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The Wish List Project is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN 46-2697277

The Wish List Project is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN 46-2697277

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2016 is almost over and many folks are saying good riddance, what with the crazy election cycle and negative news stories bombarding us daily, plus the loss of many icons and people we hold dear. But I prefer to focus on the positives of 2016, the reasons we should celebrate the year.  So here goes, in no particular order:

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  1. The election is over! No more debates, no more annoying political ads and no more odd conversations with people I don’t know, who assumed I was voting for the same candidate they were and chatted away about it.
  2. Even though we didn’t elect the first woman president, we did elect a number of other firsts – the first black female senator, the first Latina senator, the first openly LBGTQ governor, and the first Indian-American congressional representative.
  3. Sports provided some relief - Chicago Cubs fans finally got their World Series victory, the first since 1908, and Cleveland fans saw the Cavaliers nab the NBA Championship marking that city’s first pro sports title in 52 years. And despite the 49ers being in the toilet this year, the Raiders are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
  4. Good news among the chatter - The U.S. economy grew and the Dow Jones hit an all-time high
  5. Progress for earthlings - CO2 emissions in the U.S. dropped to their lowest levels since 1991. That means all those smog controls we’ve been forced to use are actually working.
  6. Diplomacy wins - President Obama visited Cuba, Hiroshima, Japan, and Vietnam this year, all in an attempt to improve relations with these countries. Peace out!
  7. Water, water, everywhere – OK, not everywhere, but consistent rain has raised lake and reservoir levels in Northern California easing drought concerns for 2016.
  8. Education leads the way - California high school graduation rates climbed this year, especially among English Learners and migrant students. (I'm sure it has nothing to do with that testing nonsense.)
  9. Cuteness thrives – The USGS said the populations of California sea otters have reached the highest level since 1982 and will be removed from the endangered species list.

Did I miss anything? What other good news can we celebrate as the year winds down? Feel free to comment below.

Happy New Year!!

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We recently took part in #GivingTuesday, a movement of charitable giving which helps others through the gift of time, donations, goods or your voice. As the day began, I thought a lot about why people contribute on Giving Tuesday, which in turn caused me to reflect on why I joined The Wish List Project.

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Growing up I had the opportunity to attend a private school, a luxury that many of my neighbors were not afforded. As time progressed, I began to realize the difference that education in my youth made on my life, especially when compared with my childhood friends. I contribute much of my success now to a proper education and believe passionately that all children should get the opportunity that I had. A small difference when a child is young makes a large difference as they mature, and it has the potential to lead them down a different path in life. With the help of our generous donors, I firmly believe we can make an immense and lasting impact on our community's youth that will reshape their future as well as ours.

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You’ve eaten most of the Thanksgiving leftovers. You’ve saved lots of cash on Black Friday shopping deals. Perhaps you’re picking up a few more goodies minus the steep prices on Cyber Monday. That leaves one amazing opportunity - #GivingTuesday. Now’s your chance to give back a little of what you saved on those special shopping days and impact the lives of kids in your community in a very big way, like this: 

          rsz 1sketch     rsz piano practice hands     basketball team

  • $25 will fund art supplies for a budding artist
  • $50 will purchase one music lesson for a young musician
  • $100 will provide fees for a child to play on a sports team 
  • $500 will fund a fully equipped laptop for a college-bound high school senior
  • $1,000 will purchase uniforms and registration fees for an entire youth sports team

Please join us on #GivingTuesday by making a donation to The Wish List Project’s Giving Tuesday and Beyond campaign.

Make the holidays happy for a boy or girl in your community.

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The Wish List Project is excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website which is now live at the same address: http://thewishlistproject.org  The site's homepage welcomes supporters and visitors with a bold design, dramatic images and lots of new content focused on The Wish List Project's mission and impact in the community. The new site was designed by Mark Sanchez of Solar Flare Digital, and features a fresh new design, user friendly navigation, cool social sharing features and is easier to update with new content. You'll find everything you're looking for in a few easy clicks. Take a look around and enjoy! Visit TheWishListProject.org Let us know what you think.

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While helping my daughter with a school project on a recent Saturday morning, the local news was on t.v. in the background. While I sat at the kitchen table watching her complete the next section of her assignment, I had my ears tuned in to a few “feel good” stories about upcoming events around town.

Sacramento is one of the most philanthropic communities, both in terms of number of non-profits and number of dollars donated annually per capita.  And since we’re coming up on the “giving season” when some 70% of charitable fundraising occurs, plus we’re all exhausted by the nasty political landscape this year, it wasn’t surprising that KCRA was focused on three stories about local organizations on this beautiful fall morning.

The first story highlighted volunteers preparing for the 5th Annual Bike and Toy Giveaway next month put on by the Sacramento Kings Foundation and Buzz Oates Charities. Eight local schools will be the recipients of 4,000 brand new bicycles and 4,000 wrapped toys. This story got my attention because a good friend of mine was one of the gift-wrappers.

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