Non-profit Tuesday: Why Give? What you might not expect in return

Non-profit Tuesday: Why Give? What you might not expect in return

Laura Kina

Laura Kina, Associate Professor Art, Media and Design and Director Asian American Studies
DePaul University

Giving is hard. I’m not talking about birthday or Christmas gifts here. There is a social contract that you must give back to those who you love and who have loved and cared for you. That type of giving is easy. I’m talking about giving your time and money to non-profits. This is optional giving. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, November 27, 2012 has been designated “Non-Profit Tuesday.” What do you believe in today? What do you want to take the time to stand behind and support?

I’ve spent most of my life being selfish, trying to build a career and family and take care of my own, but after the U.S. economy tanked in 2008 and my thin economic security was knocked out from under my feet, it coincided with a time when I have increasingly been asked to step up and give back. While this hasn’t always been easy, I want to share just a few things I got back in return that I really wasn’t expecting.

Make a list and check it (send $) twice today. Consider giving over the long haul. The best investments take time to mature.

Here are my top three non-religious non-profit suggestions for today:…

  • MAVIN is based in Seattle and provides local programs/national and international research resources.
    • Mission: MAVIN builds healthier communities by providing educational resources about Mixed Heritage experiences.
    • What I gave: Time, expertise, and board dues – former working board member (2010-12) and current advisory board member.
    • What I was given in return that I didn’t expect: What started from a little magazine feature back in 2004 in MAVIN magazine on my art and sharing suggestions for the and then meeting and working with folks like Eric Hamako and Louie Gong (see picture above) that has since led to a network of over 500+ activists, academics, artists, and friends interested in mixed-race issues. Today, I teach a class on “Mixed Race Art and Identity” at DePaul University in our Honors program and have been working with other colleagues, scholars and creatives on the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference, the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies and Wei Ming Dariotis and I have a forthcoming book and exhibition WarBaby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art….

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