five simple ideas to get you started on the road to thrifty philanthropy.

The word philanthropy literally translates to “the love of people.” While we associate the word with gaziollionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, everyone can be a philanthropist. Even if you think your bank balance might suggest otherwise.

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Think before tidying up

A woman carries a stack of woolen jumpers.

Like so many others, you may be inspired to start tidying up around your home after watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, and that’s great. It’s a win for minimalism – yay! However, once you’re done thanking your items that no longer spark joy, I implore you to please think about three things before you simply throw them ‘away’.

You can make sure that your old joyless things will bring new joy to someone else. Read on for ideas on how you can maximise the benefit of donating your pre-loved items without putting charity shops under pressure. Somebody you will probably never meet will be grateful that you did.

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Appearance Activism with Carly Findlay

A woman with a red face and dark curly hair is smiling. She's wearing a bright and colourful dress.

Carly Findlay is a writer, speaker, appearance activist and now author, as her memoir Say Hello hits bookshelves. Carly writes about her skin condition, Ichthyosis on her popular blog as well as various issues around accessibility and discrimination.

In this interview, Carly shares what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance and provides advice and links to helpful resources on how we can all fight discrimination.

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Zero Waste with Erin Rhoads

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Erin Rhoads is the person behind one of Australia’s popular eco lifestyle websites on zero-waste living, therogueginger.com and author of the book Waste Not. Erin is on a mission to help show individuals the big difference we can make by throwing away less.

The zero-waste lifestyle can seem a bit overwhelming to begin with. Here, Erin shares what her own journey was like and how we can all be eco warriors by making simple changes, gradually.

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The best secret santa gift you’ll ever give

Countless cheap and tacky gifts will be exchanged this month as part of office and family ‘Secret Santas.’ However, this Christmas, why not consider something more meaningful than a novelty tie or singing fish?

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Foster care with Laura Baxter

Experienced foster carer, Laura Baxter has found fulfillment in providing love and support to young people who need a safe home to grow as individuals, but it doesn’t come without its frustrations. Laura clears up some common misconceptions and provides an insight into the joys of being a foster carer.

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Which fundraising idea is right for you?

So you’ve signed up for that charity challenge and committed to raise funds for a cause you’re passionate about – that’s great! Now what? It’s time to choose your method of fundraising. From head shaves to high teas, there are so many fundraising ideas, so how do you pick the one that’s right for you?

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Live crowdfunding with Abbie and Ruth Knight

Did you know that fewer Australians are making traditional tax-deductible donations? In fact, 60,000 fewer Australians according to the latest research. With an ageing population, this begs the question of where the donors of the future will come from to support our 54,000 registered charities.

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Close calls and evening strolls

The statistics of the incidence of violence against women are frightening. The news of Eurydice Dixon’s death hit me particularly hard. Maybe it’s because she was murdered in a park that is only a few minutes’ drive from my home. Maybe it’s because she was a comedian who just wanted to bring smiles and laughter to people. I wonder if sharing my stories can make any difference. It certainly can’t hurt, so here goes.

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How to prepare for Mt Kilimanjaro

There are countless blogs and articles providing tips on how to train for Mt Kilimanjaro, what to wear, how your boots should fit, what aperture to have your camera on for certain times of the day, and what to pack in your first aid kit – but can you ever be truly prepared for the adventure that awaits you? There were some things that I was not anticipating on my 2017 adventure to Mt Kilimanjaro. Read More