From the Desk of Our Executive Director

Mother’s Day brings to mind the many challenges that women face raising children in extreme poverty. I think about watching your child die of an illness that would be easily treated in the U.S., where I live (although even here, not everyone is guaranteed excellent medical care).  A month ago I became a grandparent for the first time. My granddaughter Rosalee was born in our home next to my son’s farm, but she and her mother, ...
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In the next few days, you will be receiving our 2018 Annual Report that discusses the year past and provides a glimpse into plans for 2019. I hope you will review the report carefully. Please feel free to email me directly at [email protected] with any questions you may have. This month, perhaps you would consider a donation to one of our recommended nonprofits to celebrate one of these important days: World Health Day (Apr...
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International Women’s Day on March 8th is something I think we should recognize in a meaningful way. Frequently, women are forced to bear more than their share of the burden of living in extreme poverty. This article is an excellent summary of the hardships that women living in poverty face, the relative disadvantage of women versus men, and the economic costs of institutionalized and cultural discrimination against women. In a vari...
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Since we didn’t send out a newsletter in January, I want to take this opportunity to say that I hope 2019 is a year of happiness, health and of reaching for your personal best in sharing some of your disposable resources with our fellow human beings who live in extreme poverty around the world. As you know, our mission at The Life You Can Save is to assist you in actualizing your intentions to do good in the world by providing informatio...
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Since we didn’t send out a newsletter in January, I want to take this opportunity to say that I hope 2019 is a year of happiness, health and of reaching for your personal best in sharing some of your disposable resources with our fellow human beings who live in extreme poverty around the world. As you know, our mission at The Life You Can Save is to assist you in actualizing your intentions to do good in the world by providing informatio...
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Nobel Peace Prize and More Ways to Give
We are excited to share the news that Fistula Foundation partner Dr. Denis Mukwege has been announced as a 2018 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. You can read more about Dr. Mukwege’s wonderful work in our Charity Voices section (full article here) and you can convey best wishes to Dr. Mukwege on Fistula Foundation’s virtual congratulations card for him here. In our ongoing efforts to support the great work of Fistula Foundat...
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Planning Your Giving Season Personal Best
Increasing people’s concern about the impact and cost-effectiveness of their donations is an important goal of The Life You Can Save. Our recommended nonprofits provide a mechanism for translating that concern into effective action. This interesting article by Christine Emba that appeared in The Washington Post highlights issues related to the effectiveness of the U.S. foreign aid program, which is nearly $40 billion annually. While the ...
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How you can spread the culture of effective giving
With “Giving Season” just around the corner, it is an ideal time to to think about the ways in which we help people other than our families and close circle of friends. There are multiple ways to measure our performance. One we have favored at The Life You Can Save is the concept of personal best in which we look back at our giving behavior from the previous year and set goals to give more effectively and give more in the upcoming yea...
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Free Giving Guide, India Opportunities and Good Giving Research
I am writing this from India on the final day of my 10 day whirlwind trip to Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. I believe I have learned more in the last 10 days than I have learned in any comparable period of my life. The growing philanthropic movement in India is as exciting as the problems are daunting. Surprisingly (to me at least) everyone we have met with—over 18 organizations and individuals—believes there is real value in &ldquo...
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India Opportunities, Planned Giving, and More
I am soon heading to India to meet with foundations, educational institutions, and philanthropists to investigate how The Life You Can Save may be able to promote effective giving in the growing philanthropy movement there. Many excellent local players already exist in this arena, but TLYCS may be able to play an important partnering role. Our vision is to work with organizations, retail and corporate groups, and individuals to identify and promo...
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