Giving Back I have always been impressed with and inspired by the number of companies that have incorporated philanthropy into their businesses. When I was launching GOAL Consulting I knew I wanted to include this into the fabric of the firm. The need is great in countless areas, however, the commitment and generosity of so many individuals and companies of all sizes is a source of hope and inspiration. It is for this reason we have included this page on our site. Many of you have heard of the “ripple effect”. This is when an experience, a lesson, an idea is shared over and over again but each time the area it impacts is larger and larger. I hope together we can continue to add to the “ripple effect” of philanthropy that has been expanding over the globe for years.In many cases finding the time to contribute or just knowing where to start is hard. Some ideas I can share with you on easy, convenient, “turnkey” opportunities where you just have to show up and contribute time are:Habitat for Humanity – A great experience and a great organization. To learn more visit http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/. All you have to do is show up with a hammer and a willingness to work.American Red Cross blood drives Easy, quick and 1 pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three people. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733 2767). The Red Cross has a call list. A representative from the American Red Cross will call you every 3 months to let you know where there is a blood drive in your area.Philabundance - (for the Philadelphia area) Philabundance is a regional hunger relief organization, providing emergency food and access to services to people at risk of hunger and malnutrition throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. To learn more about Philabundance visit http://www.philabundance.org/ . If you are in the Philadelphia area and are interested in organizing a group or just volunteering by yourself, contact the Hunger Relief Center, 215-339-0900 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They make it easy.If you have discovered any easy ways to give back feel free to share your ideas. The ripple effect is a powerful force.