CHART CHARITY CHALLENGE for 2023-24 Season, starting April 2023
Vote for your favorite charity with your membership so they have a chance to earn a complimentary online Charticle. So far, members have added to the list the charities below and some have multiple votes.
Adopt A Family of the Palm Beaches, aafpbc.org .
Alpert Jewish Family Services, alpertjfs.org .
American Cancer Society, cancer.org .
American Stroke Association, stroke.org .
Big Dog Ranch Rescue, bdrr.org .
Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, cahh.org .
Center for Child Counseling, centerforchildcounseling.org .
Crohn‘s & Colitis Foundation south Florida chapter, crohnscolitis.org .
Edna and Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation, vinerscholars.org .
Jack The Bike Man, jackthebikeman.org .
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society South Florida Region, lls.org .
Meals On Wheels of the Palm Beaches, mealsonwheelspalmbeaches.org .
Mommy’s Heart Foundation, mommysheartfoundation.com .
Morse Life Foundation, morselifefoundation.org .
Mounts Botanical Garden, mounts.org .
Norton Museum of Art, Norton.org .
Palm Beach Freedom Institute, palmbeachfreedom.org .
Palm Beach Symphony, palmbeachsymphony.org .
RDK Melanoma Foundation, melanomafoundation.com .
Richard E. McCready Charitable Trust
Save Palawan Seas Foundation, savepalawanseasfoundation.org .
Smile Train for Clefts, smiletrain.org .
Stop! Children’s Cancer of Palm Beach County, stopchildrenscancer.org .
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The Promise Fund of Florida, komen.org. promisefundofflorida.org .
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org .
The Lord’s Place, thelordsplace.org .
The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, palmbeach.fnpschapters.org .
Trumpettes, trumpettesusa.com .
Tunnel to Towers, t2t.org .
Some members state they have no favorite charity, instead independently give directly to those in need.
CHARITY RESEARCH RESOURCES
With over 7,000 charities in Palm Beach County alone, here are some resources to help you with decisions for donations of time and funds.
GuideStar.org, Guide Star
CharityWatch.org, American Institute of Philanthropy
CharityNavigator.org, Charity Navigator
Give.org, Wise Giving Alliance by the BBB
AFPnet.org, Association of Fundraising Professionals
1-800-435-7352 State of Florida Department of Consumer Services will provide you with a copy of charities official registration and financial information
VETERAN CHARITIES, Chart compiled a list of charities suggested to us from Chart advertisers and members.
Clinics Can Help, clinicscanhelp.org, Palm Beach County organization that collects used medical equipment
Friends of Fisher House, fofhwpb.org, 561-422-5554, national with Palm Beach County chapter, lodging and food for veterans and families near VA hospitals
Leeds Endowment, leedsendowment.org, 561-659-3134, Palm Beach County, resources for disabled people including vets
Naval Order of the United States, navalorder.org, national organization, projects to commemorate prominent figures, deeds and memories of our navy and maritime history
Shifting Gears United, shiftinggearsunited.org, 732-236-3576, adaptive sports programs, SGU has been featured in Chart magazine several times
Soldier Strong, soldierstrong.org, 888-898-3235, national, technology, innovation and education for disabled veterans
Vetsville Cease Fire House, vetsville.us, 561-736-4325, Palm Beach County, veteran homeless shelter
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, wvrf.org, 561-855-4207, Florida, housing support and dental services
Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org, national
Helpful Phone Numbers:
800-273-8255 National Veteran Crisis Line for mental health
844-MyFLVet (693-5838) Florida Veterans Support Line
PAST AND PRESENT: Charities in the past benefited from Chart art gallery sales which resulted in publicity in Chart. Currently charities are featured in Chart and promoted through Chart with small sponsorship fees. Chart launched a Chart Charity Challenge for Chart members in July 2022 to get free publicity for their favorite charities.
CHART HISTORY: From 2005 to 2013, over 150 charities benefited from Chart art sales with publicity and 20% of art sales. The Gist is About Giving. This letter to the editor in 2016 from an aspiring poet I met in 2008 still inspires me. She lived at Seminole Safe House. I read her hand written poetry aloud as she manicured my nails. She mailed me her book “A Well Manicured Life” eight years later with a letter. “Feb. 2016 LETTER TO EDITOR I was blessed to have my first article published in Fall 2008 Chart about how Safe House of Seminole helped me with overcoming domestic violence. My name is Victoria Colzie and it is now 2016. I’ve written and published my very own autobiography, ‘The Well Manicured Life’. Because you believed in me and my voice, I want you to have a copy. I hope it blesses you just as much as reading my poetry book during your manicure 8 years ago. It has been a labor of life learning and love, inspired and encouraged by you. Thank you. Miracles & Blessings, Victoria Colzie”
In Feb. 2022, 14 years after first reading her poems, and 17 years after creating Chart magazine, I spent over 12 hours each of the last few days on my Mac working on the fifth annual issue of Chart Palm Beach. My long days on my computer follow intense times of selling sponsorships, making interviews, taking photography and creating events and massive publicity opportunities.
I published Chart magazine quarterly in Winter Park for ten years, and now annually in Palm Beach for five. I make the Chart charity art promotions look fun, but it’s work. Promoting creative people and writing about the American Dream through my own books and ghostwriting are my passions. The affirmations such as the one below keep inspiring me to continue my life’s work.