is putting time and energy back into the community.

“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.”

Arabic Proverb

“Charity activities are the force which gives our life meaning.”

Mazhar El Shorbagi

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991); Writer, Cartoonist, Animator

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Anne Frank (1929-1945); diarist

“Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.”

Robert J. Collier (1876-1918); writer

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] (born 1942); boxer

“You are what you give; not what you are given.”

Sir David Tang (born 1954); Businessman

“It's not about what I can get, it's what I can give.”

Marie Forleo Entrepreneur, author

“Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself. ”

Walt Whitman (1819-1892); poet, humanist

“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.”

Arabic Proverb

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226); Catholic Saint, founder of Franciscans

“Giving is a universal opportunity. Regardless of your age, profession, religion, income bracket, and background, you have the capacity to create change.”

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Philanthropist

“To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.”

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947); American women's rights activist

“Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.”

Alan Alda (born 1936); actor, director, screenwriter

“As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.”

Ursula K. Le Guin (born 1929); author, poet, novelist

“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Marian Wright Edelman (born 1939); Activist, president and founder of Children's Defense Fund

“In giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.”

Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944); (1900-1944); aviator, writer

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

William James (1842-1910); psychologist, philosopher, author

“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.”

Barbara Bush (born 1925); Wife of the 41st President of the United States

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Your Comments

If we can help because we have that from birth we are helped by our parents and do something for those who can not make that time builds humans.
Anderson over 1 year ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Started a non for profit organization to aid youth with furthering their education. The alumni from Lake View High School are hosting their first benefit for the foundation and I am extremely excited! We are giving back to our youth one party at a time!
Marisa about 2 years ago from Chicago IL

Giving back is investing the time and energy to meet a need.
Bruce Willingham about 2 years ago from Warner Robins Ga

Just wanted to stop by and tell you guys, you have the absolute coolest ads on TV. My 16 year old stops, whatever he's doing,to watch them. If you knew my 16 yr old, that's saying a lot. Keep up the great work and God Bless.
Tracie Reed over 2 years ago from Dallas, TX

Love everything you are doing! Thanks . . . there are angels among us.
Sue Parks over 3 years ago from Flagstaff AZ

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