The Giving List – 2013 Edition

I am just back from the most incredible and wonderful trip with my sister to Jamaica! More photos, stories, and adventures to follow shortly, but first things first and the annual giving list. This year I heard about an incredible idea that I wanted to be sure to share today (Tuesday December 3, 2013) as it is the second #Giving Tuesday. The idea for #Giving Tuesday is that “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back..” quote taken from #GivingTuesday website.




All-ways closest in my heart. I was raised in the shadow of these soup pots and surrounded by this community my entire life.

“Martin’s, as it is affectionately known, is a free restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays. Our mission is to serve in the spirit of compassion, understanding and love.”

Note: Quote taken from Martin de Porres Website. See link for more information.


The light for this incredible place still shines so brightly in my memory and in my conscience every day. One of the most remarkable and inspiring places I have experienced.

Set in Mondul 3, Siem Reap, one of the poorest slum areas in Cambodia. A broken community of army families, karoke/sex workers and displaced men women and children.

New Hope Cambodia’s mission is to restore hope, dignity, and promise to these once proud and prosperous people.”

Note: Quote taken from New Hope Cambodia Website. See link for more information.


Build A School In Burma is continuing to shine in my mind as the work expands and as I hope some day to make it there and participate with this group.

“Build A School in Burma’s mission is to build schools in underserved areas of Burma (Myanmar) to educate children and give them a chance for a better future. Build a School in Burma built [their] first school during 2011 in Nan Ouw village, Shan State and recently completed a second school in partnership with the Karen Women Action Group at Inn Ta Lu village.”

Note: Quote taken from Build A School In Burma Website. See link for more information.


I have been volunteering this past year with the local NYC chapter of  ny+acumen. After many of my travels I have struggled with the complications I have seen and have not been able to put them aside once home. I have wanted to do more and have seen how in so many places strict charity work was failing, Acumen Fund is a revolutionary idea that sees local problems being solved by local leaders and philanthropists. I have been introduced to so many other incredible organizations and people and have continued my global conversations through this opportunity and I am excited to continue working with them.

“Acumen: it’s the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical
world. Changing the way the world tackles poverty and
 building a world based on dignity.”

Note: Quote taken from Acumen Fund Website. See link for more information.


At times we can find no greater source of light than we see reflected to us in Art. Art compels, it transcends, it challenges, and elevates us. For artists there is no greater source of light, inspiration, or support than from Ars Nova. Ars Nova is dedicated to developing creative souls and is giving a home to some of the most extraordinary new generation of artists and their work.

“Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional career.  Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work.  By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.”

Note: Quote taken from Ars Nova Website. See link for more information.


Taking the idea “think global act local” to heart I have also been volunteering this year in my own backyard and neighborhood working at the soup kitchen CHIPS.

“Founded in1971, CHiPS serves hot, nutritious meals to our guests in a caring and respectful environment. We also house homeless young mothers and their infants.”

Note: Quote taken from CHIPS Website. See link for more information.


One of the organizations I was introduced to this year and the first thing I thought of was my mother and that I will from now on always donate here on mother’s day in her honor.

Kangu Mamas have access to safe birth services from trained professionals in clean, well-lit settings. These services, offered before, during and after delivery, have been proven to save women’s and babies lives.”

Note: Quote taken from Kangu Website. See link for more information.


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