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  • Ilene Evans

    Jen - I agree that tangible causes and personal connections make a huge difference when giving! I also love that you spread out your contributions throughout the year. You've taught me so much and have led me to some worthy causes that I never would have otherwise known existed.

  • Alexa Haddock Bigwarfe

    Great article and advice. I took note of the "thank you" portion especially. That is something I need to stay on top of as we start receiving donations!

    • Jennifer Iacovelli

      I do have a nice letter from you and your husband in my file. I think good follow up is key to donor cultivation.

  • Christine Carter

    I love everything about this post!! Your mission is amazing... and I have tried to take your pledge and do the same, but I am not as good at the consistency as you are!!

    I have told so many people about the different organizations you share with your readers, and I often am so grateful you have introduced me to yet another great cause.

    You are a beautiful giver and observer in this world, Jen. I am always looking to you as a role model in this area...
    Thank you for honoring your purpose. Many are blessed by your efforts!!!

    • Jennifer Iacovelli

      Thank you for your kinds words, Chris. You know they always mean a lot to me! Being consistent takes time for sure. Maybe you can start every other month instead of monthly. Whatever you do, I know it will be from the heart, and that's what counts!

  • Tamara Like Camera

    (I love Lisa's name on here)
    Moving on, you are SO right. If my husband and I don't have conversations or pledges, nothing does happen. Stress happens. We need new tires, or the kids need new shoes, and all of our money is used for our family. And that's ok..but not what we want. Never has been.
    It's amazing what happens when we're deliberate - things become possible.

    • Jennifer Iacovelli

      Absolutely, Tamara. With the pledge, we realized that we did have the money to give, even with our busy lives and unexpected expenses. We even determined a minimum donation amount once we got into the swing of it. The pledge makes us think more strategically so that we can make a bigger impact.

  • sleepdeprived1

    I am so glad you wrote about this. I find I have not been nearly organized or deliberate enough about charitable giving. I tend to be a spur of the moment kind of donator--and while that's fine, it leaves a lot out. I *do* tend to think about it at the end of the year which is the *worst* financial time to try to do anything for our own wallet. I didn't even realize that was my pattern until I read this post. I am definitely taking your example as a template to improve the way I'm doing it! --Lisa

    • Jennifer Iacovelli

      That's great to hear, Lisa! Giving really does become a habit once you become more deliberate with it. Good luck!