December 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm , by Sonia Harmon
Last year Nicole Bouchard Boles started her blog, The Frugal Philanthropist, as a way to inspire people to create positive change through low or no-cost activities; today she is the author of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, a new book that includes hundreds of different ideas on how to make a difference.
Maybe you’ve been meaning to volunteer, but just haven’t found the time—and that’s okay! Nicole has found a plethora of ways for you to make a difference, from donating clothing to using search engines that donate money with every click. We love her enthusiasm for philanthropy, because no matter how big or small, what’s most important is that you’re doing your part.
What makes me a lady: Acting on my values. One of the most important things in life is to determine what is most important.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Shopping on the Internet, although I don’t feel so guilty about it. I always try to infuse my shopping sprees with philanthropy, so I roam though charity malls like OneCause.com to do a good deed for non-profit organizations. And I can spend hours in front of the computer wandering through Nordstrom’s website or virtual window shopping at Williams-Sonoma.
Three things on my life list: 1. To encourage as many people as possible to look at what they already have—then find a need in the world—and fill it! 2. Loving my children so powerfully and unconditionally that never in their life will they wonder what love is. 3. Taking my husband back to New York where he proposed to me under the Brooklyn Bridge.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: To vault all my memories so they never fade. I would capture every smile, every tear, and every precious moment with my children.
Ladies I admire: Mary J. Blige; I admire her attitude tremendously. She is the essence of class and compassion. Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and persistent advocate of children’s rights. My mother; she’s always been the strongest person I know and is such a nurturer, but she’s really come into her full grace as a grandmother. And finally my daughter, a young lady of beauty, joy and almost immeasurable kindness.