What Are You Most Thankful For?

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

As we work to simplify our holiday celebrations, and to find more meaning in this busy time of year, I am also reminded to count my blessings. For me, it’s a healthy family, meaningful work, a community of thoughtful friends, and the addition of our new puppy, Coco!

This year, I’m also thankful that our work is allowing people around the country to celebrate their values year-round with more joy and less stress. SoKind, our new alternative gift registry, and our annual Simplify the Holidays campaign perfectly illustrate how gift-giving has the potential to change our relationship to stuff and to each other—we don’t need more, we need more of what matters: time with friends and family, meaningful experiences, and connection to our communities. It’s good for our well-being and the planet! I hope you find both SoKind and Simplify the Holidays helpful as you think about how best to align your celebrations with your values.

I also hope you will consider New Dream in your year-end gift-giving. We need your financial support to continue to provide useful resources like these.

This year, we would like to offer you the opportunity to share New Dream with friends and family members. Make an online gift in honor of a loved one, and we’ll send them a handwritten card notifying them of your generosity. A gift donation to New Dream not only supports our programs, but demonstrates your commitment to aligning your actions with your values. And we think it makes a great gift!

We have lots of exciting plans for 2014, including the expansion of SoKind, new infographics and creative communications, a new national poll on Americans’ attitudes toward the American Dream, an expanded Collaborative Communities program, a new guide in our Community Action Kit, more webinars and workshops, additional small grant opportunities, and more.

Contributions from our community of New Dreamers are what make this work possible—we hope you will help us!

Thank you for your support of New Dream—2013 was a great year, and we’re excited to continue this important work in 2014 and beyond.

From all of us at New Dream, best wishes for a joyful New Year!

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