5 Reasons Giving To Charity Makes YOU Rich

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By Copywriter Dena Molen and President of Operations and International &
Reliv Kalogris Foundation Chairman Scott Montgomery

As we embark upon the holiday season, my hope is that you take a moment to think about how good it feels to give. I wanted to take a different angle on donating to the Reliv Kalogris Foundation this time of year, and with the help of our copywriter, Dena Molen, I think we created the perfect gift-giving list. Happy holidays to you and your family, and thank you for all you do to help Reliv continue our mission to Nourish Our World. –Scott Montgomery

The gesture of giving is intrinsically a selfless act, yet studies show that helping others in need not only benefits the recipient, but it also delivers numerous health benefits — both mental and physical — to the giver.

Have you ever thought about the psychology and physiology behind this sensation? What is it about acts of kindness such as donating that make us rich in spirit?

  1. Triggers the “pleasure” part of the brain

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, the brain’s reward center releases endorphins when we give to charities.  That’s right: you could easily experience what’s known as a “helpers high” when you click that “DONATE NOW” button. And yes, it can be addictive!

  1. Fosters a positive outlook

Feeling a little cynical these days? Try the simple act of donation when you’re feeling negative about yourself or your situation. When you donate to the needy, you’re engaging with like-minded people who care about the same issues as you. The feeling of making a difference and having an impact on society will undoubtedly bring a sense of purpose into your life — which in turn, should turn your frown upside down!

  1. Promotes a longer, healthier life span

Other organs besides the brain seem to enjoy the act of giving. Research shows that philanthropic behaviors not only help lower stress levels in adults, but may also lead to a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, increased energy, and lower heart rate. Who would have thought that “healthy glow” is interchangeable with “giver’s glow”?

  1. Improves self-worth

It’s human nature to want to connect with others. And when you do this by educating yourself on worldly issues and follow up with charitable deeds, it simply feels good. Cultivating this sort of purposeful activity in your life generates personal growth, leading to greater self-esteem and worth.

  1. Creates a sense of community

It may be easy to think of helping the hungry and impoverished as a “big world issue,” but you’d be surprised to know that extending a helping hand, no matter the geographical distance, will actually adjust your awareness lens. In other words, you may find yourself lighting a small “charitable fire” and motivating those around you. But watch out! This passion and generosity spreads like wildfire…and it’s the stuff great communities, no matter the size, are made of!

Bottom line: The gift of giving is really a gift to yourself. Charity brings richness to your life!

This holiday season, it’s easy to give back with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. Consider how rich you’ll feel when you contribute and help nourish a child today!

 

References

  1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/
  2. http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/june2007/06222007altruist.htm
  3. https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/blog/id/76/spending-money-on-others-and-personal-happiness

You’re The One That We Want!

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If you weren’t at the Reliv International Conference this year, you missed a number of firsts! First of all, Reliv Kalogris Foundation Chairman Scott Montgomery was dressed as Danny from Grease and his wife, Kari, was dressed as Sandy!

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This 50’s theme was carried over to the barbecue Saturday night at Reliv HQ. The most unforgettable element was the message You’re the One that We Want with photos of kids from our various nutritional programs pointing at YOU… reminding all of us that WE, together, are the ones who make a difference in these kids’ lives by donating to the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. Continue reading “You’re The One That We Want!”

A Partnership That’s Changing Lives

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By Kathy Brawley, Haiti Area Coordinator for the Reliv Kalogris Foundation

Any time there’s a natural disaster in the U.S. or abroad, whether earthquake, hurricane or any other similar calamity, there’s a good chance that within hours you will find the people from Convoy of Hope already on the ground and doing what they do best: caring for people in practical, essential ways. Food, water and shelter are all part and parcel of what Convoy and its donors provide for people in dire situations. Continue reading “A Partnership That’s Changing Lives”

RKF in Action: From the Dump to the Head of the Class

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When you think of the Reliv Kalogris Foundation, you might think of thousands of children fed through hundreds of feeding centers in nine countries around the world. While we are very proud of those numbers, we are proudest of the difference the RKF is making in the lives of each individual child, every one with a story uniquely his or her own. Continue reading “RKF in Action: From the Dump to the Head of the Class”

Thank You for Being the Change!

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BetheChangeCongratulations to this year’s winner of the “Be the Change” fundraising challenge, Kevin Pond! Kevin also just happens to be a member of the winning team, the Primordial Penguins from Southern California!

Kevin will be joining the Reliv Kalogris Foundation staff for the annual papa Noel trip to Haiti this weekend. We have also extended an invitation to our second and third place finishers, Jim & Sandy Schaben and Chris & Karin Ederer.

The trip will include a party complete with gifts for the kids in the Children’s Home, as well as a visit to three schools and a clinic, including distribution of morning shakes at one of the sites. Bringing joy to the Children’s Home is always a perfect way to start the holiday season. Congratulations to our winners and THANK YOU to all Distributors who helped the RKF Be the Change this year!

 

 

 

Happy and Healthy in Haiti

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As the Reliv Kalogris Foundation celebrates 20 years of helping people around the world, three employees share their experiences visiting the continuing effort in Haiti. Celebrate with us — make plans now to join the RKF 20th Anniversary Celebration at International Conference.

Love Conquers All

By Reliv HR Coordinator Matt Bell

What do I remember most from Haiti? Love. I’ll never forget the love exuded by the kids at the orphanages from the first day we met until the final morning we said our goodbyes.

Continue reading “Happy and Healthy in Haiti”

Seeing is Believing: RKF in Haiti

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by Senior Vice President and COO Brett Hastings, RKF board member

It had been three years since my first Reliv Kalogris Foundation (RKF) trip to Haiti, a trip I will never forget. While I had not forgotten that experience in my heart and head, from a sensory standpoint, my memory of what it is like to physically visit an RKF program had faded. Then I visited our programs in the Philippines. Continue reading “Seeing is Believing: RKF in Haiti”

Be the Change in 2014

Please consider the Reliv Kalogris Foundation in your end-of-year giving. With your support, we can reach our “Be the Change” goal for 2014 and continue to serve RKF feeding centers around the world. Together we can honor Dr. Theodore Kalogris and help achieve Reliv’s mission to Nourish Our World.

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Be the Change!

BetheChange-webThe Reliv Kalogris Foundation announced at the Next Level International Conference in Kansas City that last year’s “Be the Change” Challenge brought in over $50,000 for the Foundation!  Thanks to all of you who participated. Winner Betty Andrews raised more than $7,000, and her two runners-up, Louise Kohl and Robert & Lauren Laird, added another $8,000 combined. Betty and husband, Ken, will join us at the Reliv Children’s Home Christmas party in Haiti in December.

The challenge continues! This year’s theme is “Be the Change — a Little Goes a Long Way.” Everyone won’t go to Haiti or raise $1,000+, but every little bit helps. Raise $25, for example, and you will help us feed five kids for a month.

So what can you do? Sponsor an event. Open your own FirstGiving page. Challenge someone to a friendly fund-raising competition. It all helps our Reliv kids. This year’s challenge runs from August 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Get on board, and BE THE CHANGE! For details, check Facebook or call Reggie at 636-733-1395.

High Hope: the Reliv Kalogris Foundation in Peru

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By Reggie Ament, Reliv Kalogris Foundation Director

With each trip to visit our Reliv Kalogris Foundation feeding programs, I leave with the feeling that every country is unique. I’m always taken by the delicious food, distinctive culture, friendly people and amazing volunteers who are so committed to our mission. What is not unique is the level of poverty found among the children in our programs. Peru is no exception. Continue reading “High Hope: the Reliv Kalogris Foundation in Peru”