Do A Little was born in 2008. I created a non-profit to serve the needs of women because the balance of power in the world still lies in the hands of men, often bypassing the skills, intelligence, compassion, love and grace of the female gender. I want to support women as leaders, and as owners of our futures and to encourage women to grow in whatever ways bring happiness and peace. And I want men to do the same.

I was inspired to create the name by a quote from the Most Reverend Desmond M Tutu, O.M.S.G., Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town: "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

I believe strongly in community, and in each of us working where we are most gifted to improve our world. I believe that small acts are just as important as great acts. They are all part of a recipe to better the planet. If each of us contributes something soulful and heartfelt, sharing resources and talents, the outcome is a delicious stock of sustainable life energy.

The Do A Little logo is a photo of my Aunt Nita as a representation of the face of all women. Nita was an intelligent, strong-willed, hard-working woman born during the Depression. She was self-sufficient, a mother, a world traveler, a caring older sister to my mother, Jo Frances, and hawk-eyed in her overview of life.

Do A Little welcomes your generosity to help fund non-profits that help women become healthy, educated and happy. We also help all people, no matter what gender, sexual persuasion, religion or ethnicity.

Thank you from my heart.

Deborah Santana
May 2009

DAL Advisory Committee Members:

Cheryl McHale

I have practiced bookkeeping for a variety of organizations, individuals, corporations and not-for-profit agencies since 1972. Over the years, I have volunteered with various organizations, hospitals, community fundraising events and political activities. Most recently, I served as a volunteer on the Joshua Tree General Plan of San Bernardino County Committee. I also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Presently, I sponsor & work with children at a local riding stable. The focus of this endeavor is to provide children with fresh air, exercise and responsibility of caring for horses in a safe environment.

I am fortunate to have a large, close knit family. Along with others in the family, I care for my parents and siblings that are in need. My free hours are spent riding horses, reading, watching the wildlife in my area and listening to my favorite music. An active life, participating with family and friends is my joy.

Meshelle Mifsud

I have worked with Deborah for the last 14 years and am currently her executive assistant. My love for animals and volunteer work started at an early age: envisioning the world as a harmonious place, I have fought for animal rights and encourage people to treat animals as if they were humans, giving them love and compassion. I have volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and the Humane Society of Marin, from where I have adopted several dogs.

I believe that if we educate the public by letting them know about all the great organizations out there, they too will be inspired to help, even if its just by passing the information on. Remember that help comes in many forms, not just monetarily.