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How to Help Australia’s Wildlife

Most of the population of Australia lives in the Southeastern region; an area in which most of the devastation from recent forest fires has taken place. There have been some human casualties, but significantly more animals that have lost their lives. Australia has been home to some of the most beautiful and rarest animals on earth, and so many of these are now on the brink of being endangered, if not already deemed so. This tragedy has inspired individuals from all around the world to offer their services, the following being a number of ways you can contribute yourself.

 

Relief for Burned Animals

 

For the lucky animals that have survived these fires, many are still suffering from severe burns to their coats and paws. Among them are koalas and kangaroos, two of the most world-renowned Australian animals. Some people are giving pain-relieving shots to any injured animals they find. Others are stocking up on blankets to cover animals as they take them out of danger’s way to secure shelters. However, hundreds of millions of animals may have already perished from the devastating fires.

 

Visit WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation’s website here to donate!

 

Leaving Food and Water

 

Many of the surviving animals are threatened with starvation or dehydration. Entire habitations for unique wildlife have been destroyed, leaving these animals lost and confused. All the rivers and dams are drying up, but many local southeastern Australians are creating watering holes in surrounding areas for surviving animals they cannot locate themselves. 

 

Koalas get most of their water from the eucalypt leaves they eat. The recent droughts have made life hard enough for them, and now they are coming down from the trees looking for water. This provides rescuers a good chance to save them before they come to more harm, however. To help in these efforts, visit the Australian Koala Foundation to adopt a koala today and protect this species from further devastation.

 

Providing Temporary Shelter

 

All around the country, people have come together to find, feed, and house rescued animals. Some have gone as far as digging out their bedrooms to shelter kangaroos. Communities are coming together to build shelters, but it’s not happening fast enough. The wildfires have brought animals that were once considered endangered to near extinction. It will take some time for the smoke to settle before the true level of destruction caused by these wildfires is realized. The two states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria have suffered the worst from the fires.

To do your part in providing these animals shelter, consider donating to the Scituate Animal Shelter, asking for homemade “Joey Pouches.” Another helpful nonprofit organization rescuing these animals in need is the Australian Animal Rescue.

Charities to Donate to This Holiday Season

According to Giving USA, Americans donated more than $400 billion dollars to their favorite charities in 2018. It’s imperative to point out that close to $292 billion dollars came from private donors. Many insiders around the country believe these numbers will increase in 2019.

There are many exceptional charities in need of your donation. However, no one wants to see their money go to a lost cause. Here’s a list of the most popular charities around today. Also, keep in mind that these charities have an exceptional reputation for using donated funds properly.

Action Against Hunger – This charity focuses on feeding homeless citizens and low-income families.

Direct Relief – If you really want to help people dealing with catastrophic losses from storms, you should consider donating to this charity.

Prevent Child Abuse America – If you have a heart for abused kids, this charity should be on your radar.

Fisher House Foundation – This charity helps our beloved veterans. Fisher House Foundation has a solid track record.

Conservation Fund – There are so many things happening in our environment these days. Donating to this charity can help keep our environment intact.

The charities listed above have a good reputation for making wise use of donated funds. However, there are tons of charities around today. It’s not unusual to turn on the television and see news stories about fraudulent charities. This is one of the main reasons why some people are reluctant to make a donation.

It’s important for you to understand that you should not allow fraudulent activity stop you from helping others. Let’s take a close look at a few solid tips that can help you choose a worthy charity.

  1. Do Your Due Diligence

You should do your research before sending your money to a non-profit organization. Check out the organization’s website and coverage in the press. You should also check out the organization’s financial records closely.

  1. List Your Favorite Causes

What are your favorite causes? Make a list of the causes close to your heart. This will help you choose the charities that serve your interests or passion.

  1. Ask Around

Consulting with your family members, friends, and co-workers can help you find a good charity that’s worthy of your money. For example, you may know someone who volunteers at a non-profit that helps teenage runaways. A non-profit organization like this could use your donations to help teens get back on the right track.

Giving USA stated they believe more Americans will give money to charities as time progresses. There are millions of people in need of help. Donating money to a reputable non-profit is a powerful way of helping them.

Why Philanthropic Businesses Should Focus on Social Purpose

For decades, many corporations have had just one singular focus – increasing value for the shareholders.

Early education has taught us the value of philanthropy, but it has also been enshrined into several laws that permit shareholders to hold executives responsible for attempting to increase profits at any cost. Such a policy has led to some great innovations in technology, making the supply chains faster and more efficient than previous years. It has, unfortunately, also led to some of the most damaging exploitation, abuse, and neglect of the workers, communities, and environment that support these corporate giants.

The larger, social issues that they are primed to address or possibly prevent have disappeared from the list of priorities for corporate executives in pursuit of this singular goal. The belief was that, in time, the “market” would fix most of the bugs in the system. Businesses would be forced to improve working conditions, create safer products, and preserve the environment, because failing to do so would affect the bottom line. After nearly five decades of such a policy, people and (most importantly) corporations are waking up to the fallacy of that world view.

Vast income inequality, social upheaval, and environmental disasters have forced businesses to rethink the idea of shareholder primacy. Calls for a shift away from a purely profit-driven corporate culture to one that takes the business’s responsibility to the communities they serve and the planet are growing. Even investors are shifting their focus, with more and more investors putting money into sustainable, responsible, impact-driven investments.

Curiously, it is the handful of brave companies that have bucked that convention that has reported greater growth and stability. By creating a corporate culture that aims to promote an economy that serves everybody instead of just the shareholders, companies have outperformed the market by 5-7% annually. They are proof that being a genuinely philanthropic entity is profitable and sustainable.

When corporations shift focus and begin to examine the impact they can have on the larger community they are primed to come alongside government and NGOs to address serious issues. They can become change agents that not only enrich their shareholders but the communities in which they exist and serve. Not only are the communities happier and healthier, but the employees are also more engaged in their work and find greater meaning.

Educational Nonprofits for Families and Teachers

There are many nonprofit organizations available to help supplement the educational system in the United States. Whether these organizations are geared towards teachers, students, parents, or all of the above, their support often bridges gaps that would otherwise linger between educators, schools, and families. Here are three great nonprofits that are making a real difference in today’s education system.

  1. The Association of American Educators

This organization’s mission is to provide support to the teacher of the country. They do this through programs such as teacher scholarships and grants, liability insurance, member discounts on supplies, tuition discounts, and more. They also advocate on behalf of educators for their rights and for improvements in their careers and classrooms.

This organization seeks to reduce or eliminate strikes and boycotts, which, in the end, negatively affects students more than anyone. They do this by attempting to provide the essentials that educators need (such as supplemental insurance, for example) that they may not be getting from their jobs. By keeping educators happy, peace and balance is maintained within the education system.

  1. Help 4 Kids

This is a small organization located in Florence, South Carolina whose mission is to make sure that underprivileged elementary school students don’t go hungry during weekends. In coordination with local schools and administrators, this organization provides a bag of food to these students in need on Fridays before they go home.

Help 4 Kids is fairly new, having been in operation since 2013. It was inspired by their other chapter Help 4 Kids in Horry County, South Carolina. As the organization continues to be successful, hopes are that the chain will continue to grow and open even more chapters throughout several other communities in the country.

  1. National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

This 120-year-old organization has accomplished thousands of amazing feats for children. Some of which include creating the National School Lunch Program, pushing for teacher pay raises, rounding up resources for financially-challenged schools so they can keep up with modern education, and so much more. In fact, there is almost nothing that this organization doesn’t do to help parents, teachers, and students. 

The PTA is comprised of over 4 million members. This includes teachers, parents, students, other family members of students, foster parents–basically anyone involved in students lives and education. Their mission statement is “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”

Teaching Children the Importance of Personal Finance

Victor Jung

Personal finance is one of the most important topics that children should learn about at a relatively young age. Giving children some teachings and practicals on the topic ensures that they grow with the right foundational knowledge. It also advances their strength in personal finance planning as they grow up.

According to the president of JumpStart Coalition, a children’s finance literacy group, parents should lead the way by starting conversations and incorporating finance lessons in everyday activities at home. Using a systematic approach when performing these lessons ensures that children can progressively grow their competency on the subject. Here are a few ideas on how to go about teaching your children the importance of personal finance.

Start with the importance of money

From the beginning, children should be taught how to identify and value money accordingly. Giving them a fundamental understanding and demonstration of financial value ensures that they can appreciate its importance whenever they see it. This can be done by showing them what exactly money can do for them and how it should be handled.

Spending vs. saving

Children also need to have sufficient knowledge on how to acquire money, how to save it, and how to spend it wisely. This can be perfectly demonstrated by asking your child to do a mild task and then ‘paying’ them a small salary. The essence of an allowance is to ensure that children understand that to get money, they have to do some work. It also reinforces the idea that money should be appreciated. Once they acquire money, you should then proceed to show them how to set a personal budget of prospected expenses, including setting aside some savings.

Setting a good example

There is perhaps no better way to teach children effectively than by serving as a good example. Using your life as a case study on how to handle money, how to budget, and how to save gives your children a reinforcement of ideas that are highly unlikely to be forgotten. Taking them on a trip to the grocery store, for example, demonstrates that they can set a clear budget to purchase only the necessary goods. From the change you get back after your trip, you can then teach them the value of setting aside some money for future use by tossing coins in a private piggy bank.

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