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

[caption id="attachment_1741" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Carlo Lorenzo Garcia of Living Philanthropic"]Carlo Lorenzo Garcia of Living Philanthropic[/caption] 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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