I do not fear failure so much as I fear succeeding at things that do not really matter.
~ Erwin Lutzer

On July 14, 2019, I will turn 40.
Statistically speaking, it may be the middle of my lifespan,
so I intend to celebrate with passion and purpose.

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That’s why I’m raising $40,000 to give away in my 40th year of life.

I believe that actions speak louder than words, and I’ve spent most of my life TALKING about giving generously, but not ACTING on it. I’ve let my financial status, family situations, life circumstances, and a host of doubts hold me back from doing something this big. And even though I’ve committed to spending this year working for causes I believe in, I am still SCARED OUT OF MY MIND!

So I can’t do this alone.

If you’ve also had a heart to give, but didn’t know where to start - join me! I’ve got 8 incredible organizations that I’m supporting this year, and I believe that one of them will inspire you. I’m gathering a community to help me invest in -

ARTISTS | PEACEMAKERS | FREEDOM FIGHTERS | WOMEN

Featured
non-profits
in november

Tandem

Women come to Tandem to receive support, education, and community as they raise their children against the odds. Join me in serving moms (and their kids) in crisis by giving to Tandem here.

Sandbox Theatre

A collaborative ensemble of artists across disciplines who create original, moving works to tell our stories. Join me in supporting the arts by giving to Sandbox here.

Print the Love

Giving away photographs to celebrate life. Join me in honoring the dignity of people across the world by giving to Print the Love here.

check out the full list of supported organizations below!

  Preemptive Love  unmakes violence by waging peace in war-torn areas. Their radical hospitality provides relief, creates jobs, and brings enemies to the table. $9,000 helps provide a well-equipped staff of social workers, specialists, teachers, and helpers for the  Kids Safe Spaces  in a camp for Syrian refugees.

Preemptive Love unmakes violence by waging peace in war-torn areas. Their radical hospitality provides relief, creates jobs, and brings enemies to the table. $9,000 helps provide a well-equipped staff of social workers, specialists, teachers, and helpers for the Kids Safe Spaces in a camp for Syrian refugees.

  Imani Collective  unleashes the greatness of Kenyan women through empowerment, opportunity, and community. $8,000 provides job training + materials to Kenyan artisans and sends 20 of their children to school for a year.   Click here to join or donate to my Imani team!

Imani Collective unleashes the greatness of Kenyan women through empowerment, opportunity, and community. $8,000 provides job training + materials to Kenyan artisans and sends 20 of their children to school for a year.
Click here to join or donate to my Imani team!

  Tandem  provides holistic care for in-crisis moms by removing barriers that prevent them from flourishing. I helped launch their  Education Program  and want to raise $8,000 to provide classroom materials and free childcare for these mamas.   Click here to give to Tandem (via FB).

Tandem provides holistic care for in-crisis moms by removing barriers that prevent them from flourishing. I helped launch their Education Program and want to raise $8,000 to provide classroom materials and free childcare for these mamas. Click here to give to Tandem (via FB).

  RestoreNYC  wants to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. $4,000 will pay one month’s rent + utilities for 2 survivors living in the Restore Safehome, plus ESL classes for 20 survivors, and 1 month of Metrocards for 10 survivors.   Click here to join or donate to my RestoreNYC team!

RestoreNYC wants to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. $4,000 will pay one month’s rent + utilities for 2 survivors living in the Restore Safehome, plus ESL classes for 20 survivors, and 1 month of Metrocards for 10 survivors. Click here to join or donate to my RestoreNYC team!

  Instar Lodge  is a beautiful space that inspires courage, creativity and community through the arts. I want to give $3,000 to support their  Open Community Nights , which gather local artists and neighbors for socially conscious conversations and communal creative activities.

Instar Lodge is a beautiful space that inspires courage, creativity and community through the arts. I want to give $3,000 to support their Open Community Nights, which gather local artists and neighbors for socially conscious conversations and communal creative activities.

  Print the Love  honors the dignity of each person through the gift of an instant photograph. $2,000 will provide cameras + film for Print the Love ambassadors to travel to 6 villages, gifting people in schools, orphanages, and hospitals with photographs that celebrate their milestones and special moments.   Give directly to Print the Love here  .

Print the Love honors the dignity of each person through the gift of an instant photograph. $2,000 will provide cameras + film for Print the Love ambassadors to travel to 6 villages, gifting people in schools, orphanages, and hospitals with photographs that celebrate their milestones and special moments. Give directly to Print the Love here.

  Sandbox Theatre  collaborates with artists to develop relevant, insightful performance works that challenge current events and imagine new worlds. As a company member for 4 years, I was inspired by Sandbox’s collaborative spirit to be a better partner, parent, and human.   Help me raise $2,000 by donating to Sandbox here.

Sandbox Theatre collaborates with artists to develop relevant, insightful performance works that challenge current events and imagine new worlds. As a company member for 4 years, I was inspired by Sandbox’s collaborative spirit to be a better partner, parent, and human. Help me raise $2,000 by donating to Sandbox here.

  Dressember  wants to create a world without slavery. In December, I will wear a dress every day to highlight the millions of women around the world who are enslaved and invite donations to end this evil. In 2017, I raised over $2,000; this year, I aim to raise $4,000.   Click here to join or donate to my Dressember team!

Dressember wants to create a world without slavery. In December, I will wear a dress every day to highlight the millions of women around the world who are enslaved and invite donations to end this evil. In 2017, I raised over $2,000; this year, I aim to raise $4,000. Click here to join or donate to my Dressember team!

Want to get involved?

  • YES! What’s the easiest way I can give?

    Give at any of the links I’ve listed above (those will take you directly to pages I’ve created to track my fundraisers). Or Donate now through InLieu. InLieu is a giving app that lets you give to a non-profit “in lieu” of giving me a birthday gift! When you click the link, you will be taken to InLieu’s homepage, where you can download the app. It should automatically direct you to my 40for40 Event that I’ve created, where you will see a list of these organizations and can choose which one to give to in my name. Unlike other giving apps, InLieu only takes $1 no matter how much you give! It will also help me track how much money I am raising.

  • YES! I want to throw you a birthday party!

    Hey, thanks. :-) If you get excited about hosting parties for people you love and want to combine that party with a purpose, then this option is for you! Consider choosing one of these organizations and planning a party theme around it. Ask guests to give a donation, then show up and have a good time celebrating the impact you are making. Contact me to chat more about this!
    Note the party can be anytime in my 40th year, and I would love to FaceTime or Skype to say thank you to your guests!

  • YES! I Want to join your fundraising team!

    In the spirit of community, I have created teams to help reach my fundraising goals for Imani Collective, RestoreNYC, and Dressember. By joining my team, you help break a BIG goal into smaller ones! Each team member commits to sharing our cause for one month in whatever ways we like.

    Click here to join or donate to my Imani team.
    Click here to join or donate to my Restore team.
    click here to join or donate to my dressember team.

  • YES! I want to be a matching donor!

    Fundraising always kicks into high gear when people know their contributions will be matched, so I am looking for a generous donor willing to match up to $5,000 or $10,000. Contact me to chat more about this!

  • Yes! I’ve got my own ideas!

    One of my favorite things is co-creating something new! If you are inspired by what I’m doing and have ideas of how to partner with me, please reach out and let’s have a conversation!

Check out
40for40 on YouTube

i’m sharing 40 life lessons, one each week,
as i count down to my 40th birthday.