Posts tagged volunteer
If you are able to pin me down at any moment during the day, I am running between a number of different jobs. I am full time stay at home Mom. By definition, as founder of 365give, I am a “philanthropist.” I am also the owner of an Event Production company. My forte in the event business in the past has been fundraising events (which I continue to produce) and on occasion, I get the luxury of producing a corporate event. A corporate event means I have a budget to spend money without pursuing sponsorship money or in-kind donations which are generally required.
This past week I produced one of those big expensive corporate events. I was responsible for the decor – making the venue ( District 319) look fantastic, illuminated in yellow. We rented white leather furniture, bought dozens of pillows, candles and spent thousands on the floral alone.
You might wonder what happens to all this “stuff” at the end of the event. Food, flowers, gift bags the list goes on. After this event a few of these items were going to do some good.
What a great name – Ethical Giving. There is a name for everything to do with giving now. What is Ethical Giving and how can you incorporate it into you life? Plan Canada has a definition on their site.
“Ethical gift giving is about giving a gift that truly matters, a gift that brings with it hope and change. Ethical giving is taking real dollars going to real projects that change real lives.”
A number of years ago my entire family made a decision to stop giving gifts at Christmas. You will see why, let’s do the math.
1 husband + 2 sets of parents + 2 in-laws + 5 siblings + 5 spouses of siblings x 1 kid x 2 nephews = 20 gifts x $30.00 per person Christmas Total $600 (if I’m lucky)
It’s not just the money. You add up the time, the gas, the stress of getting it all done and Christmas is no longer about giving but everything it was never meant to be.
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.