Giving U®

I caught up with these school girls on their way to classes one morning. It was a bright sunny day in the Usambara Mts. in central Tanzania.
I caught up with these school girls on their way to classes one morning. It was a bright sunny day in the Usambara Mts. in central Tanzania.

Giving U is all about “smart philanthropy” – how to contribute to the charities and causes we care about and how to do it in a way that’s most effective.

One way to do this is by engaging with our communities on a  personal level by volunteering our time, sharing our knowledge, sharing ourselves!

And here’s how we can do it:

  • Donate My Dollars – You choose which worthy nonprofit organizations receive cash donations.
  • GoErinGo! Fund – $25,000 will be donated over the next 2 years. Check out who’s getting the cash.
  • Adventure Philanthropists & Hot Orgs – Meet these inspiring individuals and amazing organizations.
  • The Giving Guide – Offering the motivation and the mechanisms behind effective giving. We share ideas on how to make complex giving choices.

What are you waiting for? Join in the *fun* of philanthropy!


InsideView’s Women Who Lunch participants are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite nonprofit to receive a percentage of my profits from the books sold during the Nov. 18th lunch.

Voting remains open through end of business Wednesday, Nov. 26. Vote today!

Team Erin-Aura-Van

Last Saturday was the 30th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up Day—the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up our oceans and waterways.

648,015 volunteers in 92 countries picked up trash. Here’s the list of Top 10 countries:

Long Beach Clean Up

Readers always ask me how I find volunteer experiences. Easy – I stumble upon them!

Like in Long Beach, CA when I went out for a walk and came back with a new admiration for this community that is tackling their trash problem…

nola volunteers

Want to help build houses in NOLA? Just send me 1 paragraph on why you want to volunteer and you can win my spot!

Email your note to me at by 6:00 pm est April 9. Winner will be announced on April 10. Do it!

uganda-students 2014 giving

Below is an accounting of my 2014 charitable giving.

One lesson I learned this past year is that how we choose to give is truly as important as how much we give.

Here’s why…

PI Poverty

Water is one of the most pressing issues in the world today –that’s why I’ve chosen Drop in the Bucket as the beneficiary of my Project for Awesome!

Drop in the Bucket is a nonprofit organization that has built nearly 100 wells in East Africa. These wells provide clean, safe … read more!

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