“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston S. Churchill

Long have I loved that quote and tried to live by it. It’s in that spirit that I wanted to have a page on my site dedicated to giving so that this site always features the chance for a discussion about how to give, where to give and even perhaps what to give. I make no promise that I know everything nor that I am an example in any way. I just have an earnest desire to try and help others with what little I have. This page highlights some of the ways I currently do so.

Kirsten Alana - Giving

Kirsten Alana - Giving

Kirsten Alana - Giving


Founded in 2009 and similar to Kiva, but smaller, Zidisha is a micro lending platform that I initially funded with $80. That has been turned into $116 to fund 17 different projects as of May 2016. As of June, my account now receives an extra $5 per month and all of the money in my account is recycled back into funding new entrepreneurs in the 157 different countries that Zidisha supports. I don’t receive back anything that I invest. For more information, start with their How It Works page.


I regularly clean out our apartment in NYC and donate any unused, unopened toiletries, canned goods and gently used clothing to shelters in the city. For where to donate, I use the information provides.


I try to support companies that do good with the money I spend buying their product. Everyone knows about TOMS but some lesser-known companies are some of my favorites and they include: FEED, Humanity Unified, THINX / Icon / Tushy, Panda, Hand in Hand, This Bar Saves Lives, Gandys, Twice as Warm, WeWood, Sevenly and Ten Thousand Villages.

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