Microphilanthropy and 5 Ways to Give

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”  ~Khalil Gibran

Imagine what could happen if every person on the planet sought out ways to extend generosity and kindness just for one day—if meanness and selfishness took a day off.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

How Communities Are Raising Awareness Through Running

Running. It’s a solitary activity. A sport for one. And yet, many running groups exist in communities around the globe. Some of these runners gather together just for the joy of being outdoors and for the chance to run together. Still others run for a cause.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Good Done Great Manages Your Giving and Volunteering

We're rapidly closing in on the holidays/end-of-year season when most charities depend most heavily on the giving nature of their supporters. Philanthropy spikes at the end of year because of the spirit of the season as well as a desire to get those tax write-offs for donations in under the calendar year deadline.

Good Done Great is an online platform, and now a mobile app as well, that helps you track and maximize your philanthropic giving and your volunteering efforts.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Charitable Batman | Superhero/Superstar Philanthropists

The news about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the 2016 release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly keeps the interwebs in a tizzy. The new Dark Knight seems to eclipse all other news, cuz, really, nothing else is really going on in the world, right?

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About The Author

Andrew Mersmann's picture

Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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07/12/2018
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”  ~Khalil Gibran Imagine what could happen if every person on the planet... read more
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11/30/2017
Running. It’s a solitary activity. A sport for one. And yet, many running groups exist in communities around the globe. Some of these runners gather together just for the joy of being outdoors and... read more
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12/22/2016
We're rapidly closing in on the holidays/end-of-year season when most charities depend most heavily on the giving nature of their supporters. Philanthropy spikes at the end of year because of the... read more
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09/16/2015
The news about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the 2016 release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly keeps the interwebs in a tizzy. The new Dark Knight seems to eclipse all... read more
gift boxes with tag says JUST FOR YOU
07/12/2018
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”  ~Khalil Gibran Imagine what could happen if every person on the planet... read more
Group of adults on a run through a tree-lined street
11/30/2017
Running. It’s a solitary activity. A sport for one. And yet, many running groups exist in communities around the globe. Some of these runners gather together just for the joy of being outdoors and... read more
Hand holding phone and clicking on an app button.
12/22/2016
We're rapidly closing in on the holidays/end-of-year season when most charities depend most heavily on the giving nature of their supporters. Philanthropy spikes at the end of year because of the... read more
batman logo on front of black car
09/16/2015
The news about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the 2016 release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly keeps the interwebs in a tizzy. The new Dark Knight seems to eclipse all... read more