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So ‘fess up. How many crazy little tchotchke’s have you picked up at a conference only to “forget” when you packed for home. Or opened up that package from a business partner or a vendor and wondered “O.k. What am I going to do with this?” Or struggled to find just the right mass personalized holiday gift to send out to all your clients?

Well, no more! Susan L. of our merry little band sends in the fantastic idea of using donations to Heifer (or the organization of your choice) as business gifts. What would the buzz be at your next conference, if you had somebody doing Heifer donations for every business card somebody did at your booth? Maybe a little tear away on the bottom of that new product glossy. You get their contact info for follow-up and they get a donation to Heifer in their name. Suh-weeet!

Next New Years rather than hoping your fresh fruit or box of chocolates or whatever cuts through the clutter on your clients’ desks, how about delivering a water buffalo?!? That should get everybody’s attention.

Thanks Susan. Great idea!

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One Response

  1. From David Reynolds
    ‘Very glad to see a mix of interests. I’ve had relationships with and work with a variety of non-profits, before and after Katrina. The internationals were disappointing, at least in light (darkness, really) of the sore circumstances in south LA and MS. (Heifer does look good though…) Regional institutions hereabouts are recovering, but their financial and work needs exceed what volunteers or personal donations can usually contribute.
    Two small locals that performed well for people on the ground then and now, and one small national that develops and deploys feasible methods to contend with degraded housing come to mind. I’ll commit to a day for each local and cash for the national.
    They are: (1) The Green Project, http://www.thegreenproject.org/ a New Orleans independent for 14 years (they act their age.) TGP is mainly supported by sales of used building matrerials gleaned from the area (such as deconstructed houses), garden and housewares, paints, hardware, art, and even theater props. High end stuff subsidizes sales of usable, not so precious items to people in need, and recycling. They host local music, art, green technology (PV, paint recovery, others), and get-togethers just to hang out greenly. Their output is great in proportion to their small budget.
    (2) The Good Samaritan Center, http://goodsamaritancenter.org/ of Jackson MS is about the same size as TGP, but with more thrust toward helping families, esp. with children, handle all aspects of threatening impovershment. Good Sam is several decades old, productinve, innovative, and personal.
    (3) The national is Alliance for Healthy Homes, http://www.allianceforhealthyhomes.org/. Their scope is wider than TGP or Good Sam., but they are still small and genuine, taking the approach that, to be of help to people contending with problematic housing that is no longer attractive to people better off, they are going to have to communicate directly and effectively, and teach in person. I helped out with a manual for flood recovery and avoiding damage in subsequent floods. Alliance for Healthy Homes, like the other two, produces much practical benefit without much money.
    Thanks for the idea, Byron!

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