Doing Good Together November 2009 Newsletter

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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... November 2009
in this issue
  • Quick Pick Holiday Ideas
  • Charitable Giving & Holiday Events
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • At the holidays, it can be a challenge to pick out gifts for the children on our list-often they already have all the toys, gadgets and games they can handle. If you'd like to consider some gifts that encourage the spirit of giving in your young recipients, here are some suggestions.

    And don't forget about our annual Twin Cities fundaiser on November 20, always a rousing time! Details appear below.

    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Quick Pick Holiday Ideas
    World Wildlife Fund

    Make a Difference...

  • Purchase a "charity check" (you decide the amount) for each child on your list. The child decides where to donate the money, and you receive the tax deduction! Have your children talk to you about why they chose a particular charity for their contribution.
  • Give books that teach kids how to reach out. A few examples:
    • The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin
    • A Kid's Guide to Giving by Freddi Zeiler
    • A Kid's Guide to Social Action by Barbara Lewis
    • A Teen's Guide to Global Action by Barbara Lewis
  • Got an animal lover? Consider sponsoring a wild animal in your child's name. The recipient will receive a stuffed toy and updates about their adopted creature.
  • Give a Kiva gift certificate on behalf of your child. The money goes to make a micro loan to a needy entrepreneur. When the loan is paid back, your child can lend the money to someone else. It's empowering for kids to see how their money is making a difference in real people's lives.
  • Buy the gift of time together. Plan a volunteer vacation so you and your children can have an adventure of a lifetime - and also make a positive difference for others. We recommend Global Citizens Network, which is particularly family-friendly.
  • Sit down as a family and peruse these special holiday catalogs, then give a gift to one of them in your child's name.
  • Charitable Giving & Holiday Events
    World Wildlife Fund

    Talk About It...

    The holidays are the perfect time to talk with your children about the value of service and charitable giving. Here are some pointers.

  • Take advantage of "teachable moments" that occur around the holidays - seeing Salvation Army bell ringers or Toys for Tots collection bins - to discuss the importance of doing for others.
  • Read books together that emphasize the true meaning of the holidays. Ask your librarian for ideas or visit the resource page on our website for excellent titles.
  • Take on at least one small volunteer project together, and make it an annual family tradition! This way, your children will begin to associate the holidays with reaching out to others.
  • Don't forget, introducing the idea of giving back during the holidays is great, but be sure the spirit of giving and community involvement extends throughout the year.

    Learn About It...

    To learn other ways to spark the spirit of giving in your child, read Carol Weisman's Raising Charitable Children. Using real stories, Weisman provides readers with easy, practical, fun ways to help their family become more focused on kindness, generosity and service to others.

    Carol Weisman's Raising Charitable Children


    "More than four in five adults (84 percent) would prefer to receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else rather than a traditional holiday gift such as clothing or electronics."

    World Vision

    News From DGT

    You're invited! If you would like to learn more about our organization while enjoying the company of others interested in raising compassionate children through family service, please join us for

    Friday, November 20, 2009 6:00-9:00 pm
    50 South Sixth Street 15th Floor Atrium (offices of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP) Minneapolis
    Convenient parking in the 50 South Sixth Street ramp for $5.
    This celebration is a fundraiser for Doing Good Together, however, no minimum donation will be requested.


  • Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and wine
  • Live auction
  • Big wall of wine raffle

  • For further information, including descriptions of the live auction items and raffle prizes, click here.
    If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 18, 2009, to

    Quick Links...

    phone: 612-822-6502

    5141 16th Avenue South | Minneapolis | MN | 55417

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