Giving Back

Microvolunteering Makes It Easy To Give Back

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Welcome to microvolunteering, 10-minute increments of doing good that can (mostly) be done from home. Code-slingers and charities are inventing ways to make use of these small pockets of downtime to give a growing movement of people the chance to step up for a cause.

How You Can Make A Difference In The World

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Impact

The word "legacy" can mean different things to different people. To some, it means passing on wealth to their children. To others, it means ensuring their name lives on. In the end, leaving a legacy all comes down to being remembered, to making sure our lives counted for something that won't soon be forgotten.

Why Charities Receive Less During The Summer

Marina Glogovac | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Every year, charities reap the benefits of Canadians' generous holiday spirit, seeing a significant bump in December donations. In fact, more than a third of CanadaHelps' annual donations are achieved in this one month alone. While that seasonal generosity is important for charities, there is an unfortunate downside -- as the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, donations tend to dry up, leaving gaps for many organizations. I call this the "summer drought."

5 Ways Volunteerism Helps You Become A Better Businessperson

Marco Pasqua | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

I'm sure each of us can remember a time when we've volunteered at a local event, donated to a cause that is close to our hearts, or simply did something selfless because it felt good. It may not seem like it, but every time we do, we are developing the leadership skills required to run a successful business and ultimately become a stronger leader.

My Rare Cancer Diagnosis Inspired Me To Give Back

Chad Friesen | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Chad Friesen

On Nov. 20, 2014, my world was rocked by words we all dread: "I'm sorry, you have cancer." We have all been affected by cancer in one way or another -- loved ones, perhaps parents and/or other relatives who have had to fight that battle. Some may have won that battle; however, many may not have been not as fortunate.

I've Made It Through Another Christmas Without Amanda

Carol Todd | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Carol Todd

This was the fourth Christmas with Amanda gone. It feels just like the first one with the deep sighs and sadness. I personally am not feeling that it gets easier with each year going by because the loss is still there. It's not about forgetting or getting over it. It's about missing someone you loved. Yes certainly, we have other family that we love and care about. And we don't love them any less. My experiences this Christmas season have been phenomenal for giving back. Some on my own and some with Amanda's legacy.

For The Man Who Hated Christmas

Giving101 | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- overspending...Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

This Christmas, Let's Spend Money On Things That Matter

Jason Najum | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

When was the exact moment that Christmas became synonymous with buying stuff I do not know, but it seems that we've reached a point of gifting no-return. The idea of simply spending Christmas with your family without the obligatory spending and consumption is not even a possibility. If you're an average person living in a Western nation you can be pretty confident that your intended gift-receiver already has everything he or she needs and most likely lives a year where their other superfluous wants are often met.

Your Next Volunteer Role Could Change Your Life

JA Canada | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
JA Canada

The benefits of volunteering for something you are passionate for and believe in are countless, but it wasn't until recently -- in the last few years to be specific -- that I discovered there were so many opportunities to volunteer that I wasn't pursuing.

How To Keep Your Stress In Check This Holiday Season

Anita Saulite | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

At a time of year where we should be feeling lighthearted, jovial and happy, we are feeling guilty, unhappy and stressed. Keeping our cool this holiday season will require many of us to reflect upon the giving season in a way we have never done before.

Kindness Is The Best Gift This Holiday Season

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It is my hope that the gift of giving back is something we're going to see a lot of this holiday season. From sponsoring an immigrant family escaping a war-torn nation to lending a helping hand at a local soup kitchen, there's always a way to give back.

Volunteering Is Just As Valuable As Paid Work

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

As my professional life blossomed so did the work expectations and long hours that I needed to put into my demanding career. It was an inverse relationship in the making: the more I worked, the less time I had for personal things in my life like athletics, friends and relationships. Something had to give. And sadly it was volunteering.

Charity Isn't Just About Giving Money

Gillian Farber | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Gillian Farber

Charity should not just be about giving away money, rather, one can give away almost anything to anyone in need. I'm not saying don't give -- I'm saying to do your research to find something that has importance and to give with thoughtfulness, true spirit and a genuine desire to help.

7 Back to School Tips From a Kid Like You

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Alper

A new school year is just a few days away and while I love summer (and I had a really great one) I'm really looking forward to going back to school. A new year at school is when you get a fresh start. You can put last year behind you and you get to try new things and do things differently.

On the International Day of Charity, Don't Give. Take.

Jess Tomlin | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Jess Tomlin

It's hard to drum up generosity in a world that always demands you to give, give, give. So, this International Day of Charity, don't give. Take. Here are five takeaways that will make you ready to give again.

Giving Back: 4 Organizations That Are Making A Difference In Canada

Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living

There are many organizations helping Canadians tackle a wide range of issues, from homelessness to feeding hungry schoolchildren. What they all have i...

This 12-Year-Old Paid It Forward for Her Birthday - 12 Times!

Hannah Alper | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

To celebrate her , Maya decided that she was going to do 12 random acts of kindness in one day. She organized a race between three teams trying to do the acts as fast as they could! Sounds kind of like The Amazing Race, right? They called it #MayasAmazingRaceOfKindness.

How I'm Helping to Rebuild Nepal

Mads Hviid Jensen | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Mads Hviid Jensen

Kathmandu's weak infrastructure had not been able to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude. In the week following the quake immediate relief efforts were made by locals and large organisations alike. Emergency distributions of rice ensured people could survive the first few days.

How to Be a Successful Giver

Matthew Held | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Adam Grant author of Give and Take says that the magic number when it comes to volunteering is one hundred hours per year or two hours a week. Research shows that if people volunteer about two hours a week, their happiness, satisfaction, and self-esteem increase a year later.

A Sense of Purpose Can Make You Live Longer

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mabel is one of the elderly participants in an ongoing study at Rush University in Chicago. When she decided to set a goal at 85 years old to write one letter a week, she no longer felt cocooned at home because of her arthritis. Researchers, including psychologist Dr. Patricia Boyle, have discovered that having a purpose in life can actually improve our health.

9 Valentine's Day Gifts To Celebrate All Kinds Of Love

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Impact

Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, we're putting out a call to everyone — yes, everyone — to give a gift. We have lots of suggestions of thing...

I Couldn't Save My Mom From Cancer, So I Do This Instead

Thomas Rigatti | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Thomas Rigatti

Though cancer made me see my mom in her worst physical state, I will always remember her as a strong businesswoman and a dedicated banker. She was a woman who paved the way for many in my family who wanted to pursue traditionally male careers, encouraging them to chase their dreams and show the world that women are powerful, too.

Teacher Keeps Letters For 20 Years -- Then Returns Them To Students

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living

What would a 10-page letter from your Grade 9 self look like? While our keyboard-exhausted fingers could barely even pen more than 15 holiday card...

What It's Like to Be a Young Food Bank Client

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a 26-year-old business professional I face very typical problems on a day to day basis, ones that many of you may face. I have to deal with traffic, I have to find parking in downtown Toronto, I have to deal with deadlines. But it wasn't that long ago that any of these trivial issues were not a concern to me as my only burden was finding my next meal. For two years I battled homelessness and my hope was dependant on youth homes and the kindness of strangers.

Canadian Country Music Superstar a Bright Light for Children in Need

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Author Joan Walker and Canadian country superstar Michelle Wright have something in common: in the midst of busy lives in the public eye, both women volunteer with World Vision Canada. Joan's recent conversation with Michelle sheds light on many aspects of the world renowned singer-songwriter's life, including her deep love for children overseas in desperate need.