Choose to Give

I love to serve and to give to important causes. If you are philanthropically minded and wish to donate time, money, or talents, you might consider benefiting one of these causes.

* Missionary Fund -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary/
Want to give a gift that "keeps on giving" for generations? Give to the Missionary Fund.

"There are more than 15,000 young men and women from international areas outside the United States who, at great personal sacrifice, are serving full-time missions in their own lands and in the U.S. Many of these missionaries come from homes where the total family income is less than $1,000 annually. Serving missions, therefore, puts a severe—if not impossible—strain on family finances. Along with family support, the Church expects their local wards and branches to pay what they can. If the family and local support is not sufficient, arrangements can be made for the General Missionary Fund to take care of the remaining expenses associated with missionary service." (Source: http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary/)


* Temple Building Fund or Temple Patrons Fund -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/temple/


* Brigham Young University-Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Center giving opportunities -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/byu-hawaii/giving-opportunities.html


* Spire Music -- http://www.spiremusic.org/index.php

"Spire Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded under the belief that music has an unparalleled ability to teach, uplift, edify and inspire. Today however, each year there are relatively few new sacred or inspiring compositions being written that effectively harness this unique ability.

"Our mission is to encourage such compositions by creating opportunities for their performance. Our hope is to discover gifted individuals: composers, vocalists, instrumentalists, arrangers, lyricists, etc., and to give them the opportunity to use their talents to write and give voice to new, superior music of a sacred or inspiring nature. We accomplish this by producing and releasing albums and sponsoring large-scale performances comprising the best work of those chosen to participate. To paraphrase Spencer W. Kimball, our mission is to 'strive for perfection—the best and greatest—and never [be] satisfied with mediocrity,' seeking out those '[who will] give life and feeling and true perspective to a subject so worthy'" (Source: http://www.spiremusic.org/about.php).

"Spire Music performances and the recordings that accompany them are very expensive to produce. With your support, we can continue to offer large-scale live productions and quality recordings. Please contribute whatever you can to help us accomplish our mission. Every little bit helps and your contribution is tax-deductible" (Source: http://www.spiremusic.org/contributions.php).
To donate to Spire Music and its projects, please click here.


* Brigham Young University-Idaho -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/byu-idaho/funds/giving-opportunities.html


* LDS Business College -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/lds-business-college/funds/


* Brigham Young University -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/byu/funds/


* Camp Many Stars --
"The Joy of Downs is an organization whose vision and purpose is to strengthen families and expand the horizons of persons with Down syndrome. Our overriding philosophy is that there is joy in having individuals with Downs in our lives and especially in our families....Camp Many Stars provides an accepting, safe, fun filled week of adventure and learning for the whole family. Camp’s recreation and educational activities enrich the lives of each family member and offer an unforgettable family vacation" (Source: Camp Many Stars website).
You can donate money or time/talents to Camp Many Stars. Learn more about Camp Many Stars at their website: http://www.thejoyofdowns.org/index.html

* Clean Water -- http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/funds/clean-water.html

"Working with local community leaders, Latter-day Saint Charities (Humanitarian Services) provides access to clean water with wells and other water systems where no such service is available.

"Volunteers from the village provide labor to install and maintain the wells to ensure their long-term operation. Local contractors are employed, and a local site supervisor is appointed to ensure the work is performed as agreed. Each village establishes a water committee to oversee the maintenance of the facilities.

"Involving the community helps local people feel an ownership of the project, an important cultural consideration in the long-term use and proper maintenance of the water supply" (Source: LDS Philanthropies website).
To donate monies to help provide clean water for some of the billion people who do not have sanitary water, please click here.