My Experience with Giveback.org

I recently checked out a website Giveback.org and here is the gist of how this all works:

  • Sign up or do what I did and connect using your Facebook account.
  • Check out charities and causes dear to your heart.
  • Add money to your foundation by using a credit card, shopping various retailers that will give back to your foundation (up to 15% of each purchase), engage sponsors for Giveback.org and earn more money to give back.

The Concept

Giving to charities and causes in a way that makes it simply for even those who don’t have a lot of money. With over 400 retailers on Giveback.org you are able to shop for things you need while still being able to give back to your choice of charity or cause.

My Experience

American Cancer Society is the charity I picked.  I had a choice to follow my foundation and I did, but also to donate now or shop retailers to donate to this foundation. I decided to donate to the American Cancer Society. First funds must be added to your account and there is a $2.50 convenience charge to do this. Since I had a total of $25 to donate, I will be donating $22.50 to the American Cancer Society once the funds clear from PayPal to my bank account, because I have to use a credit card (not PayPal) to transfer funds to my Giveback.org account.

I think this was a very positive experience and based on this the only thing I would recommend for Giveback.org is to have a way for people to use PayPal funds as so many people I know may keep “extra” funds in PayPal so that they can donate to charities like this.

Taken from the About GiveBack Page

The Give Back Foundation  was established to allow any person to join GiveBack and set up their personal foundation account. The funds that accumulate in that account are part of the Give Back Foundation. Each member has the ability to direct the funds from their account to any charity in good standing with the United States Internal Revenue Service.

So what do you think? Have you heard of Giveback.org? If not take a moment and check it out, what foundation is important to you?

Disclosure: I was compensated for this blog post and provided funds to donate to my charity of choice. Experiences and personal opinions are that of my own.

Tiffany’s Story

I wanted to share this story with you because I read about it over on one of my fave blog sites and well this is very important information to share! This story and details are all taken from Tiffany’s own story website and are not something I have personally adjusted in anyway.

Tiffany was diagnosed in August 2009 with a rare form of cancer called Ocular Melanoma. This is a very rare type of cancer of the eye. Doctors told her at the time that due to the size of the tumor the best course of action was enucleation, or removal of the eye. Tiffany handled all of this with amazing grace and strength. She had a prosthetic eye made and adapted amazingly quickly. Her insurance would not cover the cost of the eye, as it was deemed to be “cosmetic”, and she had to pay out-of-pocket for this. However, scans revealed no signs of cancer anywhere else in her body and she was deemed to be “cancer free”, and was told she just needed follow-up CAT scans every 6 months for the first 3 years.

She had a beautiful baby boy Dylan in January 2011. During her pregnancy she was unable to have the CT scans completed. She had her most recent scan March 2011. It showed the cancer had returned to her liver and spleen. To make matters worse, she lost her health insurance the day after she learned of this diagnosis. Thankfully, Tiffany has been able to secure insurance from the “high risk pool” in Texas,  and her coverage will be effective as of May 1st. However, the premiums and deductible are extremely high. In addition, treatment options are very limited. We are in the process of trying to research the best options quickly. It appears very likely that she will have to travel out-of-state to receive at least some of her treatments. There is a doctor in Pennsylvania that has some potentially promising treatments. We are not sure at this time what all treatment is going to consist of, it is constantly evolving.

Tiffany is dealing with all of this with an amazing attitude of perseverance. She is a fighter. She has a loving husband and three children to care for. Please help Tiffany in her fight against this horrible disease.

How you can help:

  • Make a donation to Tiffany on this site.
  • Attend the fundraiser we are having for her on May 21st at DRV Diesel Performance, 14402 Mary Jane Lane, Tomball, TX

For more information you can visit the facebook site

I will let you know that this post is not asking for donations, this is simply a way to share this information with you, her story and hopes that you will pray for her, if you don’t pray, send positive thoughts to the family!

I am simply sharing this information, I was not paid to share this with you, I simply saw the story on a blog, asked Tiffany’s friend to contact me and then shared this information with you all from the website directly.

Mentoring Minds Contest

Mentoring Minds is a website that offers teaching strategies for teachers, I would think that home school parents would be able to benefit from these strategies as well. I have a child, my first born to be exact, that will succeed at all standardized testing because she is that “book smart” child like I was growing up, however, these testing ways are hard on other children and I do think that my first born son (middle child) may not do well with this type of testing.

I love teachers, but they must keep up with teacher education because life changes as much as teaching styles should be changing. Today’s child is totally different than the child I grew up being. Are you a home school parent? What do you do to keep up with the standards in education as they change?

I have a fantastic contest to share for the teacher you love:

Tell Mentoring Minds what makes your teacher special to potentially win them one of two (2) $250 gift certificates for teaching strategies and supplies from Mentoring Minds.

The Mom Prom: Ladies Night out for Charity

The Mom Prom was created in Canton, MI in 2006 at St. Thomas a’Becket Catholic Church. The main purpose behind Mom Prom was to allow woman, whether they are mothers or not come out for one night dressed in their old prom night dresses and have a great ladies’ night out while benefiting a charity.

Logo from MomProm.org
If you never went to prom or don’t have your prom dress anymore there is still a way to attend because some women do wear their old wedding dress, bridesmaids dress or similar. This Mom Prom has gone across country and each Mom Prom is set up to benefit a charity that is close to the heart of those running the event.

Mom Prom is a win-win situation because this event allows women to get out of the house, dress up and feel carefree. There is no need to worry about the kids, bills and work while at the Mom Prom. Simply dress up, have fun and help a charity at the same time!

To find out about a Mom Prom near you visit their Mom Prom Map which has locations all over the United States. If you are looking to attend the next Mom Prom closest to you please visit the 2011 Mom Prom Calendar page.

Connect with @momprom on Twitter.

Is there a Mom Prom close to you? Do you remember your very first Prom night? Do you still have your Prom dress?

Swagbucks Tornado Relief Fund Donation

Through May 31,2011 Swagbucks members may donate their Swagbucks to go into a Tornado Relief Fund Donation bin.  Swagbucks was able to donate over $20,000 to All Hands Volunteers for the Disaster relief in Japan. Now they are turning their efforts back to the U.S. The Southeastern U.S. was hit with over 250 tornadoes in the span of 24 hours. Swagbucks is currently collecting Swag Buck donations through the month of May that will translate into a donation for United Way of Western Alabama.

Join Swagbucks if not already a member and start searching, then use your Swagbucks earned to donate for a great cause!

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