Giving Tuesday suggestions post Trump election

2016-gt-logo-wdate1Giving Tuesday is coming up next week and I’ve been trying to figure out which organization to donate to. For those of you who aren’t familiar with #GivingTuesday, (read more at the official site or on wikipedia) it’s an international day that marks the start of giving before the holiday season. Many companies who participate pledge to match what their employees donate up to a certain amount. My employer is pledging to match up to $1,000 in donation per employee and I am now seriously considering what to do next.

As an inspiration from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s last episode of 2016, I Continue reading

My Hair Donation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

pantene_beautiful_lengthsI’ve been growing my hair out for more than a year so that I can donate my hair. After looking into the different organizations that provide wigs to cancer patients, I decided to support Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pantene’s program partners with the American Cancer Society to provide free wigs to women who have cancer and lost their hair. Providing hair to these women helps them feel better about themselves and that in turn will help them get better since a person emotional health is as important as their physical health.

Things I’ve learned while researching are: Continue reading

In Support for Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath

Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath (credit: scubatechphilippines.com)

Donations are in great need after Typhoon Haiyan created such devastation in the Philippines. Please help the relief effort by donating to some charities.

Time World has a comprehensive list of active charities and their focus. After reviewing the efficiency ratings of the charities at charitynavigator.org I decided to skip American Red Cross and instead donated directly to the Philippine Red Cross [wiki] as suggested by the Time World article as well as Slate. I feel that the Philippine Red Cross will do what is best for their people and I’ll have less worry about where my money went. Continue reading