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Each week in 2023 I send a gift to someone and talk about it here. Additionally, I make a small weekly gift to a nonprofit and talk about their mission.

52 Gifts with Bernadette Mack - The Podcast That Keeps on Giving Bernadette Mack

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Each week in 2023 I send a gift to someone and talk about it here. Additionally, I make a small weekly gift to a nonprofit and talk about their mission.

    It's not an S. On my world it means hope.

    It's not an S. On my world it means hope.

    Featured Gift:

    Superman Comic Mack Variant #1 - DC Comics Jan 2018

    Donation of the Week:

    Explore More Discovery Museum

     

    Title Note: A quote from The Man of Steel himself. 

    • 14 min
    If you were from where I'm from then you would know...

    If you were from where I'm from then you would know...

     

    Before I share this week’s gift and donation I have an update about a donation I made a few weeks ago to the Trilogy Maui Fire fund. You can listen to the entire message but I’ll share this part here.

    “At this time, a confirmed 32 members of our Trilogy crew and staff, nearly a third of our workforce, have lost their homes. As we continue our fundraising efforts, we remind you that each contribution will go directly to our staff who have been directly impacted.”

    This is a reminder to us all that the people of Maui still need our help.

    Gift of the Week

    When you find something unique it’s got to be shared! This week it’s a great children’s book. Though it’s for young kids, I enjoyed it too. The title: This is How We Do It, One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World by Matt Lamothe.

    This is how we do it . . . Do you remember that song? Now you won’t be able to get it out of your head.

    This book was perfect for my friend’s son who just turned 2. The author is also an illustrator and animator and it’s lovely. It’s a great book for parents to read to children. It’s also a great way for kids to learn that there are kids like them all over the world.

     

    Donation of the Week

    Give Directly was this week’s recipient. It was a campaign that was mentioned on the Jordan Harbinger show.

    Jordan and his company put up a match challenge to raise funds called “Lift 2 Villages”. The funds will be transferred directly to families with substantial needs. The families typically live on $2 a day and it’s expected that the funds will go towards basic needs, access to water, and resources to help them take care of their families.

    I love how they explain the concept of donating cash directly to people who need it. From the website: Despite the stereotypes, recipients of cash do not systematically waste or misuse it. We believe people living in poverty deserve the dignity to choose for themselves how best to improve their lives — cash enables that choice.

    I hope you’ll check out the campaign and donate if you’re able.

    Links

    Trilogy Maui Fire Fund

    Kākoʻo Maui Match Donation Fund, a campaign by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

    ‘Āina Momona Emergency Fundraiser for Maui Fires

    This week's gifts:

    This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

    Lift 2 Villages campaign through Give Directly

     

    Title Note: Lyrics from Montell Jordan's 1995 hit song "This Is How We Do It." Also, you might enjoy this bit of internet genius: This is Howie Dewitt

    Show Notes provided by Sound Advice Strategies

    If you’d like to support the show, you can send me your gift ideas or suggestions for nonprofit organizations that are doing great work where you are at 52Gifts@bernadettemack.com . You can also become an annual supporter or a nonprofit supporter by visiting my podcast page. 

    • 12 min
    I'm not crying. You're crying.

    I'm not crying. You're crying.

    If I were to change the tagline on this podcast from “the podcast that keeps on giving,” it would be “it’s NOT the thought that counts.” Let me explain. I was one of those people who always had good intentions but didn’t follow through. I’d see the perfect gift for someone but didn’t share it, so the thought ended up not really "counting" at all. Now that I am giving people the fun or unique gift that’s just right for them, both the recipient and I are benefitting from going beyond thinking about someone to taking action on it.

    Gift of the Week

    I sent a surprise gift to my cousin Danielle. She lives in New York, and we don’t get to each other very often. As usual, there’s a story behind this gift.

    Back in the day, our family camped together in Allegany State Park. It started with tents, then became cabins, and now my family regularly reserves a large group camp with a main building and a bunch of cabins for everyone who wants to go. There’s also a tradition called “chicken night” where everyone shows up, even those who don’t camp. I recall games and skits and songs and loads of fun.

    This year (as I was told) there were prize baskets at camp and my son (who was at the family camp for the first time) took all his tickets and entered them for the Buffalo Bills basket. It wasn’t meant to be. He didn’t win, but my cousin Danielle did. She claimed her basket and, on the way back to her seat, she turned and gave it to my son.

    That’s how I came to give her a Buffalo Bills branded toiletry bag from Vera Bradley. Surprise and thank you Dani for being so kind and generous and Go Bills!

     

    Donation of the Week

    This week’s donation went to Caring for Friends, a Philadelphia-based organization that shares food and friendship with homebound, homeless & hungry people in greater Philadelphia.

    I chose this organization because they are on my Bmail list (the one for my business supporting non-profits) and they are regular readers. I like to learn about my audience, so I pay attention to who is opening and reading my weekly messages.

    I like that, on their donation page, Caring for Friends tells me what my money can do. Translating dollars into impact makes a big difference. They also do some creative things like sharing grocery lists and freezer locations in case people want to share home cooked meals.

    The history of the organization is also impressive. One woman saw a need in her neighborhood and started Caring for Friends out of her home in 1974. Fifty years later, it has expanded to a network of 10,000 volunteers & 200 food pantries providing food and friendship in 5 counties.

    As the founder says, “no one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people.”

     

    Links

    Vera Bradley NFL Collection

    Caring For Friends

     Show Notes provided by Sound Advice Strategies

    • 16 min
    63 + 50

    63 + 50

     

    Making an impact is important. I work with non-profit organizations, and they are all about impact. Giving gifts and making donations is just one way to show appreciation and support the work that others are doing. I hope you can share a gift with someone in your life and donate to a cause that inspires you.

     

    Gift of the Week

    One of my non-profit clients, Rocktown History from episode 4, decided to bring awareness to planned giving. They realized this was an opportunity and set about establishing a program. I’m happy to share how we did this, and the steps involved - . please contact me if this is something you’d like to hear more about.

    This week’s gift went to Les, an expert on planned giving, who visited Rocktown History and shared, with the trustees, a lot of helpful insights and tips for a successful planned giving program. I found out that he had just retired, and he and his wife were getting ready to embark on a big trip to several National parks.

    As a thank you, I got Les a personalized National Parks scratch off poster from Uncommon Goods. I think it was the perfect way to thank him for his help and a great way for he and his wife to commemorate the stops on their trip.

    It’s so fun to pick up a little tidbit about a person, a small detail, and find a great gift that lets them know you paid attention to who they are and what they care about.

    Donation of the Week

    The relief efforts on Maui, Hawaii are what I donated to this week. Many people have lost everything they own, something I don’t think most of us can comprehend. Maui is also a special place for my husband and I and our family.

    Years ago, we visited with my in-laws when our son was a year old. When we arrived, the road to our hotel was closed due to a wildfire. This was 2006. My husband’s co-worker had recently moved to NY from Hawaii and had given him the name and address of a friend and suggested he look him up when we were there. With no other option, that evening we navigated our way and found ourselves on the doorstep of a stranger hoping he could help us.

    Fortunately for us, he was a thoughtful and kind person who welcomed us into his home for the night. The next morning, we woke up to find he lived at the top of a mountain with the most amazing views. That’s Maui for you. The people there really do embrace the ohana spirit.

    I donated to three organizations. The Trilogy fund was a no-brainer since we’d booked excursions with them and wanted to help them support their employees and others.

    A marketer I follow, Tarzan Kay, shared 2 other funds that her family member, who lives on Maui, recommended. I trust Tarzan and I knew that if she was asking on their behalf, I could be confident that my donation would go to the people who needed support.

    Reminder: small gifts do make a difference. You don’t have to write a big check. Donations of all sizes help.

     

    Links:

    Personalized National Parks Scratch Off Posterg

    Trilogy Maui Fire Fund

    Kākoʻo Maui Match Donation Fund, a campaign by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

    ‘Āina Momona Emergency Fundraiser for Maui Fires

     Show Notes provided by Sound Advice Strategies

     

    Title note: There are 63 national parks and Hawaii is the 50th state.

    If you’d like to support the show, you can send me your gift ideas or suggestions for nonprofit organizations that are doing great work where you are at 52Gifts@bernadettemack.com . You can also become an annual supporter or a nonprofit supporter by visiting my podcast page. 

    • 19 min
    Adventure Capital

    Adventure Capital

    I’m glad you are tuning in for this week’s gift and nonprofit donation. This is a do-over episode. I recorded it once and just didn’t like it so I’m taking another stab at it.

    I am focused on making this easy, but I also want the stories to be interesting for you the listener. Going for the happy medium between ease and good storytelling.

    Gift of the Week

    This week’s gift is related to a recent trip. I met up with my besties (we sometimes call ourselves the “core four”) and we’ve been intentional about staying in touch. We used to be in the same area, but now that I’m not in the NYC/CT area we can’t just grab dinner so I’m glad we had our 42 hours of fun in Harrisburg, PA.

    These are the people who’d be there for me anytime. I trust them implicitly and they know the real me and have grace for me when I’m not at my best. I hope you have people like this in your life.

    One of our four, Filomena Finelli, had a birthday, so I brought her a small gift. You may remember her from my only interview episode. The gift was a dish towel from BlueQ that says, “Sometimes Blessings Look a Lot Like B******t”. Perfect for Filomena. She’s a down to earth person who can stay positive in the face of challenges and also admit that life isn’t fair.

    BlueQ is an amazing place to get gifts for adults. They are fun, funny, and guaranteed to make the recipient laugh.

    Donation of the Week

    I decided to donate to an organization in Harrisburg that’s supporting local citizens. It’s a small city, and the capital of Pennsylvania. Like many cities they are dealing with homelessness so I donated to the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness.

    The organization consists of over 70 organizations, agencies, churches and other nonprofits, that mobilize resources to help the region’s families and friends who are homeless, or are dangerously close to becoming homeless.

    Their website shares that they have a proven track record of helping people get back on their feet. Homelessness is a complicated problem and solutions are varied and they recognized that it would take a community effort to solve the crisis.

    I love that they say they want homelessness to be rare, brief, and non-recurring. That’s a mission I can support.

    Finally, I share an insight about nonprofit websites. If your cause is important, then it demands good marketing so that you can communicate the mission and its impact. People need to know about who you are and what you do.

     

    Links:

    The fabulous BlueQ company. 

    Home 231

    Harrisburg Beach Club

    Sawyers

    Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness

     Show Notes provided by Sound Advice Strategies

    If you’d like to support the show, you can send me your gift ideas or suggestions for nonprofit organizations that are doing great work where you are at 52Gifts@bernadettemack.com . You can also become an annual supporter or a nonprofit supporter by visiting my podcast page. 

    Title Note: The core 4 had an adventure in Pennsylvania's capital city.

    • 28 min
    Get Lit

    Get Lit

    If you’ve been following along, then you know we have covered all sorts of gifts. Some were expensive, some were nearly free, many were food-related, and a few others were personalized.

    Donations have been just as varied and many of the organizations were new to me. I didn’t know about them and learning about the work they do, and the people they help has become one of the highlights of my week.

    If you’d like to support me, you can send me your gift ideas or suggestions for nonprofit organizations that are doing great work where you are. You can also become an annual supporter or a nonprofit supporter by visiting my podcast page. 

    DM me on Instagram or you can email me: 52gits@bernadettemack.com

    You can also share the show with someone you know. I try to keep it positive and share a bit of the good work going on in the world. Who couldn’t use more of that?

     

    Gift of the Week:

    This week’s gift is business-related. It’s a thank you gift for a job well done.

    Being a consultant means I get to work with people I know and like and enjoy working with. One of my clients, V.I.P. Tours of New York has been updating their messaging and it was time to decide if they wanted to update or re-create their website. The only person for the job was Jenny Belanger of Jenny B Designs.

    It went off without a hitch! The new site is fabulous, and it was done on schedule and with such ease for everyone involved.

    As a thank you I gave Jenny a gift card to a local bookstore near where she lives. I love supporting local bookstores. I purchased a card from bookshop.org so the local store will receive credit when Jenny makes her purchase.

    This is a great alternative that I didn’t know existed. It’s a perfect way to support locally owned stores.

    Donation of the Week:

    This week’s donations went to the Friends of the Waynesboro Library and the Friends of the Augusta County Library. In my area there are many libraries, so I donated to the two that I’ve used most.

    I’m glad to support both groups, but it took much too long to figure out how to make a donation. I am motivated and will look until I figure it out, but others may not. People visit the site for other reasons and may not even know they can donate. Nonprofits: Please make it easier for people to support you.

    Libraries do so much more for a community than just loan books. I hope that wherever you live, you have access to a great library and if you can, consider contributing.  

    Be sure to listen for the update to the week 11 episode. Thanks to Mal’s Palz for the t-shirt they sent.

     

     Bookshop.org 

    Jenny B Designs

    V.I.P. Tours of New York

    Friends of the Waynesboro Library

    Friends of the Augusta County Library

     

    Show Notes provided by Sound Advice Strategies

     

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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JennyB Designs ,

Such a fun concept!

I love listening to Bernadette’s show. What a unique idea and she shares such beautiful and fun stories. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Must listen!!!!

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