September
18

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.”

Philanthropist

  • 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. .

A GIVE

  • 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.

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