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212 Days ago I started a personal mission. I committed to giving every day for 365 days. I believe you can change the world one give, one day at a time.
On May 4, 2011, I will celebrate World Give Day to bring an awareness to daily giving and highlight its many shapes and forms. Some gives are big, like the donor that gives half his fortune away. Some are considered small, like buying a coffee for the next person in line at your favourite coffee shop. After 212 days of consecutive giving, I know that every “give” counts. Every action of giving creates a ripple effect in one way or another and inspires people to also give. If we all conducted a give every day the world would be a better place to live.
My personal giving journey has connected me to some extraordinary “Every Day Heroes.” These people are doing remarkable things because they are motivated by their passion to give. Whether they realize it or not, they are inspiring other people through their own personal giving actions. These are the individual donors that are the backbone of philanthropy. It people giving in their lives, donating, volunteering that keep the world of philanthropy going. Quoted by Wikipedia the modern day definition is “”private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life.” It doesn’t day “have to donate $1,000,000 or more” nor does it say you have to be a massive not-for-profit organization helping hundreds or thousands of people. It’s every day people doing every day actions that change the world. Do you know an Every Day Hero? I would love to hear their story please leave a comment, tweet or Facebook.
Day 212: Give 212 Celebrating the Every Day Hero
The 365give Top 5 Every Day Heroes
Chelsea (originally from Vancouver) is about to move Lira, Uganda. During a recent trip to Uganda, she was touched by the street children. They have been so personally touched by the abandoned and orphaned children in Lira, Chelsea and her partner Morris are starting an organization called the Atin Africa Foundation. Just like that. Through their project they will positively and deeply affect the lives of these children. That is truly world changing.
Calista is 11 years old. I’m not even sure where to start with her accomplishments as a volunteer. Last year she was awarded Volunteer of the Year for the Special Olympics of Philadelphia. She has already raised enough money by selling her crafts and homemade lollipops to grant 1 wish through Make-A-Wish Foundation and she is working on completing her second very soon. This continues to include Pennies to Parents, Operation Christmas Child, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Unicef, The Red Cross – I could keep going. One of the most remarkable things she is working on today is trying to get her family an Extreme Make Over – Home Edition with Ty Pennington as her brother has special needs and their home cannot accommodate him anymore. I believe it is the next generation that will make a huge impact on the world and Calista is a remarkable example of this.
Carlo Garcia truly is an everyday hero. Carlo dedicated 1 year of his life to giving every day. Yes we are on a similar mission. His site Living Philanthropic featured a different charity every day for 365 days. He made a personal donation to each of the charities in hopes to inspire more people to give every day. Carlo isn’t a millionaire, but gave up personal indulgences like lattes and more clothes to make his donations. He personally donated $4165.00 and inspired others to give an additional $15,149 to various organizations featured on his site. Even though his 365 days of giving are over, he is still continuing his mission of giving. You should see what he is doing for year 2!
Wendy Bourgon packed her whole life up for a simple reason. This is a quote taken from her site:
“Visiting Zambia and Kenya opened my eyes to the oneness of the human family. I came to realize that regardless of where we live, we all share the same hopes, dreams and frustrations. We all want to eat, have a home, be cared for when we are sick, be comforted when we grieve and see our kids fulfill their potential.”
Wendy moved to a small village in Zambia to do one, simple thing – to give. She didn’t go for a holiday. She has committed her time to help a village struggling in Africa. She is finding ways to give a hand up not a hand out by making the village sustainable not dependant. Would you dedicate a year or more of your life to a group of strangers on the other side of the world removing yourself from the everyday comforts of home? Could you dig a well? Take care of goats? Help a community thrive and grow? Wendy is doing it and she is hero for that reason.
Last but not least is my 3 year old son Nicolas, my miracle and inspiration. My husband and I were blessed to adopt Nic at the age of 11 weeks old. Now 3 years old, he gives back in so many ways. He has made a choice to learn from his parents and their journey of giving and participates in daily giving naturally. Without prompting from his parents, he is an avid garbage picker, environmentalist, volunteer and donor. He will stop dead in the middle of a fabulous bike ride just to get off his bike and pick up the garbage on the side walk. He has planted his first vegetable garden to support the planet this spring. His favourite place to go to make a donation is the SPCA (local animal shelter) and he even helped me when I stopped to help an injured cyclist. At 3 I see how he inspires adults and children by the choices he makes. We can teach our children to give at any age.
World Give Day is just around the corner (put in the date). You don’t have to give away your life savings or volunteer for 100 hours to make an impact. Just do/give one thing. My challenge to you is to commit to give one thing every day for a week and see how it feels. I guarantee you it will feel good, you will feel happy and after the week, inspired to give more. You will know that every day of your life has counted.
Time Commitment: You never stop giving
When initiating 365give I did some extensive research to see what was going on in the world of daily giving. As much as I thought my 365give idea was unique if 10,000,000 other people were blogging the same concept to give everyday for 365 days I may have struggled with the impact and inspiration I could have made. Obviously since I am now on day 205 of 365 days of giving I did not find 10,000,000 doing the same thing. I did find one person that has stood out to me over the course of my journey – Carlo.
Day 205: Give 205
“An ordinary guy’s guide to giving back everyday. My name is Carlo and my mission is to give to charity every day for a year. This mission is built on a belief that you don’t have to be rich in dollars to make a difference, you only need to be rich in spirit. I may not always be able to give a lot, but I will Give Everyday.” - Living Philanthropic
Carlo and I have never except through our social media outlets but we have a lot in common. We believe that one person can make an impact. One person can give everyday. Even if you aren’t rich you can give.
Today is Carlo’s last day of daily giving – it is his Day 365. I feel like popping a bottle of bubbly and celebrating for him. If I lived a little closer I would be attending his Day 365 closing party in Chicago. It’s free and will be excepting donations to raise funds for Foundation Escalara. If you live in Chicago sign up for some serious dancing and celebrating.
Over the course of the year Carlo has personally donated $4165.81. As he explains on his site he does not have a lot of extra money to give but with a little cutting back here and there makes it possible to give everyday. I like to call it the the “Latte factor” a term coined by author David Bach- Live Rich Finish Rich.
On average a daily latte costs $5.00. Multiply that $5.00 by 365 days and you could contribute at least $1825.00 in a year to your favourite charity. Cut back on your 10th pair of blue jeans, 6th pair of shoes or 8th lipstick and you are well on your way to making a major yearly contribution.
On top of his personally donation, Carlo inspired another $14,384 worth of donations from readers. Fantastic! A huge contribution to not-for-profits across the world. Not only did Carlo raise money but her also raised awareness for all of these organizations he featured, a contribution you cannot put a dollar value on.
Today I am going match Carlo’s donation for his featured charity which is in honour of his Mother.
“Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged”
My donation is in honour of Carlo. Read Carlo’s story. It’s simple, it’s possible and he makes giving something we can do everyday. Thank you for inspiring so many through your giving, your writing and your daily commitment. Above and beyond the personal cash donation you made everyday, you shared your research, your knowledge and your own personal time. That is called volunteerism. Those are endless hours of time and energy going towards a greater good. We all look forward to watching year 2 as the new Living Philanthropic grows and teaches us even more.
Time Commitment: 2 minutes
Today’s GIVE was a big one for me. It was a give to my husband and a little piece of my sanity that went with it. What is it like when a man gets sick vs a women? I will let you answer that one yourself – I already know the answer and don’t want to spoil it for those women that don’t know yet.
Give 172: Day 172
For those of you that don’t have kids you may not understand this give. But for those of you that do, you may know that Saturday morning’s are a sacred time for Mothers. If you happen to be going past a children’s park or playground on a Saturday morning you will notice that a large majority of the parents are Dads on their own with their children. You may think there is a secret club that has deemed Saturday mornings “Dad time” with the kids. It’s actually not about Dad’s at all but all about Mom’s. I am a full time Mom, full time blogger and I have my own business on the side. By the time Saturday morning comes every week I need a 4 – 5 solid hours of uninterrupted ”me” time. I get to do whatever I want. I work out, a walk on the sea wall, catch up on work, housecleaning and on the odd occasion I may even get my nails done. That’s a really big day.
My husband works very hard for a living. He is brilliant, creative and has a job he loves. It’s all you could ask of your Partner. But in return, he works very long hours so I’m on my own most days right up to bed time and many days even after that. By the time Saturday morning arrives I can’t wait to throw on my running shoes and really run out the door for my sanity break. This morning – I gave a great gift to my husband. I didn’t run away. Our entire family has been fighting the nasty cold going around and my husband was hit with it this week. I let him sleep today. My son Nic and I were up just after 6:00 am and he slept until 10:30 am. I’m not sure I have ever slept that late in my life. ( I had the same cold a week ago) Not only that, once coffee was made and the rain had stopped I took my son down to the beach to play for the afternoon. I didn’t take the day off at all. No sanity break, no nails, no workout, no work time.
So it’s 10:00 pm on a Saturday night and I am drafting my post in hopes I can get it posted for tomorrow. I may be a little more tired today and a little less sane but my husband got some much needed rest. As much as I may have needed the break my husband needed ti more and I was happy to give him that.
Giving doesn’t have to be across an ocean or even next door. Giving to your partner / spouse every day will make you happy. It’s why I married my husband because we both give to each other in so many different ways every day. No limits, no conditions – just pure love. Giving comes from your heart so why not start in your home.
Time Commitment: My 4-5 hours sanity time