Living Philanthropic – A Charitable Journey

by Mark Lovett on October 21, 2011

One of the 10 nominees for Volunteer of the Year at the 3rd Annual Classy Awards represented a different twist on the process of giving.  Instead of creating his own nonprofit, or just fundraising for one particular charity, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia decided to spend an entire year giving to charity, and do so by helping a different nonprofit each and every day.  From that unique idea, Living Philanthropic was born.

I’m just a regular joe. I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I don’t come from money. I don’t have a lot of money. Growing up, my family would scrape by, yet somehow us kids were always fed and clothed with a roof over our heads. So, I dedicate this journey to my mom for showing me that you can do so much even when you have very little.

In His Own Words

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia of Living Philanthropic

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia of Living Philanthropic

There are quite a few reasons why I’ve chosen to begin this project.  While I have been generous in the past, sometimes I get so caught up in the day to day that I neglect the important things in life. I was walking down the street a few weeks back, thinking to myself: how easy would it be to donate to charity everyday?  Apart from not having a ton of money to give, it is something that can be easily done with a little research and commitment.

I thought to myself, it’s not important how much you give, as long as you give on a regular basis.  So, I decided I am going to dedicate myself to giving every day for a year and documenting my journey, so that others may be able to follow and if they feel inspired, take on their own mission of giving.  I also believe that we as youth generations need to become the leaders of a new movement of philanthropy.  It is our responsibility to set the standards of giving for future generations.  Lead by example and become the change you wish to see in the world.

Complete List of Charities

Day 365 Misericordia
Day 364 Collaboraction
Day 363 Children’s Health Fund
Day 362 Illinois State University
Day 361 Deborah’s Place
Day 360 Global Links
Day 359 Vitamin Angels
Day 358 Hole in the Wall Gang
Day 357 Direct Relief Day
Day 356 Teach for America
Day 355 Project Linus
Day 354 Food for the Poor
Day 353 West Suburban Humane Society
Day 352 Acterra
Day 351 Homeless Emergency Project
Day 350 Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Day 349 Little Kids Rock
Day 348 United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Day 347 Teatro Vista
Day 346 Team for Kids / NYRR
Day 345 BUILD
Day 344 Books for Africa
Day 343 Environment Illinois
Day 342 Share Our Strength
Day 341 YMCA of Metro Chicago
Day 340 Dreams for Kids
Day 339 Girls, Inc
Day 338 88 Bikes
Day 337 Friends of the Chicago River
Day 336: Center for Justice
Day 335: Mercy for Animals
Day 334: Bully Project
Day 333: United Way
Day 332: American Red Cross
Day 331: Austin Children’s Shelter
Day 330: Caritas of Austin
Day 329: Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
Day 328: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Day 327: EdPowerment
Day 326: Hijas
Day 325: Pros Arts Studio
Day 324: Cambodian Wells (via Tipping Bucket)
Day 323: ShelterBox
Day 322: Refugee One (via DM219)
Day 321: Un Techo Para Mi Pais
Day 320: Kola Foundation
Day 319: Reader to Reader
Day 318: Clinica Verde
Day 317: Running for Andy
Day 316: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Day 315: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership
Day 314: Changing Worlds
Day 313: Singularity Institute
Day 312: Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project
Day 311: Friendship Circle
Day 310: Julien Collot Foundation
Day 309: Bhopal Medical Appea
Day 308: The Girl Effect
Day 307: Free Wheelchair Mission
Day 306: Harlem RBI
Day 305: ThinkCure!
Day 304: Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai
Day 303: The Pixie Project
Day 302: Advita Fund USA
Day 301: Top of the Rock Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 300: Noah’s Wish
Day 299: Habitat for Humanity
Day 298: Chicago Canine Rescue
Day 297: Gasland
Day 296: Young Survival Coalition
Day 295: Urban Ministries of Durham
Day 294: Project Angel Food
Day 293: Pine Street Inn
Day 292: Greenpeace
Day 291: The Tibet Fund
Day 290: Wine to Water
Day 289: Stiller Foundation
Day 288: Food on Foot
Day 287: Help-A-Pet
Day 286: PADS
Day 285: LIFT
Day 284: Citizen Schools
Day 283: Young Chicago Authors
Day 282: CeaseFire Illiniois
Day 281: United Cerebral Palsy
Day 280: Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding Center
Day 279: American Heart Assoc
Day 278: Back on My Feet
Day 277: Epilepsy Foundation
Day 276: Seedlings
Day 275: BC Cancer Foundation
Day 274: World Food Progam
Day 273: Spina Bifida Association
Day 272: America SCORES Chicago
Day 271: Humanitarian Service Project
Day 270: Growing Home
Day 269: The Glass Slipper Project
Day 268: Compass To Care
Day 267: Blue Star Mothers of America
Day 266: Northwest Family Services
Day 265: Inspiration Corporation
Day 264: NPH International
Day 263: Child Abuse Prevention Center
Day 262: The Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation
Day 261: Mothers Without Borders
Day 260: LIVESTRONG
Day 259: Linkz for Kidz
Day 258: The Anti-Cruelty Society
Day 257: My Friend’s Place
Day 256: BullsEye Dog Rescue
Day 255: Himalayan Cataract Project
Day 254: Friedman Place
Day 253: International Myeloma Foundation
Day 252: 4000 Miles of Hope Spin Marathon
Day 251: Achievement Centers For Children
Day 250: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Day 249: Only Make Believe
Day 248: Midwest Animal Rescue Services
Day 247: Jane Addams Hull House Association
Day 246: Open Hand
Day 245: 826LA & 826CHI
Day 244: National Lung Cancer Partnership
Day 243: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Day 242: Starlight Children’s Foundation
Day 241: Washington School (via DonorsChoose)
Day 240: Partners in Health
Day 239: Sarah’s Circle
Day 238: Aid for Aidan
Day 237: Project Angel Heart
Day 236: Autism Society of Illinois
Day 235: Lakeview Pantry
Day 234: The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women
Day 233: Arden Shore Child & Family Services
Day 232: Conservation International Foundation
Day 231: The Truth on Health
Day 230: Silverlake Music Conservatory
Day 229: Active Minds
Day 228: Fresh Prep / Urban Arts Partnership
Day 227: South African Education & Environment Project
Day 226: LA’s BEST
Day 225: Anixter Center
Day 224: The Samburu Project
Day 223: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Day 222: National Association for Down Syndrome
Day 221: The Cara Program
Day 220: Warm Blankets Orphan Care
Day 219: Beverly Farm
Day 218: A Just Harvest
Day 217: Franciscan Outreach Association
Day 216: Mental Health America of Illinois
Day 215: Lambs Farm
Day 214: City Year
Day 213: Cancer Schmancer Foundation (via F—- Cancer)
Day 212: Envision
Day 211: Human Services Council of NYC
Day 210: Keep On Keeping On
Day 209: Little City
Day 208: American Diabetes Association
Day 207: Children’s Aid Society
Day 206: Chicago Rarities Orchard Project
Day 205: amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research
Day 204: Mujeres Latinas En Accion
Day 203: Wounded Warriors Family Support
Day 202: The Trevor Project
Day 201: Hour Children
Day 200: Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Day 199: Harvesters: The Community Food Network
Day 198: Patient Advocate Foundation
Day 197: Scholarship America
Day 196: Architecture for Humanity
Day 195: United States Veterans Arts Program
Day 194: Living Lands and Waters
Day 193: Marklund Children’s Home
Day 192: Our Time Theatre
Day 191: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Day 190: Tibet Aid
Day 189: The Bergamot Institute
Day 188: Carter Kettner Fanclub
Day 187: Orphans of the Storm
Day 186: (RED)
Day 185: Little Baby Face Foundation
Day 184: LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens
Day 183: I Am Authenthic
Day 182: Tree House Humane Society
Day 181: Jane Goodall Institute
Day 180: The Actors Fund
Day 179: Tourette Syndrome Association
Day 178: charity: water
Day 177: Native Daughters of the Golden West
Day 176: Helen Keller International
Day 175: Native American Heritage Association
Day 174: Amnesty International
Day 173: Reach Out Chicago
Day 172: Foundation Escalera
Day 171: Oral Cancer Foundation
Day 170: WWF
Day 169: Easter Seals
Day 168: Climb Theatre
Day 167: Littlest Tumor Foundation
Day 166: Water.Org
Day 165: Chicago Cares
Day 164: Autism Speaks
Day 163: United Prosperity
Day 162: Soldiers’ Angels (in honor of DrumHike)
Day 161: B.R.I.D.G.E. Theatre Project
Day 160: First Slice
Day 159: Polaris Project
Day 158: Honor Flight Chicago
Day 157: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Day 156: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
Day 155: Somaly Mam Foundation
Day 154: Chrysalis
Day 153: VH1 Save the Music
Day 152: Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Day 151: Fisher House
Day 150: One NOLA COOP
Day 149: Mountain 2 Mountain
Day 148: Got Your Back
Day 147: The Art of Elysium
Day 146: Global Green USA
Day 145: Wish Upon a Wedding
Day 144: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Day 143: Clean Ocean Action
Day 142: Robin Hood Foundation
Day 141: Stand Up To Cancer
Day 140: Invisible Children
Day 139: Donors Choose
Day 138: City of Joy
Day 137: Flashes of Hope
Day 136: Surfrider Foundation
Day 135: Africa’s Children – Africa’s Future
Day 134: Standing Tall
Day 133: Lymphoma Research Foundation
Day 132: Malta House of Care
Day 131: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Day 130: Christopher House
Day 129: Project AWARE
Day 128: Warrior’s Wish Foundation
Day 127: Covenant House
Day 126: Demi & Ashton Foundation
Day 125: Big Sister’s House (via Tipping Bucket)
Day 124: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Day 123: Matthew Shepard Foundation
Day 122: Feel Your Boobies Foundation
Day 121: Open Books
Day 120: Children Uniting Nations
Day 119: National CASA
Day 118: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Day 117: Women’s Business Development Center
Day 116: Prevent Blindness America
Day 115: Environmental Justice Foundation
Day 114: Project H.O.M.E.
Day 113: Saint Rose Center
Day 112: Northern Illinois Food Bank
Day 111: War Child
Day 110: Keep A Child Alive
Day 109: The Lunchbox Fund
Day 108: Tutor Mentor Connection / Cabrini Connections
Day 107: Reading is Fundamental
Day 106: Fender Music Foundation
Day 105: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Day 104: Endometriosis Foundation of America
Day 103: No Barriers USA
Day 102: Bookwallah Organization
Day 101: Feed My Starving Children
Day 100: Farm Sanctuary
Day 99: Keep-A-Breast
Day 98: The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest
Day 97: Off The Street Club
Day 96: The VERA Project
Day 95: Operation Homefront
Day 94: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Day 93: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Day 92: Mierka Girten’s Mookie Jam Foundation
Day 91: Children’s Body-Image Foundation
Day 90: The Cradle
Day 89: World Hope International (via Tipping Bucket)
Day 88: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Day 87: Doctors Without Borders
Day 86: The Hunger Project
Day 85: International Rescue Committee
Day 84: Literacy Works Chicago
Day 83: Bernardin Cancer Center
Day 82: Give Haiti Hope : Haiti Outreach Project
Day 81: YouthBuild USA
Day 80: One Drop Foundation
Day 79: PAWS Chicago
Day 78: National Marrow Donor Program
Day 77: Emiliana Galarza Alvarado (via Kiva)
Day 76: Art Institute of Chicago
Day 75: Oxfam-America
Day 74: Mobile Baykeeper
Day 73: International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Day 72: Peace On Earth Film Festival
Day 71: The Latino Union of Chicago
Day 70: Autism Society of America
Day 69: Greater Chicago Food Depository
Day 68: Project H Design
Day 67: GLAAD
Day 66: Young Women’s Empowerment Project
Day 65: Working Bikes
Day 64: Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Day 63: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Day 62: Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
Day 61: Teen Living
Day 60: CaringBridge
Day 59: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Day 58: UNICEF
Day 57: Rally 4 Rolly
Day 56: Prostate Cancer Foundation
Day 55: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Day 54: AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Day 53: Child Find of America
Day 52: Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Day 51: THON
Day 50: The Childrens Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
Day 49: The Dinner Garden
Day 48: Greenaid-Seedbomb
Day 47: Save Our Gulf
Day 46: The Night Ministry
Day 45: Special Olympics
Day 44: Democracia Ahora
Day 43: Relay for Life / American Cancer Society
Day 42: Rainbows International
Day 41: GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
Day 40: DAV Charitable Service Trust
Day 39: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Day 38: To Write Love On Her Arms
Day 37: Gilda’s Club
Day 36: Chicago Public Radio
Day 35: March of Dimes
Day 34: Between Friends
Day 33: Association House of Chicago
Day 32: Mission 4 Marybeth
Day 31: Oceana North America
Day 30: Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind
Day 29: Laura Twirls Suicide Awareness Foundation
Day 28: The Conservation Fund
Day 27: Aspire of Illinois
Day 26: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Day 25: Howard Brown Health Center
Day 24: Neurofibromatosis, Inc (NF)
Day 23: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Day 22: Hands on Nashville
Day 21: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
Day 20: ASPCA
Day 19: Not For Sale
Day 18: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Day 17: Rainbow House
Day 16: NARSAD
Day 15: Texas EquuSearch
Day 14: Lupus Foundation of America
Day 13: Rock For Kids
Day 12: National Association of Free Clinics
Day 11: Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Day 10: Pro Mujer
Day 9: Natasha McShane & Stacy Jurich
Day 8: Heifer International
Day 7: Alzheimer’s Association
Day 6: Michelle’s College Fund
Day 5: National MS Society
Day 4: Malaria No More
Day 3: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Day 2: Harvest of Hope Foundation
Day 1: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.

I was quite impressed when I heard about the project, but nothing prepared me for the experience of actually seeing the list, and scrolling to the bottom.  Only at that point did I fully appreciated the scope of Carlo’s Living Philantropic project.

As Global Patriots our giving to others, within our own community, or around the world, improves the health and well-being of the entire planet!

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