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I am starting to understand what it means to be a writer. Finding those moments in your life that tie together and give you the inspiration to put some words together that make sense.
My inspiration for this post came to me through the brilliant women in my life recently. I had a great conversation this week with a women who has been” giving back” through her business since her early twenties ( she is now in her early forties). We chatted about how women had changed over the past 15 years. Fifteen years ago the climb to the top was a tough one. Every stepped had to be earned and sometimes repeated. Now we are women of power. We are the women of Sex in City. Brilliant, strong, sensitive. We can do anything and we want to do it all.
In less than a week my mission to change the world begins. I feel like I am in the process of retraining my brain. I look for, search out and see different opportunities to give back every day. I’m discovering ways to give that I didn’t even know existed without leaving my home office.
Did you know there are sites dedicated to shopping online that with donated a portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice? I like to shop! Anyone else out there reading that likes to shop?
The first site I came across was IGIVE. Understandable the name caught my eye. You can search by brand, charity, retailer. Their mission makes giving simple. “To enable the economic power of individuals to benefit their chosen communities.” Simple put, if your going to shop make choices that benefit others at the same time. Our purchasing power has a huge effect on the world – especially in North America.
My sister and I had an interesting conversation around the definition of a GIVE. She asked me the difference between a GIVE as I reference “throughout my blog, versus being a “good Samaritan”. You could also add to the comparison a Random Act of Kindness or being philanthropic – or is that term for Warren Buffet and friends only.
In a recent post I referenced an interesting article in the Globe & Mail by Sarah Boesveld. It discusses the results from the World Giving Index which is run by the Charities Aid Foundation. It was the first time a giving had been measured around the world. The WGI specifies how it defines “giving” to measure people’s charitable behaviours. These are the “giving” categories
- Volunteer your time to an organization
- Donate money to charities
- Extend a helping hand to a stranger in need
How does 365 define a GIVE? First I will do my research. A quick comparison is in order.