Wouldn’t you like to start your own charity, one that would be totally efficient, effective and dedicated to the cause that concerns you most? Well, a pair of psychologists in White Plains, N.Y. did just that. They are Jane and David Eger, a middle-age married couple. And along the way, they came up with some lessons that might be valuable to others who wish to launch charities too. The story begins five years ago when David Eger was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological disorder that often leads to trembling, stiffened joints, stumbling gait and slowness of movement, among other problems. Almost immediately, he resolved to do something special to fight the disease, which afflicts about one million Americans and five million others the world over. After much contemplation, the Egers, who are music lovers, decided to stage a concert in 2003 that would draw upon their wide circle of friends and colleagues, and raise funds for the crusade against Parkinson’s. But they went about it in a very thoughtful way.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, either. There are plenty of ways for you to get creative with charities that can potentially yield some great results. If you are currently unable to start your own charity, then you can still help out some existing causes. There are several organizations that will accept a boat for charity. If you enjoy boating, then this certainly applies to you. You can help out plenty of charities by donating your old boat every time you purchase a new one. This essentially kills two birds with one stone and allows you to free up space while assisting one of many great charitable causes.
Even if you do not own a boat of your own, you can still do your part by recommending this method of donation to any boat-owners you know. Be sure to emphasize the fact that a boat donation can be used as a tax write-off as well, which may end up making the donor just as much, if not more money than selling their boat via conventional means. It is, by all means, an option worth investigating. You might end up simultaneously making some money and helping out a worthy cause.
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