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Impact Innovators: Creative Giving

Updated: Jun 10, 2022

Charitable giving is an ages old tradition that exemplifies the best of humanity. Through our willingness to help others, we not only contribute to society but grow our own compassion and fulfillment. Many of us donate to causes that matter to us, or volunteer for events in our communities. But there are many other ways to give, often in ways that are individual to each of us. The traits, skills, and interests that differentiate us can also create unique opportunities for us to share those things with others for the benefit of greater good. Here are a few Good Samaritans who exemplify the individual spirit of giving.

Woman's hand dabbing brush in watercolor paint
Photo by Fallon Michael

Artist with a Cause

Verity Carryer used her quarantine time to create t-shirts as a fundraiser for the National Health Service in England. She raised over £1,000 (approximately $1,300) which then went to a local hospital. This young designing woman doubled the impact of her art by doing what she loves and sharing the benefits of her skills for a greater cause.

4 baseballs on a rack
Photo by Savannah Rohleder

Great Balls of Charity

Ethan Meyers, an Eagle Scout in Massachusetts, turned his love of sports into a mission. He is collecting basketballs, softballs, baseballs, and just about any kind of ball you can play with and plans to donate them to Gifts to Give, a Massachusetts based nonprofit, who will then distribute them to kids. Way to go Ethan!

A Golden Retriever on a stone walkway
Photo by Berkay Gumustekin

A Home for Fido

A team of Nebraska high school students is building doghouses to help local nonprofit, Skipper’s Cupboard, who provides resources to struggling pet owners. The students learn useful carpentry skills while some lucky dogs get new homes! Could this be the start of Habitat for Canines?

A woman holds up 2 containers of blueberries and a peach
Photo by Rosalind Chang

The Fruits of Their Labor

In Tulare County, CA, people are donating the fruit and produce growing in their yards to help feed the hungry. Students from the organization Harvesting Hope pick the produce and donate it to local food banks. What started as a classroom project has now turned into a county-wide program. Now that is a great way to feed a village!

A little league player from behind, wearing a jersey with the name Austin and the number 99.
Photo by NeONBRAND

A League of His Own

Little league coach John Connolly was just awarded the United States Armed Forces Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. With his guidance, his team was able to adapt and continue playing and smiling under COVID. He demonstrates that coaches can have an outsized influence on young kids by being role models and teachers and creating an environment that fosters learning, not just of

sports but of life.

We hope these stories have inspired you to contribute in ways that are unique to you. How are you sharing your skills and interests to help others? We'd like to know! Do you have a story of creative giving? Reach out and share it with us at


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