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The Globe & Mail newspaper has been running a series on giving over the last few weeks. It’s an excellent series worth reading. One of the interesting catch phrases they have used is ”The New Philanthropy.” After giving back everyday for 365 days I can tell you that be a philanthropist is no longer just the rich giving large sums of money to the charity of their choice. It is every day people giving in small ways when they can with their time, crowdfunding a personal favourite cause or “texting” donation for disaster relief. We have learned that even $10 can make a multi million dollar difference if we all give together.
Wikipedia defines philanthropy perfectly in today’s society:
“Philanthropy etymologically means “the love of humanity“—love in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, or enhancing; humanity in the sense of “what it is to be human,” or “human potential.” In modern practical terms, it is “private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life“
I’m not an expert on giving / philanthropy by any means. I don’t have millions of dollars to give through a foundation nor do I have hours to volunteer or travel to remote parts of the world to save lives. But what I do have is a little time everyday to “love humanity,” Whether it is a person, an animal or the planet we can all be philanthropist. Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada posed a question this week on Facebook that you should answer.
“If you had 1 hour to help change the world what would you do?”
I want to help you discover the “new philanthropist” in yourself. I discovered so many ways to give that I never even consider or new existed during my 365 days of giving. Many of them do not even cost a dime. All you have to do is like, tweet or click and you can show your “love for humanity”. Social media has given us all the opportunity to be a philanthropist. Find your favourite medium whether is be Twitter, Facebook or just using the internet. We can all give a minute of our time to change the world.
The 365give Top 5 Ways to Give for Free
Click it for Good: This site is the creation of Jan van Voorst (Founder Planetsave.com news/ co-founder of Planetsave.) The site is grass-roots and user friendly. It allows you to help causes that support the planet without emptying your pocket but instead by spreading the word. All you have to do is click a button and share a post with your friends and you have made a donation. Sponsors make the donation for you! (Day 317)
JustCoz: This platform that enables charities, non-profits and NGOs to greatly increase their social media reach by way of tweet and status donations. Building on what is known as the “donation by action” paradigm, the bring forward the utilization of social power into the realm of passion. JustCoz enables people to make a difference by exposing their audience to messages which reflect their owns set of values and truths, and everything is done automatically, without the need to repeatedly engage in sorting through messages for those worth repeating. (Day 283)
Care2: This will allow you to become a 365 day giver. Care2 has a “daily action” that with just a click you can change the world. They refer to it as the “fast, easy and free way to make a difference everyday. (Day 289)
Freerice: A great way to teach your kids about philanthropy and they will learn along the way. It’s a bit like online trivial pursuit game that feeds the hungry around the world. For each answer you get right Freerice donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme to help end hunger. (Day 31)
The Hunger Site: Whether you have a passion for helping feed the hungry, breast cancer, Rainforests, animals, child health, literacy, veterans, or autism you can give right from this site. You don’t need to be on Facebook or Twitter you can just click to give. Choose you passion and click every day. (Day 321)
Now we have no excuse not to give. Free and fast. Forget an hour our of your day in just 30 seconds you can give.
Do you have a favourite site you like to give by clicking? Which one of these is your favourite? Your feedback and comments are valuable to 365give. The more we can inspire others to give and share opinions and views on giving the more we can change the world one give at a time.
One organization I greatly admire is called The Note Project. Their movement is simple. They believe the world can be “a million times better” by sending one million notes of appreciation. On Day 166 I participated in The Note Project movement to help reach the “one million notes of appreciation” goal. Today Care2 inspired me to take The Note Project concept one step further and write a note of encouragement to a child in need.
Day 289: Give 289
Quoted by The Christian Blind Mission working in partnership with Care2:
“God loves all children, but too often, those with disabilities are overlooked by national health, educational and development programs. In many communities, children with disabilities are hidden out of shame or superstition and turned away by schools. The time and expense of caring for disabled children without any help locks their families in poverty.
In the poorest countries, up to 80 percent of children with disabilities die without help. All children are a blessing — regardless of their abilities to see, hear or walk. Sadly, too many children don’t hear this enough.
Send a prayer or message of hope to “forgotten” children and remind them that they are loved no matter what.”
Here is the note I have submitted to encourage a child that needs desperately needs to hear them.
“I believe we are all born on this earth with a purpose, with a light that shines brightly in or soul. We are all here to bring a message to others, to teach others about our light. To teach them the beauty that is in our soul. Find your light and share it with the world. Find the beauty in your soul and tell the world what you need to teach them. We all have things in our life we can’t do. Fear holds us all back at some time in our life. Find what you can do. Find the brilliance in you no matter what it is and live that brilliance so your light shines so brightly it changes the world. It changes they way people look at you from the outside and they see you for who you truly are on the inside. Know you are loved from corners of the earth you may never even imagine. There are people that care.”
Time Commitment: 10 minutes to write a note
“According to Canada’s current animal cruelty laws, animals are considered property and cannot suffer from violence and cruel acts. Almost all Canadians (95 percent) agree that animal pain and suffering should be limited as much as possible, but we still use animal cruelty legislation enacted in 1892″
A quote taken from the CARE2 Petition Site letter I received in my inbox this week. A request asking for help. There are so many wonderful things about living in Canada and having a voice to our government is just one of them. Here is your chance to use your voice to help protect our animals from cruelty and violence.
Day 241: Give 241
One click and you have not only done your give of the day but you can help change history.
“Our views on animal welfare have changed dramatically in the last 119 years, yet our laws have stayed essentially the same. Canada lags behind many other countries. 75 percent of Canadians support an amendment that recognizes animals are more than property. Such an amendment could have prevented a New Brunswick man from being acquitted on multiple counts of animal cruelty for killing five small dogs with a hammer as under the law these animals did not suffer and were considered property.” quoted from Care2.
I’m not sure I will ever understand the person that is cruel to helpless animals but they need to know their will be consequences for their actions. I was number 4275 towards a goal of 10,000 signatures required to help create this change. Do your part today and sign the petition.
Time Commitment: 1 minutes
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