SOURCE: Beyond Words Publishing

Beyond Words Publishing

February 02, 2010 15:55 ET

Haiti Needs Help Now, and in the Future: Activist Kathy LeMay Reveals New Approach to Long-Term Giving in New Book, "The Generosity Plan"

NORTHAMPTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - As the Haitian crisis drops out of the news, will we remember that they still desperately need our help? Without some sort of ongoing plan for giving, we can forget generosity and the good feelings that come with it.

"Critical to long-term recovery, and hopefully a stronger and healthier Haiti, is steady, on-going support," says Kathy LeMay, social change activist and philanthropy coach. Her new book, "The Generosity Plan" (Atria Books/Beyond Words, January 19, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1-58270-234-6; $15.00 US, $19.99 Canadian), illustrates how to find an organization that helps Haiti in a way that's meaningful to you, how to make sure that organization is legitimate -- that your money will go to what they say it will, and how to incorporate giving into your budget.

Kathy's tips to creating a long-term budget for your generosity plan ensure your giving won't be a burden, but a source of joy.

Be creative when it comes to developing your giving budget. Think about how you can get used to giving a certain percentage of your earnings. Above all, ensure that your generosity percentage reflects how much you care.

Ask for help from family or friends. If budgeting isn't your strong suit, seek out help from people you know who do it well. Ask them to help you meet your generosity goals.

Start with what's affordable. Begin with what you can truly afford. From here, you will be able to sustain generosity at this level and (hopefully) grow your giving.

As founder, president, and CEO of Raising Change, a fundraising organization working to advance social change agendas and generosity worldwide, LeMay has discovered what millions have only recently discovered: Giving can be easy.

"Giving can be easy and straightforward," LeMay says, "not only during disaster relief campaigns but all year long. The secret? A focused plan that matters to you... the beautiful thing about a generosity plan is that it's not something new to add to your to do list. A generosity plan isn't a thing to do, it's a thing to be."

For more information on "The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World" or Kathy LeMay visit

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