Beverly Hills mompreneur reveals the realities of some charities in her new book The Giving Game
Have you ever been a victim of bullying? Our next guest has. She shares with us how giving back can make or break a person and how her new book The Giving Game can empower you to overcome and handle the four major archetypes she encountered in the philanthropy realm. Continue reading to learn about her story and her new book The Giving Game.
Welcome Merri tell us a little about yourself:
I’ve always been involved in philanthropy since a little girl. It was after having children and becoming involved in their schools where I was full throttle volunteering. I had to engage with certain women who, unfortunately, were similar to the desperate-for-attention housewives you see on reality television. It was years of socializing and having to work with these types of women that inspired me to write my first book The Giving Game: Surviving Philanthropy’s Schemers, Dreams & Volunteer Vixens – Come Hell or High Heels.
I am a big supporter of Charity Navigator, a site that evaluates the financial health, accountability and transparency of 6,000 of America’s largest charities. I am a member of The American Horticultural Society and The Robinson’s Gardens of Beverly Hills, which really interests me because of my deep interest in history, conservation and garden design. I recently designed and created Garden’s annual black tie Gala themed “The Queen of Hearts Rose Garden.” I’m also a member of The Beverly Hills Women’s Club, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Contemporary Arts Council, Center Dance Arts at the Music Center, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and a board member of The Latina Dance Project. I also serve on the American Landscape Society of LA, student chapter UCLA.
You can find me most days in Brentwood, Calif., with my sons Ian and Zachary… who never know what they’re going to come home to after I test out new visions for landscapes in the yard.
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