GIVING BACK

WHEN YOU WORK WITH ME,

YOU ALSO SUPPORT GREAT CAUSES!

We all like having money, right? We like nice things. We like not having to struggle too much, to take a vacation here or there, to know our bills are paid for and our savings is intact.

But not everyone can do these things. 

In fact, there are many struggling around the world to even have their basic needs met: shelter, water, food, a compassionate friend.

Sometimes, the ones most in need of support are the ones doing the most good.

I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m sure you do, too.

 

That’s why a portion of all proceeds from my work with clients goes to the following nonprofit organizations doing great things in the world — for children and women, for animals, and for the planet. 

“The best exercise any of us will ever do is reaching out and lifting someone else up.”

Bill Phillips

Best-selling author and health entrepreneur

ATTENTION NONPROFITS

Are you in need of a website?

As my schedule permits, I am happy to create a basic website for nonprofits in need at no charge. Of course, you will have to cover the required hard expenses such as domain registration, hosting, photography, if applicable, etc. But, if you need design, layout, and some minimal content writing support, please contact me for further information and an application. Once approved, I will put you on my schedule.

TEEN CANCER

CHILDREN & WOMEN

ANIMAL ADVOCACY

ENVIRONMENTAL

LET’S PAY IT FORWARD, TOGETHER!

A portion of the proceeds from all my services will go toward the following organizations that I wholeheartedly believe in and support. You can either select where your portion goes, or I’ll choose on a rotational basis. Either way, we all win.

I believe in a compassionate world and am especially committed to those who’ve historically had no voice: children and women, animals, and our earth. While there are countless deserving organizations, below are the ones we’ll be supporting.

Just let me know where you’d like your donation to go when we work together.

How awesome is that?!

TEEN CANCER

Gram, I have cancer. When I first heard those words from my then 15-year-old granddaughter in 2014, my heart and life shattered in ways I never before imagined. We entered a new and confusing world of stage 4 thyroid and esophageal cancer. Her case was so rare, multiple doctors were left shaking their heads. Gratefully, she’s doing much better today.

But teen cancer has a unique set of issues, not to mention raging hormones.

Teen cancer patients fall into this abyss of not fitting in with pediatrics, yet many adult oncologists can’t relate effectively with them (unfortunately, my granddaughter experienced both).

What was hardest on her, though? The “best friends” who disappeared. The loneliness and isolation she felt.

Stupid Cancer is a wonderful organization that tries to match up teen cancer patients with others who have been down the frightening, bumpy, and often lonely road they find themselves traveling. Learn more >

Athena

Have a loved one or know a teen with cancer? Do them a favor. Don’t disappear because you don’t know what to say. It’s not contagious. And it’s not about you. Just show them you care. A great way is to send an empathy card from brilliant designer, Emily McDowell. [Note: not an affiliate; I just appreciate her beautiful work and much-needed authenticity!).

Maxine (aka “Maxie Doodle”) crossed the rainbow bridge in 2014. The grief we can feel from the loss of a beloved pet is indescribable — an often disenfranchised pain. But she will always hang out, probably with a tennis ball and not far from a lake, in a part of our hearts.

ANIMAL ADVOCACY

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies

It’s impossible not to melt at the sight of a golden retriever. It doesn’t matter if it’s a days old blind puppy, born from a mom rescued from a puppy mill, or a white-faced senior looking for a fraction of the unconditional love he/she can give.

Goldens are angels in fur.

The four-legged love of my life, Maxine, came from a very special rescue in Colorado. Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR, cleverly) is one of the most selfless, committed, passionate rescue organizations I’ve ever known.

They’ve operated almost entirely on volunteer efforts for many years and do it all. Learn more >

Farm Sanctuary

Anyone who knows me knows my stance on factory farming. It’s a horrible, barbaric practice with nothing “natural” about it. It’s just that we’ve been conditioned to accept it as normal.

While my personal beliefs are focused on plant-based nutrition and living compassionately for the benefit of all sentient beings, I’m not a zealot for everyone to be eating kale (hmm, there’s an idea!).

But just because you see a cool “sustainably raised” chalk font on a blackboard with a smiling cow at the grocery store doesn’t mean farm animals are treated humanely.

I’m really not evangelical, but I do believe in raising awareness. Friends don’t have to say “I’m sorry” if they order a burger when they’re out with me. We’re all always at different choice points as we journey through life.

But in the meantime, there is Farm Sanctuary.

With rescue centers on each U.S. coast, it’s an oasis for abused farm animals lucky enough to have found a home there. What I love about this organization, in addition to astounding rescues, is their focus on public education and political advocacy.  Learn more >

CHILDREN & WOMEN

Center for Disaser & Displacement Services (CDDS)

Based in Denver, Colorado, the Center for Disaster and Displacement Services (CDDS) is a global organization that helps refugees from disasters and victims of human trafficking.

Services CDDS provides includes:

  • Mass care: emergency supplies, food, and information for families of victims
  • Evacuation support: registering and tracking evacuees, reuniting families, and customized assistance for special needs populations and the elderly
  • Disaster relief: counseling, additional food/water assistance, and household item replacement
  • Human trafficking prevention: identifying vulnerable groups, education, and prevention
  • Special programs: Nepal earthquake relief, Women’s Homeless Initiative, and Motel Kids
  • Partnerships: universities, FEMA, and Project CURE

I’m also honored to serve as vice president of CDDS.

Learn more >

OUR EARTH

Earth Guardians

There are many environmental organizations I appreciate and believe in. I want to support them all. But Boulder-based Earth Guardians is one of the greatest examples I’ve seen of what’s right with the world.

Why? As a quasi baby-boomer (the tail end!), I feel a sense of shame for the state the planet is in now. It can feel overwhelming to constantly hear about all the things that are wrong — environmental degradation, geoengineering, fracking, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), looming economic collapse, to name a few.

While awareness is critical, I believe reframing our focus from handwringing and fear to visioning a better world and supporting change makers is what will tilt the current environmental crisis into a state of massive healing.

Many young people have already come up with pioneering solutions. The Earth Guardians are a “tribe of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and co-creating the future we know is possible.”

One of my favorite sayings for many years has been “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” They live it. Learn more >

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Well, this is an odd one, you say? I agree. I actually don’t even like to be “against” things, but “for” things. And I’m about as far from New Zealand as you can be and still be on the same planet.

The great irony is that a big chunk of my corporate career was in the mining industry. Years ago, my friends laughed when I first got a job with one of the largest mining companies in the world, being a Boulder tree hugger and all. Going through a divorce and in need of a less toxic job than the one I was in at the time, I was embarrassed to let friends know my new job consisted of PR at a mining company in a downtown mega-skyscraper.

Ah, the humor of the universe.

I eventually drank the Kool-Aid® but also discovered that, like any big multinational corporation, there were many wonderful people working there. Good people, trying to live a happy life, raising families, and putting in an honest day’s work. They weren’t all the evil, faceless 1%.

But two things happened (some might call them ‘spiritual experiences’ and that’s all I’ll say for now) that led me to know with every fiber of my soul that seabed mining would be one of the most epically disastrous things we could do out of all the disastrous things we’re doing to the planet now.

 So, yeah. I’m passionate about this one. Learn more >

WHY GIVING BACK MATTERS TO ME

I was the victim of abuse and domestic violence myself for many years. I hid behind a wall of shame. So my desire to be a voice for the voiceless is because I’ve been there.

My need to give back is fueled by my life experiences, knowing that neither healing nor success comes from being in a vacuum. Sometimes it comes from tough love, but it also comes from kindness, compassion, and caring when it’s most needed.