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It’s Day 365. I did it. I gave back to the world every day for 365 days.
Crack open the bubbly it’s time to celebrate! After a year of giving and blogging the day has finally come to post my final give. It has been quite a journey of learning, hope, compassion, excitement, frustration (being hacked was not the highlight of the year) and pure happiness. When I began the 365give journey there was nothing more I feared than social media. I didn’t know what a blog was, I had never Tweeted or Facebooked and I would have laughed at you if you said I could edit a video for YouTube.
I tackled my fear and the learning curve of social media to accomplish my mission. I wanted to share my giving journey by engaging people all over the world. I wanted to inspire them to give more in their lives. I wanted people from all walks of life to believe they could make a difference and create positive change in the world. You don’t have to be Oprah or Bono to change the world. We can all do it every day by honouring the planet, by being kind to each other, and treating all inhabitants of our planet with dignity.
This is my story, my lessons, the future of 365give and my final give.
Find Your Inspiration
If you had asked me on Day 1 if I could complete 365 days of giving (and blog about it every day) I would have lied confidently and said absolutely. I had a great source of inspiration. My 3 year old son Nicolas. 365give was started in honour of his 3rd birthday. I wanted to teach Nic to give naturally in his life even at the age of 3. Now after 365 days of giving (in which he completed many of the gives with me) my now 4 year old is a generous, kind child that understands the meaning of giving and how each of us can support each other, animals and the planet.
He inspired me to keep going even on the days I didn’t think I could. How could I ever tell him or the children of the world I wasn’t willing to do everything in my power to make the world a better place for them?
Let your inspiration push you further than you ever thought you were able to go.
Now I have completed 365 days of giving I can tell you what I have learned.
1) You can give every day.
2) You can be the change you want to see in the world.
3) You can influence, motivate, inspire and teach philanthropy by being a leader.
4) Giving makes you happy.
5) Giving makes others happy.
The Greatest Give of a Lifetime
On Day 353 (The #1 Reason to Drop Social Media for a Day) I announced the homecoming of my second son, Tyler Way. It has been my dream since starting 365give to adopt a second child. My son came home on the exact day that 365give should have been completed (due to hacking it was not the case) and on my oldest son Nicolas’s 4th birthday.
Tyler was our second miracle. The greatest “give” a person can every receive -a child. As my social worker likes to remind us, we “won the lottery of babies twice.” Tyler was not a private local adoption nor an international adoption. Tyler was a local little boy that needed a forever family. His life journey started in Foster Care. Did you know there are over 30,000 children right here in Canada that are in need of a forever family? We feel honoured that we have been able to provide 2 children with a forever home.
I wanted Tyler’s adoption into our family to leave a living legacy. I wanted to support just a few of the thousands of children in Africa whom have lost their parents to famine, AIDS and war. I have been given so much in my life through my children I felt a deep desire to give some of that back. This takes me to my final give.
The Final Give: Day 365
I wanted to give something that would truly make an impact for my final give. One of the “every day heroes” I met via 365give is a gentleman by the name of Moses that runs an organization call Hands of Action Uganda. I posted his story on Day 284 and a volunteers story, Marcia Bojold on Day 299. Moses has touch my heart with all he does for the lost children of Uganda. I wanted to make a lasting impact to these children and their education.
The cost $360 US. He requires 30 iron sheets to cover the roof at $12.00 a sheet.
On Day 4 of 365give my son and I started a donation jar for the money we would collect by returning every recyclable / refundable bottle we could find. Our estimated total for our returns was to raise $32.50. After 1 year of recycling at the “bottle depot” we exceeded this amount and raised $82.00!
The $82.00 will be the first donation made to get Hands of Action for the new roof of their school.
I am asking you to help me reach the $500 fundraising goal.
Just click on the “GIVE” button on the right side bar and please make a donation. $5.00, $10.00 or any amount would be appreciated. Let’s show the children in the Horn of Africa we care about their education, we care about their future. Let’s give them hope and let them know there are people that care.
What’s Next? Is It All Over?
365give is not over it has only just begun.
The new vision for 365give is under way. It may be a little slower to get up and running based on my new role as a Mom x 2 but it is just the beginning for 365give. Over the course of 365 days of giving I learned so many new ways to give every day. The new 365give will help you discover how easy it can be to be a philanthropist. There are unlimted ways to give all over the world right at your fingertips. You don’t have to have money, you don’t have to have hours of time to volunteer – it can be as simple as a click and your give is done for the day. There is a new philanthropy in the world and 365give will be the place you will be able to find how to embrace it and to give instantly.
While the new site in under construction I will be running a contest that will give you an opportunity to donate $365 to your favourite charity or cause. We will be updating you on world movements, reviewing causes, guest posts, every day hero stories and more.
Follow along to see it all unfold. I am a committed giver big and small for my life time and I look forward to inspiring you to give more in your life.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
Time Commitment: 2 minutes for the donation and a commitment to Give for A life Time
Cost: $100 to Hands of Action Uganda
I am a brand new Mom of a baby boy. I also have a 4 year old, 2 dogs and a husband. When I started 365give I thought giving and blogging everyday would be easy. Even if the opportunity to adopt of second child over the course my 365 day giving challenge presented itself I would have still have time to blog, tweet, FB but most importantly GIVE. It has become very apparent that it`s not possible to blog every day but giving is my passion and I believe if you are truly committed you can find a way every day.
With just 5 days left of 365 days of giving, and over 365 ways I have given back to the world Philanthroper has become one of my favourite ways to give. It is fast, easy and effective and my donation is part of a group contribution that is creating great change all over the world.
Day 360: Give 360
Winter is almost here. The days are getting shorter and colder. What if you didn`t have a pair of dry clean socks to wear on your feet to get your through the cold days? We all know if your feet are cold your hole body is cold.
Today`s Philanthroper deal was to make a $1.00 donation (or more if you choose) to Hannah`s Socks. This organization was inspired by a child that was willing to give up her own socks for someone that basically didn`t have a pair. That inspiration has now turned into a donation of over 355.000 pairs of socks to those in need. Sometimes we think that giving has to be complicated or you have to have a lot of money. Hannah`s Socks started by one little girl offering to give up her own socks to a man that needed them more than she did. They didn`t do it alone but with helping hands and donations from so many they are able to support people with the simple `give` of a pair of socks. Nothing complicated about a pair of socks.
Philanthroper gave me the opportunity to give today. For just a $1.00 I was part of a contribution that was $427 (an still growing) because we all donated what we could.
Everyday Philanthroper offers you a new way to give for just a $1.00 donation. Sign up, get the daily giving deal sent to your mailbox and every day you have the opportunity to give. Fast, easy and effective. No excuses not to give.
Time Commitment: 10 seconds
Not every give has to be for a not for a not for profit organization, person in need, or animal suffering. Giving can be as simple as passing on an item you no longer need to someone who will truly appreciate it. It becomes the double give – reusing to help the planet and giving to a person that will be in full appreciation of what you are passing along.
Day 357: Give 357 Guest Give by Nicola Inwood
Books can be a great give every single time.
My boyfriend is a publisher. Bless his heart, and I feel blessed for more than the fact that he is a publisher, I have an endless supply of books that are at my finger tips. As an avid reader (thanks Dad) and lover of stories and peoples perspectives, I have to say I feel like I am the luckiest woman in the world having access to so many different titles, authors and interesting topics.
The Eco-Friendly Home
A few years ago I was researching and reading about building a healthy home. I have 4 books in my library about environmental living, tips and tricks for changing how you live in your space to make it healthier, better for the environment and most of all inexpensive ways that you can accomplish this goal. I read through them and implemented many of the suggested strategies and held onto the books in case I needed to refer to the information again.
In my fall clean up, I had put aside a number of books that I was going to donate to the local library, a regular trip that I like to make as the local libraries where I live in Mexico have few English books on their shelves. The books on building a healthy home were added to the pile as I felt that I had benefited as much as I could from them. They were destined for public consumption and was going to be part of my monthly gives.
The Opportunity to Give
But sometimes giving opportunities present themselves and one did this week that made me smile. When you put out the intention of giving, and think that we have the perfect give, a better one comes up and this week, the books went to another home, not the library.
I have a natural health clinic that I use here in Mexico. It is a group of passionate and compassionate doctors and nurses that combine mainstream and alternative medical practices in their treatments. I have been going to the clinic for years as I use acupuncture as a maintenance program for my overall general health. This group of doctors provide great services to the public but are also very active as volunteers to provide services and educate the community on alternative health care options in the 21st century.
One of my doctors at the clinic had mentioned that they had bought a new house and was excited about building their organic garden, seeking out alternative building practices and was wanted to use as many environmental practices in the cleaning and maintenance of the home as she could. As a young doctor it was great to see her enthusiasm.
My give of the day presented itself. The healthy home books had found its new owner/reader!
At my next appt I gave my doctor her new books. Though the books are in English (she speaks about 4 languages) she was so happy to have the new books to help her on her mission. I was thrilled to pass the books forward and put them directly into the hands that could use them the most.
In your fall clean up, put out the intention to donate or give away items that you no longer use and you will be surprised how quickly the gives just…present themselves. The other books did go to the library, but I was thrilled to give this series a new home with a woman who creates health everyday in her community.
Time Commitment: 5 minutes