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My random goal for April was to give $300 to good causes and charities (at the brisk pace of $10 per day). I’ve been a bit busy, so haven’t really reflected on what went down. See below for a complete list of giving.

I gave away a total of $310. Success!

What I learned:

  • Giving money EVERY day is hard. I don’t have the stamina nor patience for it. I ended up skipping days and then trying to do a bunch all at once. Lesson: I am a procrastinator.
  • I don’t like doing the research…so I found myself using organizations and good causes that Stephanie recommended (she who did this activity for a year and is doing another version of it now). Only 16 of 27 organizations did I ‘discover’ for myself. Lesson: I am lazy.
  • I cheated a couple times – by giving more than $10 to an organization. Lesson: I bend rules.
  • I gave to four wildlfe conservation related organizations. Lesson: I like nature.
  • I followed a lot of new organizations via Twitter. Lesson: I have more to read now.
  • There are a lot of places to give to. Lesson: I should start my own charity on the perservation and betterment of weiner dogs. I’ll call it the Weiner Dog Dream Fund. 

List of Giving

Day 1: World Vision’s Child Education Fund ($10) – a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Twitter @WorldVisionUSA

Days 2-3: Semper Fi Fund ($25) – a non-profit organization that provides crucial medical and financial assistance to U.S. servicemen and women wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to their families. Note: I signed up for the 3rd Annual Semper Fi 5K race on June 30 in DC – minimum donation to register for the 5K was $25. Twitter @SemperFiFund

Day 4: charity: water ($10) – a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Twitter @charitywater

Day 5: Hagar International ($10)– an international Christian organisation dedicated to the protection, recovery and community integration of survivors of human rights abuse; particularly human trafficking, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. Twitter @HagarIntl

Day 6: The V Foundation for Cancer Research ($10) – The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. Twitter @TheVFoundation

Day 7: Autism Speaks ($10) – is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Twitter @autismspeaks

Day 8: United For D.C. ($10) – In honor of me attending the DC United vs. Seattle Sounders game…United For D.C. champions educational, health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater Washington, DC by engaging the resources and skills of D.C. United and our community.

Day 9: America SCORES Seattle ($10) – Once again in honor of me attending the DC United vs. Seattle Sounders game…America SCORES Seattle provides elementary school students from under-served communities with a five-day-a-week after school program combining literacy and athletics. Twitter @SCORESSeattle

Day 10: One World Education ($10)– to prepare youth to be culturally and globally literate citizens and to enhance student engagement and learning through a classroom curriculum built around student writing on culture and global issues. Twitter @OneWorldEdu

Day 11: In Search of Sanuk ($10) – is concerned with alleviating the ills of urban poverty in Bangkok. This is done by promoting individual action through volunteering initiatives and sharing quality information on organizations working to build stronger, healthier communities. Twitter @InSearchOfSanuk

Day 12: Miracle Feet ($10) – Approximately 1 million children in the world are living with untreated clubfoot. Another is born every three minutes. Without proper treatment, many of these children walk only with great difficulty. The impact of this birth defect imposes physical, social and financial burdens that can be devastating – yet are avoidable. The miraclefeet mission is to improve access to treatment of clubfoot for children in developing countries. Twitter @miraclefeet

Day 13: Joshua’s Heart Foundation ($10) – The plan to “Stomp out Hunger” in our local communities, as well as on a global level is the mandate of our mission team, and is essentially, quite simple. By engaging financial resources, both public and private, and providing community efforts, we can collectively confront hunger. Twitter @joshuasheart

Day 14: Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) ($10) – is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities. Twitter @aliteroflight

Day 15: Share Out Strengh’s No Kid Hungry Campaign ($10) – It’s not enough to make sure America’s children have enough to eat; we must make sure they are getting the nutrition they need to live healthy, active lives. That is why Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. Twitter @nokidhungry

Day 16: Habitat for Humanity International ($10) – a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. Twitter @Habitat_org

Day 17: First Response Team of America ($10) – When all hope seems lost, when confusion reigns, when the only thought on a survivor’s mind is, “What now?”—that’s the moment the First Response Team arrives, bringing new light to communities in their darkest hours. We fill the gap between the onset of a disaster and the arrival of traditional relief agencies, when too many communities must fend for themselves because the resources necessary for rescue and recovery—equipment, tools and personnel—are damaged, inaccessible or unavailable. Twitter @firstresponse

Day 18: The Wildlife Conservation Society ($10) – saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

Day 19: The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation ($10) – The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Washington Nationals Baseball Club are committed to community partnerships that improve the lives of children and families across the Washington Capital Region. A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Foundation’s three cornerstone programs focus on children’s education, health and recreation. Twitter @Nationals

Days 20-21: Little Lights Urban Ministries ($20) – I attended a breakfast fund-raiser this day. Little Lights is a non-profit Christian urban ministry organization dedicated to showing the love of Jesus Christ to the inner city community of Southeast Washington, DC, particularly the children. Twitter @LittleLightsDC

Day 22: Three Avocados ($10) – a non-profit organization that was founded in February of 2010 as a creative solution to ending the global water crisis, starting with Uganda. 100% of our net proceeds provide clean water in Uganda, with hopes to expand in the future. We aim to provide coffee lovers with a product that enables them to make a 100% socially responsible choice when purchasing coffee. Twitter @nonprofitcoffee

Day 23: UN Refugee Agency for the Mali Emergency ($10) – supports the UN Refugee Agency’s humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world. Twitter @UNRefugeeAgency

Day 24: World Wildlife Fund ($10) – in honor of Earth Day! For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Twitter @WWF

Day 25: World Vision Switzerland ByeBye Mosquito ($10 – two mosquito nets) – Every year, more than a million people die of malaria. Using mosquito nets in one of the most effective prevntative measures in the fight against malaria. Download the ByeBye Mosquito app, play the game and donate. Also, April 25 is World Malaria Day. Twitter @WorldVisionCH

Day 26: American Red Cross local chapter ($10) – where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. An average of more than 9 million people a year receive Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives. Twitter @RedCross

Day 27: The Nature Conservancy ($10) – is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Twitter @nature_org

Days 28-29: Washington Trails Association ($25) – Washington Trails Association’s mission is to preserve, enhance, and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state through collaboration, education, advocacy and volunteer trail maintenance. Twitter @WTA_hikers

Day 30: Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation ($10) – To find a cure for colon cancer by funding and facilitating cutting edge research programs across the nation. To improve the lives of patients diagnosed with colon cancer by funding and developing programs to support patients and their caregivers. To increase awareness of the life-saving importance of early screening for colon cancer by using innovative strategies.  Twitter @chris4cure

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I’ve finally read Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview. Holy cow, Batman, it seems like another summer of superheroes! What am I going to see? What I’m I going to skip? Today’s your lucky day, because we’re about to find out.

Looking over my summer movie list from last year (2011 Summer Movie Preview) I notice I only saw 9 of 14 ‘Yes’ movies. I saw a 5 of 8 of my ‘maybe’ movies. And 1 of 8 from the ‘no’ list. To be fair to ‘no’, I do have 3 more of those movies in my Netflix queue.

Let’s do this thing.

Yeah, kinda have to see it

  1. The Dark Knight Rises
  2. The Avengers
  3. Prometheus
  4. Total Recall
  5. The Campaign
  6. Brave
  7. Rock of Ages
  8. Snow White and the Huntsmen
  9. The Amazing Spider-Man (cash grab!)
  10. The Bourne Legacy (cash grab part II)

Sure, I might see it

  1. The Dictator
  2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Ted
  5. Neighborhood Watch
  6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Bruce Willis…)
  7. To Rome With Love
  8. Moonrise Kingdom

What? Forget about it! 

  1. The Expendables 2 (old guys shooting people)
  2. Men in Black 3 (yaaaawwwwn)
  3. Magic Mike (umm, no?)
  4. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  5. That’s My Boy (please no)
  6. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  7. The Oogiloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (woohoo!!)
  8. Sparkle (sorry, Whitney, not gonna happen)

It’s on like Donkey Kong!

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