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Thursday, January 11, 2018

If I Was a Millionaire by Lynn Lovegreen

If I Was a Millionaire: That’s our theme this month. What a fun concept to ponder….

For my first reaction, I came up with the usual ideas—things or experiences I could buy for myself, family and friends. And if this really happened, I’d certainly do some of that. But I’m lucky enough to have what I need already. What I should do, what would be more meaningful, is to give at least some of that money to people and causes that really need it.

Here’s my list; you can compare it to your own list of favorite causes. I included the websites in case you want to learn more about any of them.

Nonprofits that work internationally:
The Carter Center
The Nature Conservancy
UNHCR: the UN Refugee Agency

U.S Nonprofits:
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
ALA (American Library Association) 
American Red Cross

Alaska Nonprofits:
Food Bank of Alaska
Great Land Trust

I could go on, but you get the idea. And if we do end up with a little extra money this year, let’s donate it to help the world become a better place. The future begins with each of us and the decisions we make every day. So let’s use that for good. That’ll make us feel like a million bucks! ;-)

Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for almost fifty years. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.


Diana McCollum said...

Hi, Lynn,
Nice post! I like your list of charities. All are worthy for sure and in need of donations. With me it's family first, the world second. I have grandkids who could use the money for college. 10 all together! Then what's left could be donated.
Happy New Year!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Diana. Those grandkids are lucky to have you. :-)

Judith Ashley said...

Lynn, I love this months topic because I see first hand the generosity of the Genre-istas. And I've new ideas for donations to add to my own list. Hadn't thought about a land trust before but I would give funds to help protect Oregon's public lands.

Another aspect of this topic that feeds into what you said about making the world a better place is that when we spend time engaged in positive thinking and action, we do emit a positive energy that other people pick up on. If they participate with us, the hit is stronger but just seeing someone who is happy perks others up.

Probably dating myself, but we called what we felt "vibes."

Keep endorphin flowing!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Yes, Judith. Thanks for the good vibes. :-)