Enlightened Philanthropy announces Philanthropy Camp in 2014!

December 18, 2013

Happy Holidays! I wish each of you a joyous holiday season. I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends and engage in giving that fills your heart with joy.

So much of our philanthropic giving is done at year-end. I hope during this busy season you’ll take some time to think about your giving. Think about what you value, what you’re passionate about, and how you want to make a difference in our world. Take time to research causes or organizations that are of interest to you. And take time to involve the whole family as well. Check out the tips in The Hip Family’s Guide to Happier Holidays that is this issue’s Resource Highlight. However you give, be sure it’s meaningful to you.

The rest of this issue has a little something for everyone. I’m pleased to announce two new offerings coming in 2014: Philanthropy Camp for Women and Philanthropy Camp for Teens! I’ve been dreaming of starting Philanthropy Camp for years and am excited to finally see it come to fruition.

I’m also excited about numerous new speaking opportunities in the coming months. Find out where you can hear me discussing philanthropy.

And for advisors, there’s an important new report out by U.S. Trust and The Philanthropic Initiative on the value of having the philanthropic conversation with your clients. I’d be happy to talk with you further about the findings and how it can apply to your business.

Wishing you all a prosperous 2014!

Deborah Goldstein



Philanthropy Camp!

I am absolutely thrilled to launch Philanthropy Camp in 2014!
First up, Philanthropy Camp for Women starts March 11, 2014 on the Monterey Peninsula. This 6-week course is for women who want to: give back, make a difference in their community, and engage their families in giving.


Are you overwhelmed by requests from nonprofits at the end of the year? Are you having difficulty deciding between worthy causes? Do you wonder if your gift will make a difference?

Do you wish you could engage your kids or grandkids in giving? Do you wish the whole family was more engaged in giving?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, than Philanthropy Camp for Women is for YOU! Make 2014 the year you put the joy back in your giving!

Click here to learn more about Philanthropy Camp for Women and register. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Philanthropy Camp Logo-Teens-Without StakeI’m also excited to offer Philanthropy Camp for Teens! If you’re interested in hosting or learning more about this one-week camp for teens to become engaged, philanthropic leaders, please contact me!


Enlightened Philanthropy to be Featured on Two Local Shows

I’m excited to be a guest on the local radio show, Simple Life, hosted by Cynthia Fernandes, co-owner of Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, this Saturday, December 21 from 4-5 pm. Tune in to KRXA 540 AM or listen online at radiomonterey.com. Cynthia features stories for the adventurous at heart. I’m looking forward to our conversation!

In January, I’ll be joining Gina Renee, licensed acupuncturist, holistic nutritionist, author, and radio and tv personality, on her local cable access show, Your Health, to discuss the health benefits of giving. The show airs Monday, January 6, 2014 from 4-5 pm on Amp Media or on local cable channel 24. It will rebroadcast on these same stations at 11 pm that evening and on February 3, 2013 at 4 pm and 11 pm.

Thanks for tuning in!

Latest Blog Post: Engaging Your Clients in the Philanthropic Conversation is Better for Business

I wasn’t surprised. I was familiar with the statistics. In preparing for a focus group a couple of years ago with trusted advisors, I’d done the research and learned about the frequency with which advisors discuss philanthropy with their clients. The latest survey from the U.S. Trust and The Philanthropic Initiative, released this fall, confirms there’s still a long way to go in terms of broaching the subject of philanthropy with clients. Read more…

Weaving a Web of Support

Registration is now open for Youth Philanthropy Connect’s 4th Annual Conference, July 24-26th, 2014, at the Grand Californian Hotel, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA! Register now at the Early Bird rate!

With sessions geared towards youth philanthropists ages 8-21 and the adults who guide them, attendees will learn about the ins and outs of effective philanthropy and youth philanthropy models as well as have time to connect with their peers and work collaboratively. Attendees can make the most of their conference experience with plenary keynotes, networking and team building opportunities, the YPC Giving Circle, workshop sessions, time in Disneyland, and more!

I had a great time at the 2013 conference and highly recommend attending! Read more about my experience…

Resource HighlightThe Hip Family’s Guide to Happier Holidays

My friend and colleague, Lisa Parker, has developed a handy little guide for families who are longing for a “more joyful holiday.” She shares some great tips on making memories, creating rituals and traditions, and giving back this season through service. She even includes fun giving ideas for young and old alike. Explore her guide and let me know how your family celebrates the spirit of the season.

One of my own favorite ideas is to take this opportunity when your family is together to share stories—old and new. I especially love hearing how grandparents or great grandparents celebrated the holidays. There was something simple and almost sacred about holiday traditions of the past. It’s a good reminder that we didn’t used to have all this stuff and we made do with what we had. It’s a good reminder of family traditions too. Maybe there’s one your family wants to bring back and incorporate into your celebrations.

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