App Suggests Good Deeds Instead of Coffee

A new social app suggests micro-donations to worthy causes instead of something else you were considering, such as buying an expensive cup of coffee.  The app is called “Instead” and it’s designed to get your charitable juices flowing by putting small donations to worthy causes in context to other everyday small purchases that you do.  From the app description: “Instead of eating out, how about brown-bagging a lunch to work? Instead of seeing a movie, how about renting a film?”

Helping the Lighthouse Food Bank in Nova Scotia

Last Saturday, our Nova Scotia team got together at the Chester Price Chopper and held a  Fill the Beetle…Feed the People event.  Our team collected food and donations for the Lighthouse Food Bank, and our team was able to deliver the single largest donation the Lighthouse Food Bank has seen in 30+ years!  Thanks to the great people of Chester that helped make this happen!

$1 Protects the Rights of Immigrants and their Children

“Some children will come to the US, seeking to reunite themselves with their mother. The child comes and realizes the mother is in an abusive situation. The girls can become sexual abused. the girl doesn’t know anyone, doesn’t speak the language. Then they find they’re completely alone in this country.”

Today’s Philanthroper charity protects immigrant rights within the legal system.  They actually work with law enforcement and other agencies to help immigrants who are stuck in particularly hard situations.  Learn more about how you can help:

Did you hear about Regretsy?

Apparently a website called regretsy collected a lot of money in donations from their site visitors, with all the money going towards buying toys for children this season.  Unfortunately, Regretsy used PayPal to collect and payout the funds, and PayPal decided that their actions weren’t worthy of a charity status.  Not only did PayPal charge fees on all the monies collected, they then froze the funds and refused to return the fees!  WOW!  Read about it here: and here:

We’d love to hear your suggestions for a good online payment system that our team could use to collect donations for our charitable causes.