This is a very powerful episode about Hank’s father having lung cancer. We show you what big names we teamed up with to make this event a success. I hadn’t played golf in a couple months so I was a little shaky! I was getting frustrated because I could finally show off my golf skills but it wasn’t going very well. But as the day went on I found my rhythm and got better!  But at the 18th hole you get to really see the real reason of us being there. Being there was a lot more than a game of golf and it really inspired me.  We also got to introduce little Hank to golf so it was a great day for everyone. 

Do you like to watch award shows? I love it. I watched the Golden Globes on Sunday night, and plan to watch the Oscars on February 27th.

If you have a favorite cause you’d like to raise money for, why not host an Oscar night viewing party at your home. All of your friends can dress up in their Oscar best, have fun food and drinks, and make donations to your favorite nonprofit. even has an Oscar Party Kit on their website (which I assume they’ll update for the 2011 Awards) where you can check out recipes, buy a poster, and download Oscar ballots, bingo cards, and crossword puzzles.

Also, check with the nonprofit you’re supporting. They may have house party organizing resources, like the Host a House Party section of the Global Fund for Women’s website.  Another good house party resource is Morrie Warshawski’s book, The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause.

Have you ever hosted a fundraising house party? If so, what tips can you share?

Do you have a fantastic idea for a project that would make the world a better place, but just need some funding to make it happen? Or, have you always wanted to make a deeper commitment to volunteering in your community?

If that sounds like you, check out IKEA’s $100,000 Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest. To enter, you’ll need to write a short essay about how you would improve other people’s lives with $100,000 during your yearlong sabbatical, and provide an estimated budget for how you’ll spend the money.

The deadline to apply is November 8, 2010.

In addition to the $100,000, if you win, you’ll receive three days at a spa, and an in-person session with life coach, Martha Beck, as well as three follow-up phone sessions with her during your sabbatical.

Looking for inspiration? Here are a few articles about using your sabbatical to make a difference:

Although news stories about the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti are decreasing, it doesn’t mean that the organizations working there don’t still need your help – they do, and will continue to do so for a long time.

If you like to cook, or have friends who like to cook, why not throw a fundraising dinner party for your favorite nonprofit working in Haiti, and serve Haitian cuisine? You can either cook all of the food yourself, or ask everyone to bring a dish.
Provide information about your favorite nonprofit’s work in Haiti, and collect donations from your guests. Be sure to let them know it is a fundraising party in the invitation so that they will bring their checkbooks, or you can have a computer nearby so that they can make a donation online.

I’ve never had Haitian cuisine before, have you? According to Wikipedia, some of the traditional dishes are Griot (Fried boar/pork), Soup Joumou (Pumpkin soup), and Tassot et Banane Pesé or Tasso et Banane Pézé (Fried Beef and Plantains).

Below are links to some Haitian recipes I found online. Please share yours in the comments:

Sunday, February 7th, millions of people will gather with friends and family to watch the Colts and the Saints in the Super Bowl, but for young people participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring, the weekend will be about service, as well as football.

The Souper Bowl of Caring is:

“A national movement of congregations, schools, community organizations and compassionate individuals caring for others on Super Bowl weekend (February 7th, 2010). Souper Bowl of Caring equips and mobilizes youth to positively impact their communities by collecting money or food on, or near Super Bowl weekend. 100% of the collections are donated directly to the charity of each group’s choice.”

Young people are also encouraged to join the Service Blitz, and volunteer on the Saturday before the Super Bowl too.

To participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, you can either organize a project with your congregation, community group, or school, or find a project already happening near you on the Souper Bowl of Caring site.

You can join the Souper Bowl of Caring online community on: