Dishing about deserving recipients for Giving Tuesday!


Giving Tuesday was yesterday however I think that we all agree that if we are able to do so, giving every day is a beautiful thing…a kind word, a financial contribution, emotional support….

If you need suggestions for deserving recipients of your hard-earned funds, please take a look at my list. Each recipient holds a special place in my heart because I know the Founders of the organizations or the recipients of the funds (or both). Each recipient is legitimate and each organization is a 501c3.

1. MAYA MACEY FOUNDATION – funds provide college scholarships to outstanding students who have overcome adversity in their young lives.

2. BRADY’S SMILE – funds help children (and their families), who are in the ICU at children’s hospitals.

3. Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”) funds the treatment and cure of SMA, which is the number one genetic killer of infants.

4. SING FOR BLAIR – all funds go to the Sanfilippo Research Foundation (via Susan & Roger Chapin in memory of their beautiful daughter Blair) to find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome.

5. BORN JUST RIGHT – the mission of this organization founded by Jen Lee Reeves is focused on building creative solutions that help kids with differences live a more enjoyable life.

6. DIRECTLY & PERSONALLY help my lifelong friend, Niki Goodman Ricker who has stage IV Colorectal Cancer and is currently in the hospital. Funds will go to Niki’s medical care and well-being via a GoFundMe campaign.


Philanthropic Friday


The Maya Macey Foundation

I am very lucky because I have friends who have dedicated their lives to helping others.  Knowing ordinary people who do extraordinary things makes it an absolute pleasure to spread the news of their endeavors (particularly when they do not know that you are doing it in a blog post).

I have a very special friend named Shari who together with her husband, David created an amazing organization that touches the lives of young people in honor and memory of their daughter, Maya.

I would like to introduce you to The Maya Macey Foundation, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides educational scholarships to deserving young students who have overcome adversity in their personal lives and need assistance pursuing their dreams in spite of the obstacles they have faced.

If you feel like being inspired (you KNOW that you do), please go to the website and click on “Scholarship Program” under which you will find “Success Stories” that you can read to learn about the tenacity and strength of the past scholarship recipients (over 50 thus far to students in South Florida).

It is a beautiful thing to know that there is a living legacy to Maya devoted to helping young people further their education through financial contributions and mentoring.  You can help this family run organization year round and if you are in South Florida in the spring, consider attending the Annual Maya Macey Foundation Barbecue Fundraiser, which is awesome!

I invite you to peruse the website and get to know this organization that was built on love.   This is the BEST kind of information to dish, isn’t it?



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