Bryan Tate | Philanthropy

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Bryan Tate - 3 of the World’s Strangest Strategies

3 of the World’s Strangest Charities

I am a huge proponent of charitable efforts and philanthropic endeavors. Anybody who knows me can attest to this. And while being generous is absolutely an important societal factor, every now and then there comes a charity that has an interesting twist.

 

Just recently, famed saxophonist, Kenny G, serenaded the passengers of a Delta Airlines flight. While many were curious as to why they were experiencing such a random mid-flight concert, there was an honorable motive behind it: charity. Kenny had managed to raise $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. And while the charity itself is not out of the ordinary, the “fundraising event” was.

 

And this got me thinking, what strange charities are out there in the world?

 

ISPCA’s Dog-sledding

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals is Ireland’s foremost animal welfare charity. And, as most charities do, they held a fundraiser event in 2010. Unfortunately, the event was not exactly animal friendly. The ISPCA held a dog-sled race in order to raise money. While the motive behind the race was noble, the execution was not necessarily well-thought out. The huskies that would be used for the race would be forced to endure hours of freezing cold and exhaustive running, which is exactly the opposite of what the ISPCA stands for. Needless to say, the event received quite a bit of backlash.

 

Tall Clubs International

This organization, founded in 1938, is solely dedicated to helping “promote tall awareness among tall men and women, and within the community.” The charity holds multiple events such as social gatherings, hikes and dinners. And while this is somewhat strange enough, the club even offers a scholarship for being tall. The $1,000 scholarship requires that the student be in his or her first year of college, and be at least 5’10” (women) or 6’2” (men).

 

The Order of the Azure Rose

Many believe that chivalry in today’s society is dead. And this charity is doing something about it. Founded in 2002, the Order of the Azure Rose is an educational lesson in chivalry and etiquette in the form of renaissance-era reenactments. The organization’s official website claims that all of the proceeds collected at events are spent on bolstering their educational offerings, operational expenses and other charitable donations. A noble motive, but a strange one nonetheless.

Bryan Tate - Simple Ways to Volunteer

Simple Ways to Volunteer

We all have busy and hectic lives, which can make it incredibly difficult to find any free time to donate to charitable efforts. And while it may be hard to set aside time to give back to your community, it is not only important, it is also a remarkably rewarding experience. And if you aren’t necessarily sure of where to start, this list of quick and easy ways to give back to your community should help out.

 

Soup Kitchen

Probably one of the most stereotypical ways to give back to your community is by volunteering at a soup kitchen. And there’s a good reason for it, it’s a great experience. By volunteering at a soup kitchen, you can quickly connect to your community in a meaningful way. According to DOSomething.com, 49 million people struggle to provide food for their families. At a soup kitchen, you could personally assist those in your area gain one of humanity’s most basic necessities. You could even make deep, personal connections with individuals, and even make new friends. Simply spending an hour or two of your day could greatly improve someone else’s life. Don’t know where to find a soup kitchen in your area? This site will help locate one for you!

 

Senior Citizen Centers

Aging is inevitable. It is a well known fact that someday, we will all become senior citizens. And, depending on your circumstances, you would want to spend time with friends and family. Unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury. And for those senior citizens that are in retirement homes and have no friends or family to talk to, life can be quite difficult. That is why volunteering a few moments at a senior citizen center can be incredibly rewarding and simple. Senior citizens are, in essence, libraries of wisdom and knowledge. Listen to incredible stories and show seniors a fun time. Much like a soup kitchen, it’s a great way to meet new potential friends.

 

Animal Shelter

Human beings aren’t the only creatures on this planet; and we certainly aren’t the only ones who need love. So why not spend some time at a local animal shelter? Shelters provide a variety of animals to not only play with, but adopt as well, ranging anywhere from dogs to cats to birds—depending on your area. Most animals who enter a shelter, if not adopted, will be euthanized. If you could use a little company around your house, why not look into adopting an animal from a shelter and saving them from that fate? And even if you don’t adopt one, at least heading over and spending some time with a dog or two can truly make a difference in their lives.
By giving back to our individual communities and helping each other out, we continually move closer towards a peaceful planet. I cannot overstate how important philanthropy and all of its efforts are to this planet. Hopefully this short list can help convince you to get out there and make a difference.