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The Soul of Money

In less than a week my mission to change the world begins. I feel like I am in the process of retraining my brain. I look for, search out and see different opportunities to give back every day. I’m discovering ways to give that I didn’t even know existed without leaving my home office.

Did you know there are sites dedicated to shopping online that with donated a portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice? I like to shop! Anyone else out there reading that likes to shop?

The first site I came across was IGIVE. Understandable the name caught my eye. You can search by brand, charity, retailer. Their mission makes giving simple. “To enable the economic power of individuals to benefit their chosen communities.” Simple put, if your going to shop make choices that benefit others at the same time. Our purchasing power has a huge effect on the world – especially in North America.

You don’t have extra money to make a cash donation? You don’t have to, let sites like this do it for you.  Where in your life can you do this every day? Make a choice to give back to the world with your purchasing power rather than strip the world. Here’s a couple of simple examples.

Local Farmers Market: Buy local, buy organic, get your veggies, fruit, cheese, bread.  Shopping at a farmers market gives back to the planet.

Ethical Investing: Save for retirement and instantly support companies with sustainable ethic values.

I recently read a book called The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist. The author warns you upfront that by the end of the book, the way you think about money will change. It did for me. It was very eye opening read. Their guiding principles are those which can change the world. I have listed their principle below.

Prosperity flows from sufficiency — the recognition of enough.
Each individual makes a difference.
What we appreciate appreciates.
Collaboration generates prosperity.
Our legacy is what we live – not what we leave.
Gratefulness is the heart of generosity.
Global citizenship is the natural outcome of an awakening consciousness.

It may be the simple decision like shopping the Craigslist for used items rather than always buying new. It may be the simple choice of not buying your child yet another plastic toy that they will be bored of in 2 days and add to the wonderful world of landfills. It may be as simple as choosing paint for your new decor ideas at home. Eco friendly paint verses regular paint. The choices are there for us every day. More and more shopping options are availble to make a difference every day. So the next time you are debating about the organic apples in the grocery store vs. regular, think of the big picture. If I buy that organic apple I am supporting a system that gives back to the planet or not.

All I ask is to just think about it before you make your next purchase. Is there anyway your purchase could make a difference. You choice -give or not to give. I am hoping we will all choose to give in some way every day: 365days – 365 gives.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)