Author Archives: esralston

Fitting in at Camp Goodtimes

Boy, this summer is flying by. I have found very little time to focus on my writing– most of my energy has been directed towards spending time with my kids and putting my hours in at work. But I did … Continue reading

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Talking about Philanthropy with Girl Scouts

I mentioned in a recent post that I had spent some time talking about philanthropy with a group of Girl Scouts. Here is the Parentmap article I finally wrote about that experience.  I’d love to do more of that sort of … Continue reading

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Raising Awareness about Hearing Loss with Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman

And heeeeere it is! My post about meeting Derrick Coleman and the fabulous experience helping to run a fundraising event. Read it and enjoy!

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An example of the work I do

So, by now you may know I am juggling a few things in my career. I am a blogger for Parentmap, a freelancer for nonprofit work (I recently helped coordinate volunteers for an event- but more on that in another … Continue reading

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Girl Scouts Philanthropy Presentation

Today I gave a presentation about philanthropy to a group of 7-8 year-old girl scouts. It was great fun and my 11 year-old daughter helped out. She took notes for me, recorded interesting quotes, and got me materials I needed. … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat

A friend recently told me, “You have to read this book!” And she was referring to The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It’s a work of nonfiction and both this friend and I are crazy about this genre. … Continue reading

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May 6: A National Day of Giving

Next week, on May 6, the national day of giving, you may decide you want to donate to an organization. That can be overwhelming. In this latest Parentmap article, I give tips on how to choose an organization.

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Boston Strong: How Two Words Helped Raise $1 Million

This morning, I was at the gym getting my rare CNN fix (Hey, it’s news! At least I am expanding my horizons and not watching some lame tv series.). The Boston Marathon was happening today and there was a segment … Continue reading

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A few inspiring happenings…

Well, after that last downer post, I have something more uplifting to say! There’s been a couple cool things I have been inspired by: Last night after we ate out for dinner and were on our way to my son’s … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of a Community During a Crisis

I’ve been in a reflective mood lately. There’s been too much death and dying all at once in the past few weeks. First, the disappearance of that Malaysian flight, the news that my 83-year-old uncle is dying from kidney failure, the … Continue reading

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