David is a graduate of UCLA’s Certificate Program in Fundraising, with a Concentration in Institutional Development, David invites all of you to take a moment to think about supporting a charity that has meaning in your life, the life of your family, or the life of a cherished friend.

Your support can be anything - from donating old clothing and toys to Goodwill Centers, dropping off a bag of groceries at your local Food Bank, or preparing and delivering Meals on Wheels to shut-ins - to volunteering your time at your local Church, Synagogue, Neighborhood School or Hospital.

And there are lots of ways to incorporate Philanthropy into your special events.

David is available to help you discover your passions and charities that will welcome your gifts with open arms and allow you to help yourselves and your guests feel like they’ve truly shared in a meaningful celebration, regardless of the occasion – from Weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to Film Premieres and Fundraising Events, philanthropy is more than sitting thru another rubber chicken dinner that someone twisted your arm into buying a seat for.

With over 5,500 major American and International charities to choose from, it helps to have someplace to start: charitynavigator.org is a great place to find out more about charities and help you figure out where your passion for giving back lives within you.

feeding america

Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. You can be confident knowing that 98 percent of your donation goes directly toward providing food to Americans struggling with hunger. Learn how you can donate funds and see what food insecurity looks like in your county, in your state and across the country. You may see a few things that surprise you ...

http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america.aspx

music for relief

Music for Relief is artists, music industry professionals and fans working together to create positive change, support disaster relief and reduce global warming.

Music for Relief has launched Download to Donate, a new collection of unreleased songs to raise funds for earthquake & tsunami relief in Japan. MFR has compiled a playlist of great tracks from leading artists Linkin Park, Angels & Airwaves, Enrique Iglesias, Sara Bareilles, Slash, Flyleaf, Counting Crows, Staind, Plain White T's, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and more which can be yours for a $10 donation.

You can access the music and learn about other MFR programs and partners at

http://japan.downloadtodonate.org

Toms Shoes Company

TOMS, founded in 2006, is driven by a single mission: To make life more comfortable. Toward that end, TOMS not only ensures that every pair of its namesake slip-ons are soft, breathable, and lightweight for an optimal fit—the company has also charged itself with the responsibility of providing for the comfort of children in impoverished regions worldwide. For every pair of TOMS shoes or eyewear purchased online or at retail, the company will provide a pair of new shoes or will help give sight to a person in need.

TOMS has revolutionized philanthropy with their One for One approach to giving back.

And check out their wedding collection too ...

www.toms.com/wedding-collection

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries assists at-risk, formerly gang-involved youth and the recently incarcerated to become contributing members of our community through a variety of services in response to their multiple needs. Homeboy’s programs include – counseling, education, tattoo removal, job training, and placement – enabling young men and women to redirect their lives and provide them with hope for their futures.

Homeboy Industries line of tortilla chips and salsa are now available at 256 participating Ralphs stores in Southern California. And check out freshly baked breads and desserts at the Homeboy Bakery and breakfasts, lunches and catering supplied by Homegirl Café & Catering.

http://www.homegirlcafe.org/

http://homeboy-industries.org/index.php/gifts-and-giving