I had a chance to interview her to learn more.
What was the inspiration behind writing this book?
While working in the nonprofit world for the past 10 years in Maine, I noticed a disconnect between donors and nonprofits. Many donors didn't quite know the best way to give and nonprofits couldn't find the right supporters to fulfill their general needs for the organization. I explored the topic of philanthropy and what it means to give on my blog, another jennifer. After several years of featuring businesses and people who incorporate giving into everyday life, I identified 6 different giving models and started compiling resources and more stories. I knew all the wonderful inspiration I had needed to be in a book!
Why is this time of year a particularly appropriate time to look at this subject?
I think this time of year, being so close to the holiday season, is a great time to think about how we give in general. I realized a few years back that I needed to get out of the mindset of only thinking about giving at the end of the year. It makes sense to spread out our giving - no matter how we give - throughout the year to make a bigger impact. My hope is that the book will make giving top of mind every day and not just during a season.
What ways can people give (besides money)?
If people feel they're short on time or resources, how can they still be generous?