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What is a “GIVE”

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.

A Random Act of Kindness

Wikipedia definition:  “a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier.”
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is quoted as “inspires people to practice kindness and to “pass it on” to others.

Good Samaritan

WorldNetWeb definition:  “a compassionate person who unselfishly helps others.”


Wikipedia: “the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of mankind, as by charitable aid or donations.”
The Business Dictionary: “Greek term translated as “love of mankind.”

They are all great words and definitions. Giving to me takes on the form of a great recipe. A little bit of everything mixed together with some of my own spice. .


As defined by Jacqueline Way: An action executed to support or increase the well being of mankind, animal-kind and earth-kind.

This can be achieved by:

Volunteering spontaneously throughout your day or planning your volunteer time through organizations or for a worthy cause
Donating or raising money, goods or services for a cause
Using your personal purchasing power to create change
Lending a hand to another person, animal or the planet earth when in need
Using your experience and influence to educate, create awareness or generate dialogue about a cause or issue

I would love to hear your definition of a GIVE.

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)