It was my maternal grandparents who most strongly influenced my call to give time, gifts, and financial resources to our church and other non-profit organizations. As a family, we aim to give 10% of our income. Here’s a sample of the charitable causes we currently support:

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church & School

Pledging — that is, “a statement of intent” [1] to give a certain amount of time, energy, and money to my parish community each year, means that St. Luke’s can carefully develop a financial plan each year based on expected income and the needs of the community. [1]


The Southern Poverty Law Center

“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.” (From the SPLC website)


The Vegetarian Resource Group

“The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and veganism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints.” (From the VRG website)



Kiva crowdfunds loans, unlocking “capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva’s work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.” (From the Kiva website)


WRKF | 89.3 Baton Rouge

WRKF is Baton Rouge’s local NPR station.  A source of “independent news, vibrant music, and innovative content and streaming,” WRKF “informs and entertains its audience through local, national, and international news” with local “cultural programming” 24 hours a day. (From the WRKF website)

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