Knowing Isn’t Enough

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough, we must do.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer
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Becoming Independent of Charity

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”
~ John D. Rockefeller, Sr.,
Business Magnate, Philanthropist,
Founder:
Standard Oil Company,
University of Chicago,
Rockefeller University,
General Education Board
& the
Rockefeller Foundation

Something for the Rest of the World

“I realize that I’m in the top one percent of the world.
I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve seen immense poverty in the world,
and I can’t live with everything I’ve had and be comfortable
with everything I have unless I do something for the rest of the world.”
~ Andie MacDowell,
Actress, Model & Philanthropist

I Do Give

“I do give money to panhandlers, but my husband and I [also] have several charities
where we are hands-on and have such a ways to go to reach our goals.
I prefer to give there.”
~ Pauletta Washington,
Artist, Actress, Philanthropist, Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award (2000),
BET Humanitarian Award (2005) & The Prince Rainier III Award (2010)

Making Something that Improves Lives

“… if you can make something that makes people’s life better,
then that’s something that’s really good.”
~ Mark Zuckerberg,
Computer Programmer, Internet Entrepreneur, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 List (2007),
Co-Founder – Facebook, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist

Unlocking the Gifts of Every Person

“The only way that we reach our full human potential is if
we’re able to unlock the gifts of every person around the world.”
~ Priscilla Chan,
Pediatrician, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist
~ Mark Zuckerberg,
Computer Programmer, Internet Entrepreneur, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 List (2007),
Co-Founder – Facebook, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist

As Fellow Members of Humanity

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this:
we will be there for one another
as fellow members of humanity,
in the finest sense of the word.”
~ Goran Persson,
Prime Minister of Sweden (1996-2006)

Christmas’ Spirit of Love

“My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love
which comes at Christmastime
fill our homes and our lives
and linger there long after the tree is down
and the lights are put away for another year.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

People Are More Kind & Open-Hearted

“Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving.
It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.”
~ Gisele Bündchen,
Model, Environmentalist, Philanthropist &
Executive Producer – Gisele & the Green Team

Christmas is A Tonic

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves.
It directs our thoughts to giving.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

The One Gift We’re All Capable of Receiving

“God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving.
If He gives us The Gift of Christmas,
it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.”
~ Pope Francis,
a.k.a. Jorge Mario Bergoglio
266th Pope of the Catholic Church

Giving Without a Thought of Getting

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.
It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.
It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

Energy for Thankfulness & Giving

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit
our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame (star)

He Gives Us Parables

“Jesus kinda fools around and gives you parables.
He doesn’t oftentimes say exactly what He means.
But, in Matthew 25, He’s very, very clear.
And He delineates what it takes to get into the Kingdom of Heaven
very, very clearly. And He says how you treat the least among us,
the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat Him.”
~ Juan Vargas,
Attorney, U.S. House of Representatives (2012–Present)
California State Senate (2010–2013),
California State Assembly (2000–2007)

The Common Things of Life

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.”
~ George Washington Carver,
Botanist and Inventor

We’ve Got to Do What Good We Can!

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“I always say to people when I have the chance to talk to them
about Orphan’s Promise: we can’t change them all,
but we can speak to the ones who cross our paths.
We can make a difference.
You can’t just sit down because you can’t fix the whole problem.
You gotta do what you can with what’s in front of you.”
~ Terry Meeuwsen,
Author, Singer, Co-Host – CBN 700 Club,
Miss America (1973) & Director – Orphan’s Promise

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Let’s Find Common Ground

“I like to see myself as a bridge builder,
that is me building bridges
between people, between races, between cultures, between politics,
trying to find common ground.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Do What We Can Do for Our Country

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

30% Off Top

“Pay yourself first: With every $1 that comes in the household,
take 30% off the top, 10% could go to your investment account,
10% to your savings and %10 to a charity.
Pay yourself for your future first.
Get into a habit of doing it with every single
Dollar, Pound, Peso, Euro, whatever it is.”
~ Kim Kiyosaki,
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker & Investor

When You Help Others

“It’s also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others.
I’ve been helped by acts of kindness from strangers.
That’s why we’re here, after all, to help others.”
~ Carol Burnett,
Actress, Comedienne, Singer & Writer,

A Mighty Foundation

“The purpose of God’s blessing is to enable you to be a great channel of blessing to others.
If you have nothing, there is nothing you can do for anyone else;
if you have a little, you can only help a little;
but if you have plenty, there is a whole lot you can do.
When you are blessed, you have a mighty foundation
from which to impact others. You are blessed to be a blessing.”
~ Brian Houston,
Executive Producer, TV Host, College President, Author & Pastor

Nearly Every Moment

“Nearly every moment of every day,
we have the opportunity to give something to someone else
– our time, our love, our resources.”
~ S. Truett Cathy,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Chick-fil-A, Founder – WinShape Foundation,
Foster Parent (30 years), Horatio Alger Award,
Omicron Delta Kappa Laurel Crowned Circle Award (2009),
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership (2008),
Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award,
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award,
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (2003)

The World Around You

“Help others and give something back.
I guarantee you will discover that while public service
improves the lives and the world around you,
its greatest reward is the enrichment
and new meaning it will bring your own life.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Eyes Opened: Injustice & Need

“I try to live my life every day in the present,
and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.”
~ Susan Sarandon,
Actress & Activist

Being a Black Being

“I love being black in America, and
especially being black in Hollywood.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

It’s Not ALL About Singing

“Being the Queen is not all about singing,
and being a diva is not all about singing.
It has much to do with your service to people.
And your social contributions to your community
and your civic contributions, as well.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Musician & Philanthropist

Loving, Laughing & Giving


“Another fresh, new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

Spirit: Love, Generosity & Goodness

“The Spirit of Christmas
is the Spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.
It illuminates the picture window of the soul,
and we look out upon the world’s busy life
and become more interested in people than in things.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

Time & Love Shared

“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love.
No strings attached. No expectations.
Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.”

~ Suze Orman,
Author, Financial Advisor,
Motivational Speaker & Television Host

It’s a Romantic Process

“Peace is very much like love. It is a romantic process — you have to be living it,
you have to invest in it, you have to trust it.
As you cannot impose love, so you cannot impose peace.”
~ Shimon Peres,
a.k.a Szymon Perski
President of Israel (2007-2014)
‘Israel’s First Social Media President’
Prime Minister of Israel (11.4.95 – 6.18.96) and (9.13.84 – 10.20.86)
Polyglot, Songwriter, Poet, Author
Founder, Peres Center for Peace (1996) a.k.a. Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (2016)
Co-Founder of Kibbutz Alumot, Legion of Honor Commander (1957)
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Making Differences

“Being a working mom, you want to make a difference in our schools,
which is making a difference in our children and
ultimately it’s making a difference in our community.”
~ Kimora Lee Simmons,
Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Perfumier, Author & Fashion Model

The Way CJ Said To

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

Thoughts Have Wings


“I hold it true that thoughts are things
Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings,
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results – or ill.”
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
Author & Poet

Our Sense of Nationhood

“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”
~ Jimmy Carter, Jr.
a.k.a James Earl Carter, Jr.
,
Naval Officer, Farmer, Politician, Author,
39th President of the United States (1.20.1977-1.20.1981) &
Nobel Peace Prize (2002)

Using the Money

“Use the money to do the research, to do the work, to help people.
I don’t give to be thanked. I give because I want to help.”
~ Isabel Sanford,
Stage, Film and Television Actress, Philanthropist,
Prime-time Emmy Award (1981)
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2004),
Prime-time Emmy Award nominee (7X),
Golden Globe Award nominee (5X)

A Wildfire of Kindness

“When you are kind to someone in trouble,
you hope they’ll remember
and be kind to someone else,
and it’ll become like a wildfire.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

Nobody Need Wait

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait
a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Annelies Marie ‘Anne’ Frank,
Diarist and Writer

A Kindness Destiny

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society.
It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.
Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”
~ Diana Frances Windsor,
Princess of Wales

Don’t Rob It, Bless It!

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it
with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped
resources locked away within you.”
~ Myles Munroe,
Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Founder of Myles Munroe International (MMI),
Author

This Country: A Better Place to Live

“There are those of us who have values … a morality and a kind of desire
to see this world, and this country in particular, be a better place to live.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

Better Life for All

“Through free enterprise, one can benefit people all over the world …
by contributing to a better way of life for all. Peace, love & happiness.”
~ John Paul DeJoria,
Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Paul Mitchell Hair Care & Philanthropist

Gifts We Can Give, All Year

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“Christmas gift suggestions:
to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service.
To all, charity. To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold,
Author

For That Chance

“If I can play a little part in the world’s healing,
and making it a better place than when I came,
then I just thank God for that chance.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Our Mortal Hands

“The world is very different now; for man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”
~John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

The Idea of Life

“The idea of life is to give and receive.”
~ Dizzy Gillespie
a.k.a John Birks Gillespie
,
Jazz Trumpeter, Bandleader, Composer & Singer.

Created to Endure & Flourish

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“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

An Idea, Problems or Wrongs!


“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)

More Than Anything Else

“Goodness is about character –
integrity, honesty, kindness,
generosity, moral courage, and the like.
More than anything else,
it is about how we treat other people.”
~ Dennis Prager,
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Columnist, Public Speaker,
Founder of Prager University, Author & Television Personality

The Motive Matters

“It’s always inspiring to me to meet people
who feel that they can make a difference in the world.
That’s their motive, that’s their passion…
I think that’s what makes your life meaningful,
that’s what fills your own heart and that’s what gives you purpose.”
~ Maria Shriver,
Journalist, Activist, Author,
First Lady of California (11.17.2003–1.3.2011),
Peabody Award recipient & Emmy Award recipient (2x)
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It’s a Cliche, So True!

“The more you give,
the more you get –
it’s a cliche, but it’s really true.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,

Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur
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The World Around

“I would be remiss when talking about beauty secrets
to not say that one of the best is
to care about the world around you. That’s what really matters.”
~ Christie Brinkley a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,,
Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur
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Philanthropy Is the Thing

“Philanthropy is the thing that I am really excited about,
and having success means I can do more.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10x),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

Spend Life Well

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“Life well-spent is long.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

Undoing Ourselves

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
We must purposely be kind and generous,
or we miss the best part of existence.
The heart which goes out of itself gets large and full.
This is the great secret of the inner life.
We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.”
~ Horace Mann,
Educator, College President & Politician

Golden Esteem

Sixty-five and greater are joyful ages to be.

“When I hit around 65, 66,
I started to feel tremendous worth
and incredible personal esteem.
I was becoming very cognisant of
my contribution to the American spirit of helping
your fellow man and all of the good stuff.”
~ Jerry Lewis a.k.a Joseph Levitch,
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Producer, Screenwriter and Film Director
Winner of several Lifetime Achievements Awards from:
The American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association,
& Venice Film Festival, Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x)
Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors
(highest Emmy Award, 2005)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(2009)

Judging Each Day

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap,
… by the seeds that you plant.”
~ Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson,
Novelist, Poet, Essayist & Travel Writer

Giving and Receiving Hands

” God has given us two hands,
one to receive with and the other to give with.
We are not cisterns made for hoarding;
we are channels made for sharing.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Cellular Connections, Anti-Lack

“There are four billion cell phones in use today.
Many of them are in the hands of
market vendors, rickshaw drivers, and others
who’ve, historically, lacked access to education and opportunity.
Information networks have become a great leveler,
and we should use them together to
help lift people out of poverty
and give them a freedom from want.”
~ Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton,
First Lady of the US (1993-2001),
US Senator (2001-2009) &
67th US Secretary of State (2009-2013)