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Giving to Others Is a Gift to Yourself

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Betty Ann Heggie

Giving detaches us from our obsessive thinking about ourselves. It breaks down loneliness by creating a human connection. Giving and happiness feed one another -- both are intertwined. Giving to others is a gift to yourself.

An Unconventional Holiday List

Margot Franssen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Margot Franssen

My favourite holiday list is my own personal checklist for charitable giving. Personally, I'd rather choose one organization that fits my values and priorities, and then confidently donate a good chunk of change over the long-term -- sort of like investing in a blue-chip stock. How to choose?

5 Great Ways to Help Out Charities This #GivingTuesday

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Giving Tuesday offers an alternative to the glut of consumerism. Created by not-for-profits as a way to promote charitable giving, Giving Tuesday tries to infuse a drop of altruism into the season. Unlike the Friday and Monday preceding it, it's not all about parting with your money.

The Colourful Yarn That Binds Me to Syria

The Purple Fig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
The Purple Fig

I was given the opportunity to visit the Olive Tree Refugee Camp in Atmeh Syria. All the little girls approached me with their unique knitted creations. When I had to say my goodbyes, one woman voiced her concerns about the lack of yarn to work with. That same night, I wrote out the plan for Tight-Knit Syria, a project to help supply yarn, as well as establish an online store to sell knitted products from the Olive Tree Camp.

How to Find a Charity to Support

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

There are so many worthy causes out there...it can be overwhelming sometimes to know how to choose the one you want to support. Firstly, decide what matters to you. The environment, equality, animals, homelessness?

Want To Feel Great? Try My True and Tested Method

Lynda Fishman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

The reality is that we do not have to be professional "life-savers" to help people. Each of us can choose to live a meaningful life, to have a positive impact on others, and to embrace and help people in need. No cameras. No medals. No public recognition... just ordinary "heroics" by ordinary people. I believe that there is "magic" in kindness.

Do the Good Guys Ever Really Win?

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Taslim Jaffer

Public shaming has become a widespread disease across the web, infecting comment boxes, blog posts, Facebook statuses and tweets. People are not just ...

More than just a Paintball Team

Mike Nelson | Posted 12.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Nelson

One of the most common things you will hear a member of the Crimson Sabres proudly say is, "We are more than Just a Paintball Team" But, what exactly do they mean? Most importantly, Why.

Giving Thanks for Edelman's Little Give

Caroline Mulroney Lapham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Caroline Mulroney Lapham

This summer I received an amazing email. Earlene Tang, Account Director for Edelman, a global PR firm, wrote me to ask if the Shoebox Project for Shelters would be interested in being one of their partners in its corporate social responsibility program called the "Little Give."

What Kind of Man Wears High Heels?

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Jerry Dias

Until women of all ages can exist without the terror of violence, can move around at any time of the day without fear of consequence, and can enjoy equal access to opportunities in all areas of life, none of us are truly free. I'm taking responsibility to end violence, by not only participating in this walk, but by talking to other men about their responsibility to end violence and promote gender equality.

Why Sharing Your Story is the Best Way to Change the World

Erin Giles | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Giles

If we are going to impact the world for the better, we must tell our stories. In fact it's the most important story we can tell. Your story has the power to change misconstrued perceptions, ritualistic rules and most of all the world for the better.

We Day: An Inspiration For Change

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.

Where is Your Charity Money Really Being Spent?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

The results of a recent study conducted by MoneySense on charity spending are shocking, to say the least. The difference in the ways that charities are being run is frightening. I counted 13 very well-known charities that spend less than 50 per cent of the money they raise on programs. Two were less than 40 per cent!

Are Screaming Charities Deafening Donors?

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

Is all this cause marketing too much to care about? Everywhere you turn today, there's another worthy cause trying to get your attention, time, and in all likelihood, money. As a result of the increased marketing noise, I'd argue we've become anesthetized to all the pleas.

Turning Tragedy Into Inspiration

Krista Noack | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Krista Noack

There is a saying out there that goes, "Everything happens for a reason." There are some things in life that this statement can apply to, but sometime...

Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

Give 30 is an initiative established in 2012, tapping into Ramadan's lessons on social solidarity, to mobilize everyone -- regardless of faith or background -- to address the challenges of hunger in our society. Hunger in Canada is not an issue of food scarcity. Rather, it is directly related to income sufficiency and security.

"Fashion With A Heart" Celebrates The Kol Hope Foundation For Children

Ramp1885.com | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Fashion With A Heart. By: Hina P. Ansari Photography by Candice Kaye /CPFW In mid-June, the uber sexy Thompson Hotel played host to ...

What if All the G20 Leaders Were Girls?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Imagine the G20 Leaders (Zuma, Obama, Harper, Pena Nieto, Rousseff, Fernandez de Kirchner, Jinping, Keqiang, Yudhoyono, Abe, Geun-hye, Singh, Putin, Erdogan, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, Letta, Abdullah and Gillard). Open your eyes. Now imagine 20 girls. What you see are the G(irls)20 Summit delegates.

Calgary's World Partnership Walk - Taking Steps to End Global Poverty

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

One of my earliest memories as a child was going to Prince's Island Park in Calgary every June to walk The World Partnership Walk. Back then, I looked forward to it because we made it a family affair. I would head down to the park with my family and it seemed that in exchange for walking a mere 8 kilometers or so, I would receive a delicious chili lunch, have a chance to part in some fun activities, get my face painted and even come away with a few prizes (it was all well worth the stickers).

Every Contribution Counts: Tips for Fundraising on Facebook

Jordan Banks | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada
Jordan Banks

What we've learned at Facebook is that with more than 18 million active users across the country, Canadian charities have the potential to use the social network to engage and inspire people to tap into their connections, helping to raise awareness and donations.

Changing Your Brand Can Be Like Herding Cats

Mary Donohue | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

We've all heard the saying "It's like herding cats." As challenging as that might be, it's not much more difficult than building consensus with a global committee: everyone has a different view, and often a territorial approach to meetings. In fact, while herding cats is tough, creating a brand change in corporations may be even tougher.

Hope Is Greater Than Fear

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Sandra Hawken Diaz

The most dangerous time for an abused women is when she attempts to leave her abuser. And although Canada has more than 400 emergency shelters, in some communities women and their children are regularly turned away because the shelters are full.

When Slacktivism Isn't Good Enough

Nikki Thomas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Nikki Thomas

Raising awareness is often a good first step, and functions well as a means to an end -- but it cannot be viewed as an end in itself. Activism simply does not end with the sharing of a Facebook post or a retweet; it's great to tell your friends that something is important enough to share with them, but it's virtually meaningless if it doesn't lead to further action.

From Brain Tumour Patient to Cross-Country Runner

Ben Seewald | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada
Ben Seewald

It has been almost 17 years since I heard the startling words that changed my life forever. "You have a brain tumour" -- those five little words had the power to turn my life upside down and set me on a completely different course in life.

F*** Cancer: Life Lessons From My Mother

Julie Greenbaum | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Greenbaum

The memories of my mother are not of a cancer victim, they are not of a shaved head, or intravenous tubes, or a frail body. They are her wonderful spirit, her brave beautiful smile, and a loving acceptance of life that was contagious with everyone she touched. My mother didn't just talk the talk, she walked the walk.