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In this week’s Globe & Mail there was an article which jumped out at me. “Canada Ranked Second-Most Charitable in the World”. Globe writer Sarah Boesveld, writes a clear message “Canadians are a giving group of people”. Not surprisingly I was attracted to this headline as I too am Canadian. The World Giving Index commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation, ranks countries “giving” based on three criteria:
- Giving money
- Volunteering time
- Helping a stranger
As I dug a little deeper into this article and the Charities Aid Foundation website I learned another piece of information which I found very interesting. Here is a quote from the World Giving Index report:
“the survey asked people whether they had given money to charity in the last month and to rank how happy they are with life on a scale of one to ten. For all countries CAF compared the strength of the relationship between giving with both a nation’s GDP and the happiness of its population. CAF found that the link between happiness and giving is stronger than the link between wealth and giving.”
Today is September 1, 2010 and I am just 28 days away from starting my new project “365give”. If you have read “My Story” or earlier posts, you will see I have never blogged before. Not only have I never blogged before but my technical savvy stops at attaching a document to an email. So practice makes perfect. I thought I would share a few stories with you about what exactly brought me to this point in my life. I will become a better blogger and you may find something about my story that resonates with you.
Today’s topic – fear.
I like to consider myself smart. I am not highly educated with letters behind my name but I have experience and I work hard. I am resourceful, I have had my own company for 15 years. I have raised millions of dollars for charity throughout my business and my person volunteer work. I have worked with celebrities, billionaires and the homeless. Very few people or situations intimidate me but we all have moments in our life where things flat out scare us. Changing the world is one of those things for me.
I have had a number of brilliant mentors in my life, one being Harry Rosen. Yes there really is a man, Harry Rosen. I worked for Harry in a management role in his stores for a number of years. I was young and there were very few women working in management levels at that time. (I’m not that old I was just really young at the time!) I will always remember one of my first training sessions I did with Harry. He was teaching a group of us how to measure for a custom made suit.
365give launched on a simple premise: One person wanted to create positive change in a world; One person wanted to leave a legacy of giving; One person wanted to create a movement that would mobilize people to give back every day of their lives.
- 365give is simply an online diary of one woman’s actions and impact in changing the world every day for 365days.
- 365give has the potential to create a movement of giving and a community of committed “givers” that can educate and inspire future generations.
But for this to really make a difference – I need you.
Imagine if everyone did one thing everyday for the next 365 days.
We would be the change, we would have a better world.