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Category: Philanthropy
December 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Give the gift of your time this holiday season

Foster healthier, more peacful homes and communities

‘Tis the season to make wise and loving choices about the gifts we give our children; choices that send a message about our hopes for them [“Lives changed: ‘We all have something to give,’ page one, Nov. 24].

We need to ask if our gifts encourage mental and emotional growth, while fostering healthier, more peaceful homes and communities.

There are many inexpensive books, puzzles, toys and games that encourage growth in these areas. But there is also a more precious gift, one that is affordable by everyone because it’s free: the gift of our time. Instead of purchasing a gift, why not present a certificate redeemable for time to read, hike, play or do a project together?


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December 1, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Jack MacDonald’s incredible gift

May we all follow his example of generosity

What a beautiful story, even more because of the generosity of this wonderfully shy man [“Frugal, shy man left ‘huge surprise,’” page one, Nov. 27].

He worked hard and dedicated his entire life’s work. He looked into the future to ensure that his work would help others, especially needy children who aren’t able to help themselves.

In this day and age, there are very few dedicated people who don’t seek fame or notoriety. These few people merely do their daily work and never seek recognition for what they have done.


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March 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Seattle nonprofit gives young Indian girls hope through gardening

Stories provide for self-reflection Ruma Chatterjee leads a group of girls in a discussion of legal literacy in rural village in West Bengal. (ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES) Thank you for the inspiring series “Seeds of hope,” [page one, March 17] and also for the articles about Mariska Hargitay [“Silent on rape no more,”…


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March 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Former QFC CEO plans bike event to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Co-sponsors are supportive Regarding Nicole Brodeur’s column “Stuart Sloan rides for life” [NW Arts&Life, March 10]: What began as a wonderful story about an amazing man and a truly worthwhile cause, suddenly angered me at the categorization of co-sponsors as “[Sloan’s] highfalutin’ co-sponsors …” The adjectives that come to my mind are generous, committed, supportive. I doubt…


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March 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Arts fundraiser, Poncho, will cease operations, establish legacy fund

Thanks to Poncho It is with sadness and deep gratitude that we note the loss of Seattle’s longtime friend Poncho [“Pioneering arts patron Poncho to fold into larger fund,” NWSunday, Feb. 24]. Organized exactly 50 years ago, Poncho’s philanthropic volunteers stepped up to help the Seattle Symphony erase debts incurred in its 1962 production of Verdi’s…


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June 7, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Fight against poverty

Invest in educational partnerships with developing nations The guest commentary on Monday by Jennifer Potter and Daniel J. Evans was both visionary and inspiring [“Fight against poverty must not be abandoned,” Opinion, June 1]. Their message is consistent with the new vision that President Obama is seeking to articulate and implement. On virtually every count, we…


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May 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gates Foundation criticism

Receive public funds? You’re accountable Michael Bisesi’s self-serving apology for the Gates Foundation really misses the point [“Criticism of Gates misses the point,” Opinion, guest commentary, May 13]. Every nonprofit, inclusive of the Gates Foundation, is tax-subsidized; that is, the public incurs the cost of the deductible tax that the and foundations enjoy. Their tax deduction is…


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April 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Global poverty and disease

We need to be well-informed I applaud The Times for recent coverage of efforts to address global poverty and disease [“China, Gates Foundation join forces to fight TB,” NW Wednesday, April 1; “Partnering to help world’s poor farmers,” NW Tuesday, March 31; “A world on the verge of water bankruptcy,” Opinion, March 29]. We need to be…


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March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Billionaire blasts into space

Come back to Earth, rocket man The Associated Press Hungarian-born U.S. software designer and space tourist Charles Simonyi, crew member of the 19th mission to the International Space Station, ISS, is seen prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday. Editor, The Times: There is something that bothers me about the Microsoft billionaire…


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